By - fightitdude
Unconditional offers are really only given for two reasons:
1. You’ve already achieved your grades. This will cover the vast majority of offers.
2. “Conditional-unconditionals”, where you get an unconditional if you make the uni your firm. This is a predatory tactic to get bums on seats / get tuition fee money. It’s really only lower-ranked unis desperate for students that would do it these days as an incentive to get students to come. UCAS is trying to crack down on it.
3. Occasionally when you're predicted are way higher than the offer they usually give. My mother got an unconditional offer to do an art course at Falmouth because she was a straight A student. This usually only applies to practical subjects that you have to audition/send a portfolio
Ah, yeah, for portfolio subjects you can also get an offer if they think you're good enough regardless of what grades you get.
Unconditional offers (or sometimes 2 Es) have been a thing for nearly 10 years, since the cap on government loan funded places was removed. They work well for HE institutions, not always the lower-ranked ones, in subjects with lesser contact hours, principally in the humanities. If you're offerd one of these, look into the actual student experience at that institution *in that subject* before pushing the button on a firm acceptance.
I'm currently receiving unconditional offers because I've already taken my A Levels and have achieved the grades required. I can't think of any other situation where someone would get an unconditional offer.
Well it depends where you apply really. If you apply somewhere good (Oxbridge Imperial etc) and you get an unconditional then you’re probs just a genius. If you apply somewhere not as great, chances are they give out unconditionals to keep students flowing in. More students = more tuition fees. In my sister’s year, a certain midlands uni gave unconditionals to half of the sixth form.
You’re not going to get an unconditional from any of those unis unless you’ve already sat your exams, they don’t give them out. Only lower rank unis will give them out without you already having sat them, very top unis absolutely won’t
My teacher said people do that exceptionally well in the interview ( those that do something never seen before ) get unconditional offers so you need to be unique in some way and really surprise them at the interview
Interviews are for only a handful of courses/unis, tending to be for very competitive courses (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy etc) or for very competitive universities (oxford, cambridge, Imperial etc). This makes it unlikely that they would ever give an unconditional UNLESS you have already achieved the grades (gap year), so your explanation doesn’t hold
Oh strange maybe I misunderstood my teacher or something
I have received an unconditional offer. I expect my other offers to be unconditional too. This is just because I already have my A-Level results
Children of military parents gets you Jack sh*t at decent unis. Most don’t even recognise it for widening participation despite it being a group where there’s low representation in HE. I know this from my close friend’s recent experience. Many make the right noise about it, but when it comes to it, it’s literally hollow words, lip service. Being in care or a refugee etc yes, but v few high ranking unis care about military kids even though some of them have had a very disrupted education & tough time, like my friend.
i'm really sorry to hear that - that's awful, my friend didn't apply to particularly high-ranking universities but she had a good experience so i wrongly assumed that it would reflect similarly with better universities. i hope that changes in the near future, sorry about your friend
Yeah. I was quite surprised when I saw what they’ve gone through. Seeing it on Uni websites then when they email they’ve told ‘no’ as it’s not seen as extenuating enough or contextual. You’ve got to wonder why these unis mention it in their widening participation documents then if they’ve no intention of applying it… want to be seen to be supportive when in fact they aren’t. Lip service. I think it might be better for lower ranked unis & uncompetitive courses but really it should be across the spectrum.