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ShinyGirl Tue 23-May-17 19:49:13

DD is in year 12 and is trying to find out which universities sometimes hand out unconditional offers. I know Birmingham do but not sure of others.

She isn't sure where to apply yet but her anxiety can affect her during exams hence the question.

Many thanks for any replies.

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 23-May-17 20:05:23

Birmingham and Nottingham are often mentioned. My dd had an unconditional from Newcastle, which she accepted. It did make the exams a bit easier to get through, but don't pick a university just on the chance of an unconditional, she'll have to like it! (NCL was dd's first choice anyway, so the unconditional was a bonus.)

GinAndTalented Tue 23-May-17 20:07:45

What does she want to do? That can help people advise better

I got an unconditional offer for medicine from a Russell group. But that's rare.

offblackeggshell Tue 23-May-17 20:08:43

I think it varies by subject, not just university. i.e. some universities will offer it for some subjects, but no others. e.g. Sussex linky to Sussex unconditional pages

LIZS Tue 23-May-17 20:14:47

It will vary by subject. Ds got one from RHUL which his head of 6th form thought unusual although subsequently I'm not so sure! I think they use it to attract a core of appropriate students, rather than those who have them as second choice or through clearing.

happyhebe Tue 23-May-17 20:22:23

Birmingham do it for English but not psychology

bojorojo Tue 23-May-17 20:35:43

Leicester - Geography.

ShinyGirl Tue 23-May-17 20:35:47

I think she's looking at business studies or politics, or a combination. She wanted economics originally but had a bad few days during her GCSEs and got a C in maths.

BasiliskStare Tue 23-May-17 21:42:13

If it helps a friend of DS had one from Nottingham and is happy there.

exexpat Tue 23-May-17 21:45:51

I've heard of quite a few making unconditional offers if you firm them rather than make them insurance offers.

BasiliskStare Tue 23-May-17 21:48:01

Will find out course he is on

noblegiraffe Tue 23-May-17 21:49:59

Aberystwyth have scholarship exams where if you get a reasonable (not outrageously high) mark they give you an unconditional offer even if you don't win a scholarship.

Fifthtimelucky Tue 23-May-17 22:44:04

My daughter had "unconditional" offers from Nottingham and Birmingham. They weren't really unconditional - there was a condition that she firmly accepted the offer, which she didn't do.

Fifthtimelucky Tue 23-May-17 22:44:59

That was for music.

RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Tue 23-May-17 22:46:26

Ds1 has anxiety and he has got an unconditional from Winchester as have a few of his college friends

ShinyGirl Tue 23-May-17 22:54:56

Thank you very much, I'll tell her to look at these ones.

ICantFindAFreeNickName2 Tue 23-May-17 23:06:58

Lancaster do unconditional offers for some subjects. You might be better off asking the question on one the student websites,as you will probably get more answers

Leeds2 Tue 23-May-17 23:38:19

Friend's DD got one last year from UEA for English, provided they were her firm choice.
Another friend's DD has one from Sussex this year, not sure of the subject. Possibly geography. Again, for the offer to be unconditional, it has to be her first choice.
I know Birmingham have made unconditional offers for History of Art in the past.

tobee Wed 24-May-17 02:00:29

Lecturer at Birmingham unashamedly said it was given to students who had high predicted grades that might mean their first choices were Oxbridge, Durham and the like. To get them to come to Birmingham instead.

NImbleJumper Wed 24-May-17 08:49:43

I'm familiar with the Birmingham process: in some subjects, if her predictions are really good enough, then she might be offered an Unconditional offer, IF she makes Birmingham her Confirmed choice.

Birmingham seeks to "lock in" exceptional candidates.

NImbleJumper Wed 24-May-17 08:52:42

As tobee says, it's about attracting exceptional candidates who might otherwise go elsewhere. It's worth thinking about

if she likes the thought of Birmingham, the university, the course.
if she has excellent predicted A Level grades
if she's prepared to firm Birmingham as her 1st choice

But it's not worth thinking about if she doesn't like the place or the course. It will make her anxiety worse.

Best thing, of course, is for her to get some therapy to learn to control her anxiety, and develop resilience. That will be a long-life lesson worth learning 10 times over.

ono40 Wed 24-May-17 14:48:47

DS has an unconditional for History at Birmingham if he firmed. it was his first choice anyway but they run a scheme for those predicted higher than their standard offer (for History higher than AAB). In his school, people have also had unconditionals for biochemistry, politics and English at Birmingham. A lot of them have gone for it this year as with the new linear A-levels, things are very uncertain.

Others have had unconditionals from UEA, Sussex and Nottingham, all arts type subjects.

Lancaster do a scheme whereby if you have an unconditional and then meet the standard offer anyway, they give you a bonus of £2k! The idea is that is motivates you to work and achieve your grades despite the unconditional.

ShinyGirl Wed 24-May-17 18:41:43

Thanks again for your help, she's getting help for the anxiety but it's a long road ahead.

Doobydoo Wed 24-May-17 18:49:07

Ds got one for Chester for Biotechnology but declined.He wants Nottingham.From what we can see its a relatively new course for Chester to offer.

TheFairyCaravan Wed 24-May-17 18:51:31

UEA and Lincoln do if you make them your firm choice.

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