A levels and university access 2022

Think tank: The Sutton Trust

Author(s): Erica Holt-White; Rebecca Montacute

August 4, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Sutton Trust looks at whether efforts have gone far enough to help pandemic related earning loss.

This year has seen exams take place again for the first time since 2019, a move back towards the pre-pandemic norm for schools and colleges across the country. But the cohort of young people taking exams this year have faced years of disruption to their educations, which has continued even when they’ve been back in the classroom. Mitigations for this year’s exams have been put in place, and a range of catch-up support has been offered in schools across the country to help support young people. But have these efforts gone far enough to take into account pandemic related learning loss? And what will this all mean for university admissions? This research brief by Erica Holt-White and Dr Rebecca Montacute explores the ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic, taking into account the views of young people applying to university this year, and teachers with knowledge of this year’s exam cohorts.