TOP universities across Britain are shunning A-level results to select students of the future.
A report out today says that at least 18 are setting their own admissions tests because they believe they can no longer rely on A-level results alone to gauge a candidate's ability.
And a Slaithwaite academic believes it is a sound move.
Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial College, London, said A-level grade inflation had destroyed its ability to discriminate between bright and average students.
The report comes from Universities UK, the body representing vice-chancellors, and estimates that one in seven of its 132 members has introduced such exams.
The move is seen as a further blow to the credibility of A-levels.
It has also angered critics who say the university entrance tests will help middle-class students whose parents can afford coaching for them.
Many of those setting their own exams are members of the Russell Group of elite universities and institutions.
The tests, used mainly for popular courses such as law or medicine, include aptitude exercises, essay writing, critical thinking and subject-specific exams, in addition to other forms of testing, such as interviews and auditions.