More than 87,500 university applicants who are yet to complete their school or college qualifications have received at least one unconditional offer from a higher education institution, according to figures published today.
This translates into more than 34 per cent of 18-year-old university applicants in England, Northern Ireland and Wales receiving an unconditional offer, meaning they are guaranteed a place at the institution regardless of exam performance. The figures confirm the continuation of an upward trend that began in 2013.
Earlier this year, Ucas put the percentage of 18-year-olds in receipt of an unconditional offer at 23 per cent. However, the new data also take into account “conditional unconditional” offers, where students are guaranteed a place if they accept the university as their first, or “firm”, choice.