Comparing the transfer process from High School to Higher Education in the UK with Iran

Year: 2009
Editor: Clarke, A, Ion, W, McMahon, C and Hogarth, P
Author: Mortezaei, Seyed-Reza; Morris, Richard; Katz, Tim
Page(s): 336-340


Like many Product Design based courses, applicants to the BSc (Hons) Product Design courses at the University of Brighton are required to undertake an interview as part of the assessment process. At Brighton however, little correlation has been shown between applicants A-level scores, their interview scores and their performance at degree level creating difficulties in assessing candidate suitability to join the degree level programmes. On the other hand, the assessment process at Iranian University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Iran follows a different approach in selecting students. Due to a high number of applicants applied for public universities, the process has turned more into a competition than a proper assessment. Research was therefore conducted to understand some of the issues faced by students as they transferred from high school to higher education, including differences experienced in pedagogic practice. This paper assesses and compares the results achieved between the University of Brighton in England and the Iran University of Science and Technology in Iran, looking at similarities and differences from application to award.

Keywords: Admissions, pedagogy, product design

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