I read with interest the article suggesting that degree entry requirements should be relaxed, and look forward to reading the JBM study report.
It is unfortunate that the article contained some significant inaccuracies which might mislead members.
SARTOR rules do not say that engineers seeking chartered status must have 24 A-level points if they study for an MEng degree or 18 points for a BEng degree. What it does is set out a range of over 30 criteria that should be considered in granting accreditation. One of these, in respect of courses starting in September 2000, is that 60% of the total entry should have attained 24 points for an MEng course and 18 points for a BEng course. On this basis, the candidate quoted 'with 20 to 22 A-level points, a string of A grades at GCSE and a year bridge-building in Botswana' should have no difficulty in being accepted on an MEng course.
If people would only read SARTOR, there would be no need for me to write letters like this.
David Rogers (F) 8 Blackthorne Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1PF