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I received an offer on Tuesday from York for 3 A's. I received an email today (from York) saying that if I put York as my firm they'll change the offer to unconditional.
However, in the UCAS track it does not mention the unconditional if firm thing.
Can someone please help?
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(Original post by reu_taylor)
I received an offer on Tuesday from York for 3 A's. I received an email today (from York) saying that if I put York as my firm they'll change the offer to unconditional.
However, in the UCAS track it does not mention the unconditional if firm thing.
Can someone please help?
If you put it as your firm, York will change UCAS to unconditional - it wouldn’t be automatic, so UCAS won’t know anything about it, hence it’s not mentioned on Track. UCAS doesn’t support a conditional offer becoming unconditional only if firmed with its system, so York will update it to unconditional themselves if you do place them as your firm.
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If you put it as your firm, York will change UCAS to unconditional - it wouldn’t be automatic, so UCAS won’t know anything about it, hence it’s not mentioned on Track. UCAS doesn’t support a conditional offer becoming unconditional only if firmed with its system, so York will update it to unconditional themselves if you do place them as your firm.
Thanks! That's very helpful

I'm applying for PPE btw
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(Original post by reu_taylor)
I received an offer on Tuesday from York for 3 A's. I received an email today (from York) saying that if I put York as my firm they'll change the offer to unconditional.
However, in the UCAS track it does not mention the unconditional if firm thing.
Can someone please help?
What doctorwhofan98 said is right.

However, do give it some intense thought as to why York is giving you an unconditional, and really think if it's the right choice for you.
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What doctorwhofan98 said is right.

However, do give it some intense thought as to why York is giving you an unconditional, and really think if it's the right choice for you.
What do you mean by "give thought as to why York is giving me an unconditional" please? Not trying to sound rude - genuinely interested
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Thanks! That's very helpful

I'm applying for PPE btw
Just to add on to what Blue_Cow said, if you firm York, then that means you've taken a contract to go there once you get your A-level results. Obviously, they can't force you to go there but accepting an unconditional offer is a big commitment, so think over it before declining or accepting it.
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What do you mean by "give thought as to why York is giving me an unconditional" please? Not trying to sound rude - genuinely interested
They're not doing it for your best interests - they're doing it because they want more students. This is just a form of advertising, designed to encourage applicants to choose York as their firm. This doesn't benefit you in any way, and actually limits your options as it means you're unable to use Adjustment.
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What do you mean by "give thought as to why York is giving me an unconditional" please? Not trying to sound rude - genuinely interested
Picking them will effectively lock you in with them unless you want to take a bet on results day and enter clearing, meaning you'll have to forfeit your university place to go to another (should you wish to).

You are a money sack to universities. They get that sweet 9250 loan money + govt subsidies per student.
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Cheers guys all very helpful stuff! Oxford is the dream for me so waiting to hear back from them (following from today's TSA test and other factors etc) whether I get an interview. I am also planning to visit York to try discover as much as possible.
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I have a more optimistic view. Yes, York get certainty on a good student taking a place, and the student gets certainty over their future and can plan accordingly. There is only a problem if you accept an uncond at a uni you really don’t want to go. (You still need to do well at A level cos employers will use those grades in their selection process). Yes it limits using adjustment if you smash your grades, but York is a good uni and I doubt the PPE courses at higher tariff unis will have space come August.
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I have a more optimistic view. Yes, York get certainty on a good student taking a place, and the student gets certainty over their future and can plan accordingly. There is only a problem if you accept an uncond at a uni you really don’t want to go. (You still need to do well at A level cos employers will use those grades in their selection process). Yes it limits using adjustment if you smash your grades, but York is a good uni and I doubt the PPE courses at higher tariff unis will have space come August.
You might have a more optimistic view, but you're new to TSR. You haven't seen how many students post on TSR saying that they were swayed by the marketing, and are now locked into an offer they don't want and wouldn't have taken if it wasn't unconditional.
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Thanks! That's very helpful

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As other posters have said, don't accept York's offer just because it's unconditional. Accept it only if you'd accept it anyway. For example, I got an unconditional-if-firm from Birmingham, but I chose my conditional offer from York because I preferred the uni. I completely recommend York (I study Politics here and it's great, particularly our Careers service), but don't firm it because of the unconditional, and don't be tempted by that: only firm it if it's your highest choice as otherwise it'd be a long three years.
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could I ask what your predicted grades are if that's okay?
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