Students who fail units are highly likely to fail again without targeted assistance. But when universities intervene early to support these students, their rate of failure has been nearly halved.
Although the government has identified a real problem, its heavy-handed regulation would create unnecessary red tape for universities and exclude students who should get a second chance.
Between 23% and 52% of education, civil engineering, nursing and commerce students failed a unit of their degree. Those who failed a subject were four times more likely to drop out of their course.