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    Hey everyone :-) my name is Beth Angharad, and I rarely use TSR so I apologise if I've posted this 'thread' in the wrong discussion, or something I'm still figuring how to use TSR, should really visit it more often...

    This might seem like a bit of an ignorant question, but I was wondering how do universities decide when to give out conditional or unconditional offers? I realise that ability obviously comes into the equation, along with predicted grades, PS etc. But what is it that makes a candidate special enough to receive an unconditional?

    I only ask this because I've seen quite a few applicants on TSR with unconditional offers from top universities, such as Bath and Bristol. Most of the applicants to unis such as these will (presumably) have similar grades, equally good ability in their chosen subject and decent Personal Statements. What is it that really singles out a candidate from everyone else?

    By the way, I'm not hoping to receive any unconditional offers myself- I'm actually thinking it's unlikely I'll get any offers at all - but I was just curious as to how universities decided these things if anyone could satisfy my (pointless and possibly ignorant) curiosity, I'd be very grateful! Thanks x
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    Unconditional offers are for people who already meet the entry requirements, so basically have already sat their exams and got their results.
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    Generally conditional is when you're waiting on the results / exams to get the qualifications required. Unconditional will be when you're applying later and already have confirmed exam results.
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    Universities give unconditional offers to people who have already met the requirements, ie. Already finished their A-levels, and got the required grades. To get an unconditional offer before you've finished your A-levels is pretty much completely unheard of.
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    Ah, I see! Thanks, that makes a lot of sense x
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    (Original post by Beth Angharad)
    Hey everyone :-) my name is Beth Angharad, and I rarely use TSR so I apologise if I've posted this 'thread' in the wrong discussion, or something I'm still figuring how to use TSR, should really visit it more often...

    This might seem like a bit of an ignorant question, but I was wondering how do universities decide when to give out conditional or unconditional offers? I realise that ability obviously comes into the equation, along with predicted grades, PS etc. But what is it that makes a candidate special enough to receive an unconditional?

    I only ask this because I've seen quite a few applicants on TSR with unconditional offers from top universities, such as Bath and Bristol. Most of the applicants to unis such as these will (presumably) have similar grades, equally good ability in their chosen subject and decent Personal Statements. What is it that really singles out a candidate from everyone else?

    By the way, I'm not hoping to receive any unconditional offers myself- I'm actually thinking it's unlikely I'll get any offers at all - but I was just curious as to how universities decided these things if anyone could satisfy my (pointless and possibly ignorant) curiosity, I'd be very grateful! Thanks x
    In the vast majority of cases, it's only when those applicants already fulfil the requirements - for example, they are applying during a gap year and already have A-level grades. However, in some rare cases, unis will decide they want a student no matter what. My friend originally insuranced Swansea, but they changed it to unconditional a few weeks before results day.

    You don't hear of it these days, but Oxford and Cambridge used to give out offers like "EE at A-level" for students they really liked to pretty much guarantee they'd get them.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    In the vast majority of cases, it's only when those applicants already fulfil the requirements - for example, they are applying during a gap year and already have A-level grades. However, in some rare cases, unis will decide they want a student no matter what. My friend originally insuranced Swansea, but they changed it to unconditional a few weeks before results day.

    You don't hear of it these days, but Oxford and Cambridge used to give out offers like "EE at A-level" for students they really liked to pretty much guarantee they'd get them.
    Thanks! That's helpful x
 
 
 
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