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‘Conditional unconditional’ offers make a comeback

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Two universities together made 8,000 of the controversial offers last year after ban expired

Thousands of students received ‘conditional unconditional’ offers in 2022, according to official data, despite the Department for Education and the Office for Students raising concerns about the controversial approach to recruitment in recent years.

Conditional unconditional offers guarantee students a university place regardless of their A-level or equivalent grades, provided they commit to making that institution their solid first choice. Critics say they distort the higher education market and can reduce motivation for students to study.

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