Are the benefits of Pre-U becoming more apparent?

Well, 130 Schools and College throughout the country would say “yes, they are”. Pre-U is a relatively new qualification, born in 2008 and regulated by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, it already has a large number of secondary education providers ‘switching’ to Pre-U from A-Level.


Well there are a number of reasons. Firstly, Universities want to see ‘better equipped’ students, with a more independent style of learning. 140 universities across Britain now accept Pre-U. These include Cardiff, Durham, Imperial and Newcastle University. Secondly, unlike A-Levels the Pre-U grading scale is divided into three separate bands; Pass, Merit and Distinction. In fact a D1 grade (Distinction 1) extends beyond the A* grade, i.e it carries more merit.


A mixture of private independent, grammar and comprehensive schools and sixth-form colleges are offering Pre-U. Schools including Oundle, Dulwich, Watford Grammar, Charterhouse and Westminster. The general consensus amongst these Schools is that A-Levels are becoming devalued, especially when Universities are considering applicants. Universities are looking for a new avenue to ‘pick‘ the top students. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Universities to distinguish between two students who have the same A-Level results, i.e three AAA’s. Personal statements of course help, a good personal statement is key. But results are more important and the introduction of the Pre-U examinations could be what the Universities will start to use to separate similar graded students.

The Pre-U course helps to prepare students for University ‘better’ than A-Levels do.

Of course with everything there are con’s, the Pre-U course is harder than A-Levels. It evaluates students integrity and willingness to learn, something A-Levels don’t do as much. As its name suggests, Pre-U is preparing students for university so of course the content is going to be more advanced.

One final point, there are no retakes! Exams are sat at the end of the two year course. Just ask Gary Lineker!

Good luck choosing.

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