Local universities give little sympathy to those who miss the mark, even by one or two grades. It might be true that this is simply the natural result of the scarcity of higher education places, but I believe a more holistic approach should be taken in university acceptance.
This is particularly the case with the DSE, as it is still relatively new. Established exams, such as the IB and the A-level, have specific syllabus statements that make it clear what students have to revise for. In addition, the wealth of past papers and model answers allow students to understand exactly what examiners are seeking. But with the curriculum constantly changing, the specific demands of the DSE are still hazy.
It may be possible that the students who achieve different grades are equally capable in the same subject. A perfect example here is Young Post editor Susan Ramsay, who received a three in the liberal studies DSE. Is it a good reflection of educational achievement?
If universities deny students places when they miss the mark by the slightest of margins, it places the wrong emphasis on what is desired in a university student, looking solely at achievement rather than potential or improvement. A very different system is seen in the
The unpredictable nature of the DSE, combined with the somewhat cold process of
When I hear horror stories about missing local university conditional offers, I am relieved I can avoid the dreaded DSE and the cold university admissions process in