How universities put pressure on students to accept degree places

Analysis: Ministers are trying to clamp down on university admission practices – but it will not change overnight, Eleanor Busby says

Monday 16 December 2019 21:06
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A low or unconditional offer can take the stress out of sitting A-level exams
A low or unconditional offer can take the stress out of sitting A-level exams

Applying to university can be a nerve-racking time for sixth-formers who don’t yet have their A-level results. For many, choosing which offer to accept is the most important decision they have had to make.

And now students are increasingly being promised a range of incentives during the process – including financial benefits and unconditional offers – but only if they make the university their first choice.

Some youngsters will jump at the chance at accepting a place at a university that requires lower exam grades than expected (or in some cases none at all) to take the edge off the wait for their A-level results.

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