We understand why the authors of this report would look to Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) to help tackle grade inflation. However, we have serious concerns about the practicality of the recommended solutions, which are listed below.
Within chemistry, there is a great diversity of routes and courses such as BSc, MChem – both with and without industrial placements – and degree apprenticeships.
It is not clear that a single three to four-hour exam could robustly measure students' achievements in all of these routes and we believe they should be recognised for their academic attainment as a whole. This is a particular concern for a practical subject like chemistry.
We would encourage greater understanding of the data, causes and subject variations before assuming that a single national assessment is an appropriate solution.