Mark Dixon

Unconditional HE offers can be a risky business

More golden tickets are being issued, but do they lower students’ attainment?

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A levels are tough, and at the sharp end of Year 13 one of the few motivations that keeps sixth-formers going is knowing they’re only one set of exams short of a university place.

But a strange phenomenon is taking hold in colleges across the country. More universities than ever are issuing unconditional offers. Rather than boosting learners’ confidence and attainment, many providers are concerned these offers are actually leading to a drop in performance and undermining their efforts.

A strange phenomenon is taking hold in colleges across the country. More universities than ever are issuing ...

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