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mumslife Fri 14-Nov-14 19:41:53

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boys3 Fri 14-Nov-14 20:03:23

mumslife brilliant news for you DD. If UEA would have been her first choice then if she firms the offer she is in - complete pressure off in terms of A2, won't matter whether she gets A* A* A* or UUU, or even if she did not even take them. I think part of the logic is that hard working DCs will still keep focused and do their best, but without any of that nagging doubt in the back of their mind / or full scale panic smile

DS1 had an unconditional last year - irrespective of whether he firmed or insured it. He would have also got priority in terms of accommodation section, plus a fee reduction based on actual grades achieved - could be worth checking if UEA offer anything in terms of the latter to add even more icing to your DD's now extremely well iced cake. In the event it would have been his third preference so he did not go with it.

Unless there is some very sneaky small print, which would very surprising, it is maybe one of the best early Xmas pressies that she will ever get. Well done to her again!

mumslife Fri 14-Nov-14 20:57:27

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mumslife Fri 14-Nov-14 21:25:48

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mrsrhodgilbert Fri 14-Nov-14 22:52:06

Timely post, dd2 had 2 unconditional offers yesterday, if she firms up. It's not her first choice, she hasn't heard from them yet, so she is going to sit on it for now. It might be worth seeing if there are any others sweeteners on offer such as priority accommodation. It has given her a boost though.

Turningupsidedown Fri 14-Nov-14 23:16:25

Mumslife DD1 has an identical offer from UEA! Including the offer if AAA achieved. Not currently her first choice either, and still waiting to hear from two, so she is waiting to see what happens before deciding. But it is definitely very tempting to think that the pressure would be off! She didn't go to see that one before applying though so hoping to go to an offer holder day before deciding. Did your DD visit UEA mumslife? What did she think of it? What subject has she applied for?

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 07:57:36

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mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 08:01:14

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mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 08:04:40

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onadifferentplanet Sat 15-Nov-14 08:20:42

Ds is at the UEA ,it was his Insurance but they changed his offer to Unconditional before the results were out. he loves it there only downside for him is how close we live so he's living at home for this year though that doesn't seem to have prevented him from making friends socialising and joining clubs
Be ready for the comments about it not being RG though despite it being higher up the rankings than quite a few that are. Ds has had to put up with quite a bit of that .

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 08:27:12

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jeanne16 Sat 15-Nov-14 09:14:27

I teach in a secondary school and would just like to make the point that a few of our pupils last year who received unconditional offers completely stopped working for their A2s. While I am all for decreasing the pressure on our pupils, it was really disappointing to see pupils who could have got A and A* grades getting Bs instead.

Remember that when applying for jobs and internships they will be asked for A level grades, so they will be important for some years to come.

Decorhate Sat 15-Nov-14 09:26:02

Regarding the time limit, I thought once you had answers from everywhere you had to specify your firm & insurance within a certain time

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 10:11:35

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mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 10:13:49

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Turningupsidedown Sat 15-Nov-14 10:26:11

Mumslife DD1 has applied for the Archaeology, anthropology and art history course. She has also applied to Bristol, Exeter, Durham and Oxford, the last two being her top choices but very aspirational, but she really liked the courses there, so decided to give it a go. She has offers for Bristol (BBB) and Exeter (ABB) as well. If she doesn't get any further offers it would probably be between UEA and Exeter for firm. Although Bristol was also chosen without visiting so will try to get to offer-holder day there too. The unconditional offer is a big plus, and also closer to us, 2.5 hours, Exeter is 5+ hours and a horrible drive so I would prefer UEA grin! The art history element is different from all the other courses and not something she would have looked for but is quite interested in, she also picked the 4 year option which includes a year in either Australasia or North America which she is very attracted to. Lots to think about. Interesting to hear your impressions of it, sounds similar to Exeter in being a campus near a city. Looking forward to seeing it. It is great that it is your DD's first choice, makes the decision easier and puts her in a great position well done to her smile smile
Jeanne I see what you mean about the motivation. I guess that is why they offer a financial incentive to aim for higher grades? My DD has always been pretty self-driven and never thinks she is working hard enough, so I don't think it would stop her working and still wanting to get her best grades, but I guess it is a danger for some students.
UCAS has a useful page that includes info on the different types of offer and the deadlines for replying. Looks like your DD has until 6 May next year mumslife so plenty of time. Amazing she has all five offers already!!

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 12:06:39

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mrsrhodgilbert Sat 15-Nov-14 16:19:25

The offers are both from Nottingham, she applied for two very similar courses there. She has received a third offer but is still waiting for two, one of which is Durham so that could take a while. I don't think she will stop trying because its not her first choice even though she loved the campus. We need to go back and visit the city itself as we didn't manage that on the open day. You can't remain on campus for ever and she needs to see the surrounding area to make a decision. Any thoughts on Nottingham itself very welcome.

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 17:23:16

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mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 17:37:39

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Kez100 Sat 15-Nov-14 21:10:48

My Dad had an unconditional for her first choice last year and I can't tell you how much easier it was for her compared to her friend who is there now too.

First choice of halls, no pressure, finance sorted early, just the knowing where you would be living, being able to get stuff ready (and not being superstitious!), as a parent I never imagined how much easier everything would be. But it has to be the right choice - she shouldn't firm it simply because of the unconditional offer. It's a lot of investment in time and money so she must pick the right course for her to firm

Kez100 Sat 15-Nov-14 21:11:26

Not Dad but DD!

Lilymaid Sat 15-Nov-14 21:29:49

Mrs DS1 was at Nottingham for undergrad and postgrad and enjoyed it (and is now doing very well in career). DS2 currently there as a postgrad and having a great time. And I worked for the uni about a century ago.
Loads of 1st year accommodation including many trad halls and largest student village (in Europe?) opposite gates. 2nd years have plenty of accommodation choices (delights of Lenton etc).
Great campus, good reputation and a lively city. And it is on the main grad recruitment circuit for potential employers.

mumslife Sat 15-Nov-14 21:34:35

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polkadottyme Sat 15-Nov-14 21:42:26

That was me!! Wanting dd to get a unconditional from Nottingham. We loved it there a little oasis hidden within the city beautiful setting mix of old and new space age buildings lots of money has been spent there can tell when walking around feels rather grown up not at all like a large comprehensive academy like school which some of the uni we've seen are like, my dd wanted something a bit different. The walkways and parks/gardens are well kept and manicured not scruffy and overgrown like some places we've seen. Plus there will be a direct tram line to the uni opening next year handy if living in the city centre or wanting to go to the bus or train station to go home in the weekends.

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