Unconditional University Offers – how to get them, good thing or bad things? Stepping Further #69

Unconditional University Offers – how to get them, good thing or bad things? Stepping Further #69


– Unconditional offers
are a double-edged sword. If you get an unconditional offer, it can be really, really flattering because the university is telling you that they really, really, want you to come to the university, that your interview, that
your personal statement, that your admissions test was so amazing, it doesn’t matter what
A level results you get, they still want you to come. (whimsical music) But so often I see
students who have accepted unconditional offers and
then relax, so relaxed, and then I see students that
should be on for three A’s barely scraping three D’s because they relaxed a bit too much. There are a few ways that you can get an unconditional offer,
and the stats from UCAS show that unconditional offers are on a massive, massive increase. Whereas previously they
used to be very, very rare, now each school is seeing maybe five to 10 unconditional offers given out
to their students each year, whereas previously you wouldn’t see any. If you have shown in your interview that you have an overwhelming
passion for this subject, that you live and breathe this subject, that you’ve put the effort
in, that you’ve gone over and above your A level
studies to do the research, to do the thinking, and you’ve
found out stuff for yourself, and this is what you’re going to continue to study at university, and only by applying to this university to do this course will you be
able to follow your passion, then the person interviewing you, is generally gonna be really,
really impressed by this. This is how I got my
unconditional offer at university, and I was told in the interview that they were gonna send
me an unconditional offer. If you’re not sure how to
show passion for a subject, then I’ve done a whole video
on how you can do this, and don’t forget, something like your EPQ is gonna be really, really good for this. Because we don’t sit AS exams anymore, preinterview assessments, tests, written work is really,
really on the rise. You may be asked to a test or exam, you may be asked to submit written work, you may be asked to submit a portfolio, or a couple of audition pieces, and based on the strength of these, you may get an unconditional offer. If your test results,
if your audition piece, if your portfolio was
truly, truly outstanding and the university will accept you no matter what you get in your A level, this is the sort that
can heavily influence it. You are also more likely to
get an unconditional offer if you have your grades already, for example if you’ve taken
a gap year after school, you know what your A level results are and then you are applying to university. We don’t have to wait and
find out what your grades are so in that circumstance, universities may give you
an unconditional offer. Now I said at the beginning that these were a double-edged sword and the downside is the relaxing. It is great that you’re not stressed about your exams anymore, it is great that you
don’t have to worry about what actual exam results that you get, but I have seen people who
relax a little bit too much and don’t forget, your A
level results stay with you for the rest of your life,
you’re gonna be writing them on your CV for the rest of your life. And if for any reason you decide you don’t like the
university that you’re at, you want to take a gap year, you want to switch universities,
you want to switch courses, if you relax too much
and your A level grades aren’t quite what they should be, you’re going to be in a tricky position, because you’ve relaxed a bit too much you might not be able to
have as much flexibility in changing courses as you
could if you had better grades. Now just because you’ve relaxed because you’ve got this
unconditional offer, does not mean your teachers
are going to relax. Your teachers are going to know if you’ve got an unconditional offer, and if you’ve accepted
the unconditional offer, and we’ve seen this before, we know that you are going to be relaxing, however your exam results
are going to be a reflection of your teacher, and a
reflection of your school. So your teachers are still
gonna be hassling you to do the work, and they
might even be hassling you a bit more because they know
you’ve kind of taking your foot off the brake a little bit and relaxed. So don’t expect your teachers to think that you’re unconditional
offer is a fantastic thing, they’re actually going
to be slightly worried, because we’ve seen what could happen. Now if you get an unconditional offer, remember this is the
university enticing you, trying to get you to come to them, you don’t have to accept it, you don’t have to accept
an unconditional offer. If you don’t think you’re
gonna be happy there, if you don’t think it’s
an exact right fit there, then don’t fall for it. Ouch. This is why in some videos I
have unexplained scratches. (whimsical music)

7 comments

  1. GREAT TIMING, thank you.
    if I reject my unconditional offer would I be considered easier through clearing on results day, if don't get in my firm and assurance choice.

  2. I got given an unconditional offer and it is definitely a comfort that I will be going to university. I’m still trying hard because my firm choice isn’t my unconditional; I put it as my insurance place.

  3. I want to study Russian and Japanese at Birmingham, not too far from where i live, perfect ☆ with A Levels starting next year im glad i finally found what i want to do, because ive been finding it so hard to motivate myself

  4. Hey, I'm in year 13 right now and my teachers said that we would finish learning content by easter time, and i cant help but feel a little nervous because i don't feel like it leaves enough time for revision. Should I be worried about this? When do most people finish content for A Levels? Obviously I've started revision, but I'm naturally a little worried, especially since my firm choice offer is quite high and i REALLY don't want to miss it. (Also, I've been watching your videos since year 10 and i just wanna say thank you for everything; you've been a massive help for gcses, applying to uni, a levels, legit everything)

  5. Hey primrose for a university course like Music Business is it good I take hard subjects like physics, maths, history and obviously business as it relates because it shows how hard I can work and my skill or it it better to do soft subjects for degrees like this thanks

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