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    I'm generally well versed on the topic of offers and rejections but one thing I don't know much about is universities making counter-offers. Does this happen?

    For example, I'm a mature student and I've applied for a 3 yr BSc course. If the university thought I could be suitable for the course but not quite up to scratch yet, could they decide to make me a different offer, for example the same course with a foundation year?

    Similarly, if a university rejected your original application, could you (or rather would there be any point in you) contact them and ask to be considered again but including the foundation year?

    Yes, Unis can make offers for different courses if they don't think you are up the original choice.

    You can try the Foundation course route after a rejection but if that was available and they didn't offer it, it suggests it would be a No anyway.

    As far as I am aware, if you are suitable for a foundation year but not the three year course, the university will usually offer you this as an alternative. They may also do this for people who badly miss their offer grades on results day. They may also offer an alternative but similar course or courses at undergraduate level that they think you may be suitable for/interested in.

    Usually, if you are rejected outright, this is because they don't believe you're suitable for any of the courses they offer, or possibly that they don't think they will have room for you on the alternative course. There is no harm in asking about the course with a foundation year, but the answer is very likely to be no.

    If you would like to be considered for the course with a foundation year, instead of the course you applied for, you can also discuss this with the university before they make a decision.
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