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Unconditional offer scheme - FAQs

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme for September 2020 entry is for applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. You will also receive an unconditional offer if you have met the entry requirements for your chosen course, such as having your confirmed results already.

Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions you may have about the scheme. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us for further information. 

Who is eligible for the Scheme?

Applicants for year 1/Level 4 who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be selected for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. 

You will also receive an unconditional offer if you have your confirmed results already and you have met the entry requirements for your chosen course.

How does the process work?

If you are eligible for the scheme, we will make you an unconditional offer.

If you choose to accept your unconditional offer as your firm choice, your place will be confirmed at BU and we will be looking forward to you joining us in September.

If you choose to accept your offer as your insurance choice, your place will only be confirmed if the university you choose as your firm choice does not accept you.

The deadline to reply to your offer is set by UCAS and will depend on when you receive all the decisions from the universities you applied to. You will also be able to see your deadline for replying by logging in to UCAS Track.

We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 (for UK/EU students) and £2,500 (for international students) in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level, or equivalent.

What happens if I don’t make BU my firm choice?

You have the option to accept your unconditional offer as your insurance choice or decline the offer.

Is there any specific criteria applicants have to meet?

Yes, eligible applicants will be predicted strong academic results in addition to having an excellent personal statement and reference. 

Is this scheme only for students completing A-levels?

No, BU will consider a broad range of other qualifications such as BTEC National Diplomas or International Baccalaureates.

Unfortunately, applicants taking the Access to HE Diploma will not be eligible for the scheme as we do not receive predicted grades for this qualification.

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points. 

Do applicants need GCSEs to be considered?

Yes, applicants will usually have passed their GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) as this is evidence of past academic achievement.

Can I be considered for the scheme if I’m an overseas applicant?

Yes, we can consider overseas applicants for this scheme.

Are all undergraduate courses included in the scheme?

All of our undergraduate courses, excluding Top-up degrees, are eligible for the scheme.

What happens if I don’t meet the tariff points showing on my offer letter?

We will still accept you – an unconditional offer is just that, unconditional. We are demonstrating our belief in you and expect that in return, you continue to work hard and achieve good grades.

And don’t forget, if you achieve AAA or above at A-level, or equivalent, you will be awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 (for UK/EU students) and £2,500 (for international students) in your first year of study.

Can I defer my offer to 2021?

Yes, your offer can be deferred until the following year. 

Can I change my course after I’ve received an unconditional offer?

Yes, this may be possible. Please contact us if you would like to change your course and we will let you know what your options are. 

How do I know if Bournemouth University is right for me?

This is your future and only you can make the decision about what course and university you want to study at.

We would recommend that you do plenty of research, attend Open Days and hear what current students say about their experiences. Before you make a choice, you need to be sure that you’re going to be happy to live and study at the university for the next three or four years. 

Some helpful questions to consider prior to accepting an offer:

  • were there certain things that were important to you?
  • was there a maximum distance from home that you wanted to live?
  • are there specific features about the course that you wanted?