RUSSELL GROUP AND ADMISSIONS
Look at the facilitating subjects-they do help
Its worth reminding ourselves, just occasionally, that Universities are independent and autonomous organisations and so are responsible for their own admissions decisions. The social mobility and access agendas, and the work of the access regulator OFFA can sometimes muddy the water on this issue.
It has been made clear by Russell Group universities (ie the self-appointed elite) that if you want to maximise your chances of admission to their universities they rate some qualifications as more rigorous and robust than others. The term Facilitating subjects is now often used when discussing admissions to HEIs.
Facilitating subjects are a group of subjects that the Russell group of universities identified in their Informed Choices publication that are usually considered to be helpful and/or required for particular courses at their universities. Informed Choices says that pupils need ‘ to have clear information about how the subjects that they choose to study in the sixth form or at college can affect their options at university and their chances in life. That way, they can make well-informed decisions.’
Such openness and transparency by universities can, it is thought, help applicants and advisers understand the prior qualifications needed or preferred by applicants to specific courses.
Informed Choices says.. ‘some university courses may require you to have studied a specific subject prior to entry, others may not. However, there are some subjects that are required more often than others. These subjects are sometimes referred to as facilitating subjects’.
Subjects that can be viewed as ‘facilitating’ subjects are:
• Mathematics and Further Mathematics
• English (Literature)
• Languages (Classical and Modern)
Informed Choices -a Russell Group Guide to Making Decisions about Post 16 Education- 2012