Commenting on the decision by UCAS, the university admissions service, that the new 16-18 Advanced Diplomas will be worth in excess of three A grades at A-Level, Natalie Evans, Head of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"We have always supported the principle behind these diplomas as there is a clear need for reform in our education system. However, delivery of these educational changes must involve business, taking note of their requirements and expectations.

"If the diplomas are ever going to succeed in improving UK skills, it is crucial that they are credible for business and universities. With this in mind, it is a serious concern of ours that the Russell Group of universities are still not sure about the true credibility of the diplomas."