Is University getting harder?

Data acquired from a Freedom of Information request shows that over the past four years shows that courses provided by Canterbury Christchurch University are getting much harder each year.

In 2015, 83 students were not allowed to progress due to academic failure, rising to 181 in 2016 and it rose even more to 238 in 2017. 

The data shows that over the past four years there has been a 96% increase in students failing. 

According to Canterbury Christchurch, “students not completing their learning journey is always a concern for the University and the students but the reasons are many, and complex”, adding that “all students are also reminded that they can seek support from the Student Support Health and Wellbeing Team if they need to”.

A third year student, from CCCU, Rebecca, failed one of her modules last year and she said that “it gets harder and harder every year and it can be quite demotivating to fail, although I am getting more help from my tutors now”. 

According to The Guardian, university grades are in reality improving, and universities have been handing out first class degrees at an “unprecedented rate”. In 2006/7, University of Wolverhampton gave 5% of students a first class degree, but in 2016/17, 28% of students received a first class degree.

Anna, from the University of Portsmouth, studying biology, said that “it’s not the coursework that is difficult, it is finding the balance of managing your social life, work, employment and more”, adding “I failed a module in second year, but not because of how hard the course but having to balance two jobs to be able to live”.

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