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Universities to influence A-levels

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that universities will have more influence on A-level exams. The announcement comes amid concerns that the qualifications are failing to prepare teenagers for university.

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Education ministers have 'ignored advice' about A-levels

Pam Tatlow, chief executive of million+, a university think tank, said: "A-level courses and qualifications must be fit for purpose for employers as well as all universities.

"This is a much more complex task than simply getting a few academics together, especially when you bear in mind the huge range of subjects and courses.

"At a meeting with representatives from across higher education, ministers were advised very clearly that universities did not consider that the A-level system was 'broken'.

She added that education ministers "appear to have ignored this advice".

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