Some higher education (HE) providers operate a policy to exclude native language qualifications from consideration when assessing an applicant for admission to certain courses or programmes – either at the point of initial consideration of the application or at the offer-making stage.
The basis for these policies appears to be an assumption that a language qualification is less demanding for a native speaker than for a non-native speaker, and consequently some HE providers attach less importance to that qualification.
SPA originally worked with the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) to consider this issue in detail. Together we reached the conclusion that such an exclusion may be considered unlawful, on the basis of race discrimination.
SPA has developed a briefing which provides good practice recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions about this issue.