Welsh universities have accepted students who have only managed two E grades in their A-Levels a Freedom of Information request has found. 

The figures were released through Ucas (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) who became subject to the FOI act last November and have prompted a debate into whether the standards are high enough.

Wales Online report:

The strength of Welsh degrees has been called into question after figures revealed universities in Wales are accepting students who were close to failing their exams.

Data obtained by WalesOnline shows students are winning places on university degree courses with the equivalent of just two E grades at A-level.

Aberystwyth University, Swansea Metropolitan and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David all accepted students with 80 tariff points – two A-level passes – or less in September 2012.

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