THE vice chancellor of the county university has responded to reports university leaders calling for A-Levels to be axed.

According to The Times, the heads of two universities, with backing of other higher-education leaders, have set out plans for teenagers to focus on learning for the whole of this academic year.

The university leaders, who have called for A-level exams to be cancelled next year, saying it would be 'simply wrong' to waste time on assessment rather than lessons, are at odds with Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson.

Professor Julie Mennell, the University of Cumbria's Vice Chancellor, said this week: “Our mission includes supporting students to achieve their potential and addressing the need for higher level skills across our region.

“We do this through a wide range programmes and qualifications that include not only traditional degrees but also integrated foundation year courses, diplomas, degree apprenticeships, and, for those already in employment, work-based learning and continued professional development opportunities.

"The admission and access routes into these programmes are equally as diverse from A levels, BTEC and access programmes’ qualifications to experiential learning credit that is gained in the workplace.

“Whatever path students take to move onto the next stage of their educational and career journey, one of the most important aspects is that options and opportunities are opened up to them via a thorough and fair admissions process which allows them to demonstrate their abilities, talent and potential.