Unconditional offers are letting students down

16 July 2018

University is life-changing for many people, not just in terms of their employment opportunities, but in their outlook and confidence. It certainly changed mine. However, there are some practices, such as unconditional offers, which are letting students down. The increase in unconditional offers has been swift and significant, with fewer than 3,000 recorded in 2013, rising to more than 50,000 in 2017. Ucas’ annual report identifies that the number of unconditional offers from selective universities for high-performing A-level students has increased but not at the same rate as that of recruiting universities for Btec students, a group which is flagged as more likely to drop out and less likely to achieve a first or 2.1 if they do complete. Read more

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