Should an unconditional offer always be unconditional? Watch
Should an unconditional offer stay unconditional if the student can't meet the expected bare minimum?
I understand that unconditional offers mean that the uni agrees to accept the student so long as they don't get a criminal record, but does that mean they should? What if the student gets a U in a course that's related to the degree? Like an English Lit degree applicant getting a U in English Lit A-level? Would it not mean that the student may struggle with degree study?
Just interested to hear what other people think about this.
The 2 people I know who got unconditional offers from Nottingham I believe(?) instantly worked less and achieved grades below what they were predicted.
The UK Entry system is tough (having to meet certain grades) but I personally think it's only fair if it's tough for every one, without exceptions.
I personally decided that I would rather take the risk of getting no university place over taking the easy route - for me it certainly paid off, I reached even higher grades than expected - I would have certainly regretted committing myself to a lower tier university and would not have been as dedicated to studying.
Everyone I know from my school who was offered an unconditional didn't take it for pretty much the same reason as me. That probably shows people don't just take it as it is the easier option. Most people do like to feel as if they have achieved something.
Those who do take the offer and get average/ low a level grades are not necessarily a problem for the university as the lower grades are most likely due to lack of motivation rather than lack of knowledge or intelligence, thus the university is not necessarily losing out as they would still gain a student who is capable of doing well.