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AGCAS backs degree classification scrapping plans

Published: Monday, 07 June 2010   Category: Employer News

Employers would welcome the chance to see a more general overview of graduates' abilities and qualifications, it has been suggested.

Last week, the Higher Education Policy Institute called for the degree system to be scrapped in a new report entitled 'Comparability of degree standards?'

The body proposed replacing the 2:1 and 2:2 classifications with transcripts of the courses students have studied and a broader statement of their attributes.

Martin Pennington, director of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service (AGCAS), claimed that the move would represent a significant step forward.

"Clearly what employers have been asking for is something which enables them to discriminate a bit more easily between different graduates," he said.

"What you do during your degree course is very much more than what you do in the lecture theatre, the library and the examination room."

A recent report by the National Centre for Languages suggested that UK graduates are "falling behind, or at a disadvantage" when compared with other candidates for jobs in multi-national organisations due to a lack of language skills.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19822931-ADNFCR

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