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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    That leaves the student with a lot of options that are not go to university I am bound to go to, doesn't it? It doesn't sound much like consideration for a contract.

    Why is it that every source I've seen online (just found another one, from sussex: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studywithus/...conditions.php, and one from bath: http://www.bath.ac.uk/comp-sci/under...te/offers.html) seems to back my point up, yet you just keep repeating the fact that it's not a contract...

    Remember - a contract is a legally binding agreement between multiple parties. There are certain legal issues (unfair terms etc), but there can be as many ways of getting out of said contract as the parties wish to include.

    In this case, the ways out of the contract are

    The student wishes to withdraw from UCAS entirely
    The student did not disclose a material fact on their application
    The student did not achieve the required grades (though the uni can accept anyway)
    the student changes the exams they're taking
    the student AND the university mutually agree

    (may be a few others I haven't included...)

    (Original post by chriscpritchard)
    yet you just keep repeating the fact that it's not a contract...
    And I've already explained why.

    (Original post by Good bloke)
    And I've already explained why.
    And I just explained why it is, BACKED UP BY SOURCES...

    Edit: Consideration can be a promise to do something, in this case it's

    Student: I promise to go to your univesity, unless I don't meet the conditions (then I will be able to go to insurance or go through clearing), lied on the application form or don't go to any university
    University: I promise to accept you into our university, assuming you meet the conditions, you didn't lie on the application form, you meet our conditions and that we are running the course
    Both Parties: We can mutually agree to end this arrangement and allow the student to apply for another place through clearing or go to their insurance

    (Original post by Good bloke)
    No, I'm not saying that. There are reasons why candidates can lose offers - mainly to do with dishonesty in the application or changing the content of the application - but they are generally safe after accepting an offer. The UCAS rules protect them. However, the university may not, in the end, run the course at all, which would also leave the student high and dry - though this happens extremely rarely. The argument was about the myth that the university is bound under a contract to take the student, which it isn't.
    but if their is no contract they you aint guarantee a places? correct?

    I'm not sure, and i aint arguing just wondering
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    Just to re-rail the thread and give everyone an update, I phoned Cardiff up and they said that they would've taken my entire application into account (meaning they would've seen my lack of said grade), and mirrored the sentiments above in that once I accept it's pretty much binding on the university and they can't just change their mind and rescind it. I'm overjoyed!

    (Binding in the sense that without some kind of extraneous reason such as the university being destroyed or the course simply not running, that is; although I've heard in the latter case they're at least obligated to try and find you another)
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