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Third of 18-year-olds handed unconditional offers


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According to new UCAS figures, one in three 18-year-olds applying for university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year received unconditional offers.

In 2013 there were 3,000 unconditional offers handed out, however, that figure has now risen to 68,000.


The number rises even further - to a whopping 87,500 -  when you factor in the offers that became unconditional when a student made that university their firm choice.  


For years, unconditional offers have courted controversy with many people, particularly school teachers, arguing they demotivate students towards studying for their exams.


UCAS data shows students holding unconditional offers are less likely to achieve their predicted grades than students with conditional offers.  


The education secretary in England, Damian Hinds, has called the rise in unconditional offers “disturbing”, warning that universities could face regulation by the Office for Students if they give out these types of offers without proper justification.


He said: “This report shows that many students could be distracted from the final year of their schooling, and achieve A-level grades lower than they are capable of. These are effects that we know can have a significant impact on their career”.

Featured image courtesy of RMIT University

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