If you’ve got an unconditional offer, it means the uni or college thinks you will succeed on their course. It also means that if you select them as your firm choice, you will definitely be accepted.
But it’s important to remember accepting any offer is a big decision – and it should be where you want to go! If it’s unconditional, or a conditional offer that changes to unconditional, if you firmly accept it, just make sure you think things through.
1. Qualifications matter
An unconditional offer may be reassuring and take a bit of the pressure off, but your school or college qualifications are still important. You might be on your way to getting a degree, but finishing your studies, doing the work, and taking your exams are all really important to prepare you for uni or college – you’re going to have to work when you get there too, and you’ll be straight into assignments, coursework, and for many courses, exams. You might even be entitled to a scholarship or other reward if you do really well.
Not only that, but your exam results can also have an impact on your future employment. A lot of employers take A levels and other qualifications into account when reviewing job applications. You might not make the shortlist if you don’t complete your qualifications to the best of your ability.
2. Think about your choice
A uni or college has made you an unconditional offer, but do you really want to go there for the next three, four, or more years? Is the course right for you? Have you thought about where you will live, and how much it will cost? Is it a city or campus uni? What are the societies and nightlife like? Does it match your future career aspirations?
There’s so much information out there, and you’re bound to have questions – go to an open day, take a virtual tour, check the prospectus and website, talk to your teacher or careers adviser, and look at student reviews to make sure you’ve got all the information you need before you accept the offer. Also, don’t be afraid to contact the uni or college directly. Do your research and make sure you’re making an informed choice – your firm choice should be your preferred choice.
3. You’re committed
If you firmly accept an unconditional offer, you’re committed to that course provider, and you should be sure it’s where you want to go. If you’re sure about the place, you might not be able to change to another course if you change your mind, so make sure that’s right too. Also, your decision to accept one offer might mean you’re not able to make other choices. You won’t be able to have an insurance choice or use Adjustment if you change your mind, so just make sure it’s the right choice for you.
Remember, you can always talk to the uni or college directly, or to a teacher or careers adviser if you’re not sure.