The university is worried about potential students motivation to sit A levels if they receive the offer

The University of Nottingham are ending unconditional offers in September this year, unless students already hold qualifications.

An unconditional offer means a student has a place at their chosen University before sitting any exams as they have already met entry requirements.

“We want everyone to be fully confident that they are admitted purely on their merits and potential.”
Dr Paul Greatrix, University Of Nottingham registrar

But the university said it was becoming more concerned with student’s motivation levels leading up to exams as “talented applicants” were found to have different predicted and actual A-level results.

A spokeswoman said unconditional offers initially proved useful in attracting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Figures for unconditional offers have grown in the UK

University of Nottingham Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix said: “We want everyone to be fully confident that they are admitted purely on their merits and potential. That is why we are ending the use of unconditional offers.”

They hope that other universities across the UK will follow in their footsteps, by putting a national end to unconditional offers.

Audio: Students view on whether the scheme should go national

The university says it will honour unconditional offers already made, and will offer the unconditional offers to applicants who have completed their studies and hold their results.