Maxi_77 said:Universities have to solve several problems in selecting new entrants. First and formost they need to get a quota of students, core funding is n a per capita basis so the more you can get within certain limits the better, then there is the problem of status, you need status to both get applicants, important, and also to pick up those funded research jobs, once again very important because you need the monet. Staus comes in part from the number of passes and the quality of those passes, so not just any student will do, you need ones with some competance and committment to success.
University admissions people look thus for both the basic academic ability and the commitment, and balance the two, clearly those who simply go through the paper system are only scored on what is on the paper and will have to have higher qualifications, those who go for interviews and make personal contact and mature applicants tend to show greater committment and thus normaly get in with lower paper qualifications. In general an applicant that has gat good enough qualifications for entry from a sink estate comprehensive will score better than some one with the same 'paper' quals but from a public school because they will have neede far more committment to get that far.
I have to disagree with applicants who live on sink estates having more commitment than a public school boy. Many living on these sink estates are hard working people who love their children and in many cases go without things themselves to ensure that their children receive a good education. These tenants are on sink estates normally because they cannot afford to buy their own property and have had to accept that which was available. There are many of them and they greatly outnumber (and in many cases resent) the Chavs who live near them.
By your own admission Peter these children have had parental care and love which surpasses that of the public schoolboy. (sorry had to put that in )