Sean Coughlan cites the Sutton Trust’s Rules of the Game research in an article for the BBC on a post-qualification admissions system.
Universities are considering whether to shift the timetable of the admissions system so that applications would take place after students have their A-level results.
A review into the admissions process has been launched by Universities UK.
It will examine whether it would be fairer to move away from a system based on predicted exam grades.
There have also been social-mobility arguments that under the current system some disadvantaged youngsters might not even apply to universities their subsequent results might have allowed them to enter.
The Sutton Trust education charity has called for an end to the use of predicted grades, with figures showing almost three-quarters of students did not achieve the grades they had been predicted.