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Anyone got unconditional from Bournemouth?

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Draylon Fri 02-Feb-18 15:05:56

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unfortunateevents Fri 02-Feb-18 16:23:45

Slightly off-topic but DS1 put Bournemouth on his UCAS form last year although it was his least favourite choice. We could only make a November open day and by the time it rolled round he was pretty certain he didn't want to go there so we didn't attend. His course required interview which they were happy to do by phone but a couple of minutes in it was apparently clear to both him and the interviewer that the focus of the course was not what he was looking for and the interviewer said that to him. Next day he got an unconditional offer! So on that very slim evidence I would say they possibly give lots of unconditional offers!

Draylon Fri 02-Feb-18 17:24:48

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BubblesBuddy Sat 03-Feb-18 10:37:31

Bournemouth is a recruiting univetsity, not a selecting one. They need bums on seats. Even if he slips a grade they may well still take him. Why are you so worried about getting an unconditional? He doesn’t have to be the same as his mates. He needs to keep his head down, surely? Bournemouth isn’t Oxbridge! It’s not competitive to get in.

unfortunateevents Sat 03-Feb-18 11:13:27

OP, he was interviewing for a design-related degree although I can't remember exactly the course title - maybe Industrial Design if they offer that?

Needmoresleep Sat 03-Feb-18 11:44:33

Bubbles, I may have it wrong, but some degrees at Bournemouth are very highly regarded and grade requirements can be surprisingly high.

Its not Oxbridge, but Oxbridge often does not offer the same well regarded vocational degrees. Not all applicants are Oxbridge material. But that, surely, is a good thing. And no reason why a good Bournemouth graduate should not go on to have a more successful career than someone from Oxbridge. Through the wonders of Linked In DH has spotted BU Finance grads who have made it through to senior jobs in the City via back room operations in Bournemouth. Ditto Huddersfield. I also know some very capable BU grads in areas like digital marketing.

Bournemouth has a better beach than Oxford and a better football team smile.

OP hang on in there. The fact that a course has turned out to be more competitive than expected can be a good thing should he ultimately get a place, as it will be a more selected cohort.

woodlanddreamer Sat 03-Feb-18 11:48:10

I think they give a lot of unconditionals as they do have to try & prize students away from more prestigious universities. I believe it is very well thought of for media type degrees.

BubblesBuddy Sat 03-Feb-18 12:50:33

I just meant there wasn’t the same competition for places when compared to Oxbridge. I am well aware that some “lesser” universities are very good but that doesn’t make them overly competitive to get into (if at all in some cases) and they have loads of courses in clearing.

I don’t get this angst from anyone about unconditional offers. Hardly anyone used to get them 25 years ago and then it was confined to the extra bright. Now it is to tempt fairly ordinary students to a university and that is because of the necessity for better bums on seats. Or at worst, any bums on seats.

Needmoresleep Sat 03-Feb-18 13:05:45

But Oxbridge is not a helpful comparator. And 'lesser' is unfair. I know people who teach at Bournemouth who have been at the top of their professions, and whose Masters courses attract students from all over the world. Courses not taught at Oxbridge.

Some BU courses obviously have lower entry requirements and regularly enter clearing. That said a supposed hierarchy of Oxbridge, RG, lesser, is not helpful. Not least I am surprised how often children of local business owners choose to stay at home. BU will give them the practical skills to start a career and it is not worth the extra money to go elsewhere. Ditto our BU educated solicitor gently handheld my DM through the complexities of retirement/sheltered housing leases far more effectively than a London firm might. RG is a group of research intensive Universities. Irrelevant for many.

user1471450935 Sat 03-Feb-18 16:09:04

Not Bournemouth, but our Ds has applied to three lesser universities, non are RG, doesn't have grades. Local is 75th in country and wants 112 points, other two are wanting 104 points, one is a new university ie CUScarborough, the other is 50th ranked. This is an ex poly too, higher ranked for his subject and gets Gold teaching and higher student ratings. Plus 10% more into graduate jobs then local one. Like Drayton's Ds he will get an unconiditional place if he firms the non local.
Well done Drayton's son, hope he gets the offer from Bournemouth and goes to the university he loves/wants to study at. Not everyone's kids can be high achievers, even many of those are rejected from Oxbridge.
Most of our vital public services and jobs that drive Britain's economy outside London/Westminster are staffed by graduates from BubbleBuddy's lesser universities. Maybe if less politicians/judges etc stop coming from Oxbridge Britain would be fairer/better for all
Hope your Ds has a brilliant future in front of him Draylon from another parent of a Ds applying to lesser universities

Draylon Sat 03-Feb-18 17:15:43

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userofthiswebsite Sat 03-Feb-18 17:33:12

I oversee my students' UCAS and there does seem to be an increase in Unconditionals being given out this year.
As I've said to 'my' kids over and over, it's about what's right for you, not what's right for your pals, or what is perceived to be 'right' by the general public.
As long as the decision is well thought out and well informed as 3 or 4 years at uni doesn't come cheap.
If an Unconditional comes your way, then yes, consider taking it but keep up with the work nonetheless as those grades will forever be on the CV.

Draylon Sat 03-Feb-18 18:07:15

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catslife Sat 03-Feb-18 19:52:45

You may be interested in this article about unconditional offers OP www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/admissions-we-need-more-contextual-offers-not-unconditional-offers.
I think on the Y13 threads there are several dcs with an unconditional offer from one of their choices, but no-one seems to have had this more than once iyswim.
Many graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline so a comparison based on potential degree subject may not be fully accurate.

BubblesBuddy Sat 03-Feb-18 21:20:43

I suggest you look at the stats on unconditional offers then. Also look at the funding problems some universities have and then look at the league tables. Most people do see there are economic necessities. Look at the league tables for Law degrees. I am sure homely Bournemouth is lovely but don’t try and say it’s a top university because it isn’t.

AramintaDePea Sun 04-Feb-18 15:49:05

Fuck the not being a top uni shit some posters are being a dick about, what a fantastic place to be a student at.

My DC got two unconditionals and we were all over the moon about it. Fingers crossed your DC gets one too

userofthiswebsite Sun 04-Feb-18 16:03:48

I have a student with 2 Uncons so it does happen. But they are more of a rarity at the more popular universities for obvious reasons.

Stringofpearls Sun 04-Feb-18 16:10:11

Bournemouth is a really good university, especially for specific subjects areas such as nursing, marketing and tv/animation type courses. No it's not red brick, however, take a look at the stats and you'll see that they have a really good rate of employment amongst students who complete their courses. I'd keep it as a serious consideration as I know several people who did degrees on core subjects at top universities who have really struggled to find work. I think the focus at Bournemouth is on practical abitlities, rather thab veing solely academic. It just depends which you'd prefer, but nowadays I'd say employability is a really important factor.

Draylon Sun 04-Feb-18 17:55:51

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PersianCatLady Tue 13-Feb-18 07:44:32

BU has some of the best regarded animation degrees in the country and competition is fierce.

One of my best friends works there.

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