Offers that could be classified as unconditional have jumped more than 10 per cent in the last year, to nearly 40 per cent of all offers, despite high-profile interventions from former education secretary Damian Hinds, admissions data has revealed.
According to admissions body UCAS, almost two in five students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales who applied to university received an offer that could be considered unconditional. In a report— Unconditional offers: an update for 2019—UCAS revealed that 97,045 students received this type of offer, making up 38 per cent of 18-year-old applicants in the three countries.
It represents a rise of 10.8 per cent since 2018, when 87,540 students received an offer with an unconditional element, and comes despite Hinds’s crackdown on unconditional offers earlier this year. In April, Hinds called for an end to “unethical” conditional unconditional offers, which guarantee a place only if the student puts that university as their first choice.