A London university has said it is stopping making unconditional offers to would-be students, to ensure it maintains its entry standards. The BBC reports.
St Mary’s University, Twickenham, took the decision after discovering some students, given unconditional offers, did not get their predicted grades.
Last year, nearly a quarter of applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland received at least one unconditional offer.
In total 67,915 unconditional offers were made to 18-year-olds in 2018.
The university and college admissions service said the offers were not necessarily being made to the highest-achieving candidates.
Unions said the situation risked encouraging teenagers not to strive for the best A-level results possible.
John Brewer, Pro Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University said: “We believe that we’ve made the right decision to withdraw unconditional offers.
“We are determined to maintain standards of entry to St Mary’s and by listening to the views of schools, teachers, our own staff and students we believe that with the evidence that has been available to us that we’ve made the right decision.”
He added: “It was clear to us that a number of students who enrolled with us after an unconditional offer was made didn’t meet the grades they expected.”
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