University admissions are in need of an overhaul, it has been claimed.
Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), suggested that students should apply for courses during the summer – after they have received their A-level results, the Daily Telegraph reports.
"I have come to the conclusion that probably the biggest single reform that we can do in the qualifications arena and higher education is to move to a post-qualifications admissions system," Ms Curnock Cook commented.
"This is something that's been put in the 'too difficult to handle box' for a very long time."
She added that she was surprised to receive a circular from exam boards setting out A-level results dates for the next five years.
"I cannot believe that in the next five years we cannot speed up the marking of exams," Ms Curnock Cook added.
Ucas figures published earlier this year show that 200,000 people missed out on university this year, with that number expected to rise significantly in 2011.