Unconditional offers don’t do students any favours

Universities have been making more unconditional offers, sparking controversy

Much has been made of the case for and against students receiving unconditional offers for university places. The arguments are often complex, and competing considerations can include reputational, academic and fiscal factors. However, when addressing the recent huge rise in the number of unconditional offers, we need to look at one aspect above all else: the student.

Since 2014, the number of 18-year-olds receiving at least one unconditional offer has risen almost fivefold. That means that almost a quarter of these prospective HE students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be assured ...

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