Eight in ten offers are unconditional at one British university, Ucas figures show

The Telegraph is reporting that Suffolk University promised 1,110 offers to students last summer irrespective of their A-level grades.

Unconditional offers made up 83.8 per cent of all offers the university made in 2018, rising steeply from the 23 per cent it made the year before.

There are ten universities that gave more than half of their offers as unconditional last year, according to data published by the university admissions service in its end of cycle report.

Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen sixth form pupils increasingly offered places regardless of their exam results.

Some institutions hand out “incentivised” offers, where they tell students that their offer will be unconditional but only if they accept it as their first choice university.

Earlier this month, the higher education watchdog warned that universities making unconditional offers may be breaking the law by “pressure selling”’ to students.

Nottingham University announced that it will cease giving out unconditional offers from this September onwards.

It is the first Russell Group university to do so, and cited concern at the “reported variation” between predicted and actual A-level results for students with unconditional offers, indicating that some pupils “may lose motivation at a critical period in their studies”.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said that the steep rise in unconditional offers is “disturbing” and should not be used as a tactic to “get students through the door”.

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