Having an unconditional offer from your favourite university at an early stage of your application can be very reassuring. It means that if you select them as your firm choice, you will definitely be accepted on to the course, regardless of what grades you get in the summer.
If you're taking exams and have been made an unconditional offer, your results won't affect whether or not you get accepted. Although your place won't be dependent on your grades, taking your exams is really important to prepare you for university. When you start your course, you’ll be straight into assignments, coursework and for many courses, exams. The qualifications you’re studying for at the moment are essential preparation for this and are the foundations of your future studies.
There’s a lot to think about when you are applying for university, so before you select one as your firm choice, make sure you know the facts.
We’ve put together these Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand the unconditional offer scheme at Worcester. Here are some other sources of information that you may find helpful:
- All successful University of Worcester Applicants, whether they are holding a Conditional or an Unconditional Offer, are invited to attend an Applicant Day at the University. This gives you a chance to visit the campus, attend subject-specific activities, tour the Accommodation and meet academic staff. You can also discuss any questions you may have about your offer with our Admissions Team. If you can’t attend any of our Applicant Days, get in touch with us on 01905 855 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange another time for you to visit us.
- The UCAS website has lots of information for applicants, including details on undergraduate offers. They also have an interactive blog, with additional advice and the option to submit a question to a professional advisor on accepting an unconditional offer.
Going to university is a big commitment, and it’s important that your firm choice is your preferred choice for the right reasons. Before you accept an offer, do your research, ask your questions and make sure it’s where you want to go. You are very welcome to contact us for further guidance at email@example.com or telephone 01905 855 111.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you making Unconditional Offers to some applicants?
We are looking for students who we believe will be really successful at the University of Worcester and we are using past and predicted academic performance as one method of identifying such people.
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme allows us to target students who demonstrate a strong track record of academic performance in their schooling to date, taking into consideration the views of their current institution and teachers. An unconditional offer enables them to continue their academic career at Worcester, if they make Worcester their firm choice.
We believe these applicants will make an important contribution to the University and will gain immensely from their time with us. We hope that the unconditional offer will demonstrate to these students our confidence that they have the necessary qualities to do well in one of our degree programmes. We also hope that the unconditional offer will relieve some of the pressure students feel at this time and will enable them to focus on achieving the excellent grades that will become part of their CV.
How do you choose who will receive an Unconditional Offer?
An Admissions Tutor makes a proper and careful examination of each application and must be convinced that the potential of the applicant has been clearly demonstrated, and that if the applicant works with the normal expected diligence at the University of Worcester, they are likely to be successful.
Whilst we cannot be certain that the applicants will achieve their predicted grades, their applications are assessed in a holistic way, taking into account all of the information supplied, including the applicant’s previous academic achievement, the reference and the candidate’s personal statement.
The Admissions tutor will look for a strong academic profile in terms of achieved and predicted academic success. The criteria will include a minimum GCSE attainment level as well as A Level (or equivalent) predictions, in addition to an excellent personal statement and reference. For some courses, an interview or portfolio review will be included.
We are also respecting the judgement of the applicants’ references - those who currently know them best from an academic viewpoint.
How will I know if I have been made an Unconditional Offer?
Successful applicants will receive an official Offer Letter from the University. The Offer Letter will advise them that they have been selected for an unconditional offer.
The initial offer for the programme will be conditional. Once the applicant chooses the University of Worcester as their firm choice through UCAS, their unconditional offer will then be activated by the University. By accepting our offer this means that they are committing themselves to the University of Worcester and declining all other choices with UCAS.
Is there anything else that an applicant would need to do to accept their unconditional offer? Is there a deadline?
Applicants simply need to accept Worcester as their firm choice on UCAS Track.
The deadline for UCAS applicants to accept our offer is the same as the deadlines set by UCAS, which can be found on the UCAS website:
Why do Applicants have to choose you as Firm?
This is a two-way agreement – we believe the applicant to be capable of achieving good grades, that s/he will continue to do their best to do so and that they are likely to be successful on their chosen university course. This merits an unconditional offer. By making the offer unconditional, we are taking some of the pressure off the applicant during the exam period. In return, we expect the applicant to show their commitment to us and make us their firm choice.
Why do you make Conditional Offers to some students?
A Conditional Offer is made after careful examination of the application shows that there is clear potential for the applicant to be successful on their chosen university course, but that this needs to be confirmed by achieving grades in specific examinations, such as A Levels.
What if I don’t have GCSEs
If an applicant doesn’t have GCSE qualifications or equivalent year 11 results we will not be able to consider them for the unconditional offer scheme as we must have evidence of academic previous achievement. However, such an applicant could be made a standard conditional offer if they were suitable.
What if I’m not taking A Levels?
We will consider other qualifications under our unconditional offer scheme providing that the applicant has suitable attained results and predicted grades and that these are included on the application form. Other qualifications we typically expect to be able to consider for an offer under the scheme are: BTECs, International Baccalaureate Diploma, and combinations of qualifications.
We are unable to consider applicants who are taking Access and Foundation qualifications for an offer under the scheme. This is because these qualifications are typically taken in one year and therefore predicted grades are either unavailable or based on a very small amount of study. We are also unable to make an offer under this scheme where an applicant needs to achieve English proficiency as part of their currently incomplete qualification. Such applicants can of course be considered for a standard conditional offer.
Do students still actually need to get an A level? A completely unconditional offer implies that they do not.
An unconditional offer is unconditional and the student will be accepted irrespective of their final grades. If an applicant does not achieve the grades they were expecting, we would want to have a conversation with them. Although their place is confirmed, it may be that immediate progression to a university course might not be in their best interests and we would want to offer practical advice to help them explore their options.
However, these offers are being made to students who have a history of good academic achievement. We believe that their ambition to do well will ensure that they continue to work to attain good grades that will be part of their CV throughout their working lives.
Doesn’t the unconditional offer send out the message that it doesn’t matter what grades the student ultimately achieves?
Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have already demonstrated their motivation. We believe that this focus and determination to achieve is unlikely to disappear because of an unconditional offer. We hope that the offer will give students more self-belief and confidence in their own abilities. We encourage all applicants to work hard and to apply themselves, as this gives an excellent foundation for success at university.
What advantage is there to the applicants of an unconditional offer?
What we are doing will take away the uncertainty of achieving a place at University for these students and thus allow them to concentrate fully on doing the best they can in their current studies. We also want the students to start building their relationship with the University as soon as possible so they make an excellent transition from School/College to University study.
Unconditional offer holders will not receive any priority over other offer holders in the allocation of University accommodation. Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of whether the offer is Conditional or Unconditional. Applicants are able to apply for Accommodation as soon as they have made Worcester your firm choice.
Are applicants able to defer their unconditional offer to 2020 entry?
Yes, but only if they meet or exceed the original conditional offer otherwise the unconditional offer is only valid for the academic year in which it is issued.
Can I be considered for the scheme if I am an overseas applicant?
We cannot consider applicants who require a visa to study in the UK for an offer under this scheme.
What happens if I change my mind?
Applicants who accept an offer but then change their mind within 14 days can change their reply themselves through UCAS Track. If they change their mind after 14 days, then need to contact us and also contact the Customer Experience Centre at UCAS.