We are trying to identify the number of applicants who received conditional offers with the promise of these being made unconditional if they accept them as their firm choice. As shown in a typical real-life offer example below:
"I am delighted to inform you that we would like to make you a Conditional offer of a place on the above programme. Your formal offer will be displayed on your personalised UCAS Track page and there are instructions on how to accept your offer here. Furthermore, if you choose to make us your Firm choice, we will convert this offer to unconditional 14 days after you have chosen us as your Firm choice on UCAS Track. You can then concentrate on your remaining studies in the sure knowledge of where you will be studying next year."
With this in mind, using the same criteria used in your press release on 26th July 2018 'Increase in unconditional offers made to young people in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland':
Please provide us with the number of 18-year-old applicants from England, Northern Ireland, and Wales for the 2018 application cycle, that held at least one offer that:
1) started as a conditional offer (C)
2) then transitioned to the applicants Firm Choice (CF) - by being confirmed by the applicant as their first choice
3) then transitioning to unconditional (UF) prior to the 30th June 2018 - before exam results were received
Dear Mr Harrop
Thank you for requesting information from UCAS under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
UCAS will respond on or before 1 October 2018, the date on which the 20 working day response period permitted by FOIA ends.
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Dear Mr Harrop
I refer to your Freedom of Information request sent on 3 September 2018. I have received a response from UCAS' Analysis & Insights team, which I have included below. UCAS is not obliged to provide information that is intended for future publication (section 22, sub section 1(a) of the FOIA). In line with the terms of this exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, we have considered whether it would be in the public interest for us to provide you with the information ahead of publication, despite the exemption being applicable. In this case, we have concluded that the public interest favours withholding the information at this time.
As part of our 2018 End of Cycle reporting we are intending to update previous reporting on UC offer making to English, Welsh, and NI 18 year olds and to extend this to look at how UC offer making supports WP and, report for the first time, on the practice of making “conditional UC offers”. It is intended that this will be published on 29 November as the first wave of the End of Cycle Report, and that we will collaborate with the OfS so that the publication of the two reports is aligned. We will share draft reports and press releases. The scope of the UCAS report will cover:
• Explanation of different types of offer making and examples of the use of UC offers for specific subjects and to support specific students (to be developed with HEP input)
• Methodology for distinguishing between “standard” UC offers and “conditional” UC offers
• Headline figures for trends in UC offer making to English, Welsh and NI 18 year olds by domicile of applicant and country of provider
• UC offers by qualification type and the impact of UC offers on A level attainment
• UC offer making by Tariff group and subject group and trends over time
• UC offer making to students by POLAR4 and the UCAS Multiple Equality Measure (MEM)
• Applicants’ views and attitudes to UC offers and reported impact on application choices and decision making from UCAS survey work
I hope this is of assistance.