Students invariably have little choice over how schools run their GCSE courses, and we are aware that some schools run their GCSE courses over three years rather than the more usual two. This piece of information alone tells our tutors very little about a student's individual academic potential. Therefore, particular policies of this kind do not play a great role in decision-making throughout our selection processes, and will not (dis)advantage any candidate.

However, we do value schools and colleges detailing on the UCAS form any particular policies they might follow as this helps to place a student's performance further within context.