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About Your Offer

We provide two types of offer at the University of Warwick: conditional and unconditional. Most of the offers that we provide will be conditional offers. These will state specific conditions that we require you to achieve in order to be guaranteed entry. These may include academic conditions, as well as sometimes English Language conditions, or conditions for documents to be provided or verified.

An unconditional offer means that you have already met the terms of your offer (normally because you have already completed all of your exams and qualifications) and you will be guaranteed entry as long as you place us as your firm choice. This is unconditional in the sense that your academic qualifications have already met the entry criteria for your course; however, please do make sure that you read the terms and conditions of your offer letter for non-academic matters such as fees level and check that all of the information is correct.

If you have any questions about your offer, please read the information below first as this may tell you what you need to know. However, if you need further help you can email us at ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk. Please include your UCAS Personal ID and the course code of the course you have applied for in the email subect line to help us answer your email more quickly.





Conditional Offers

The most commonly found conditions will be those asking for specific grades or marks to be achieved in your future examinations such as A2 level exams, IB, or other equivalent qualifications that you are taking.

Please note: Your offer will be based on your taking all of the qualifications which you have stated on your UCAS form, including those that appear as 'not yet completed'. You will normally also have provided predicted grades on your form for these qualifications too.

If at any point after you have submitted your UCAS form you change any of the exams that you are planning on taking then you must let us know as this may affect your offer.

Some offers may simply ask for you to achieve a set of overall grades from the exams that you are taking:

Example 1

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: grades AAB at A-Level in three subjects. This offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking’

This means that you are required to achieve A,A,B in your A-Level exams. Unless it is explicitly stated in your offer, we would not automatically accept equivalent grades (i.e. A*BB in place of AAB).

Example 2

'IB Diploma with 38 points overall including no less than 5 in each Higher Level subject. Bonus points can be included in overall score'

This means that you are required to achieve an overall score of 38 (including bonus points) in the IB Diploma, and to achieve a score of 5 or more in each subject you take at Higher Level within that Diploma.





Specific subjects

Offers may also state that a specific subject must be included, or that you must achieve a specific grade in a specific subject. e.g. ‘A2 Mathematics at grade A’

Example 1

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: grades AAA at A Level in 3 subjects including Economics and Maths and either grade B at AS Level in one further subject or grade C at A Level in one further subject. This offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking'

This means that you are required to achieve AAA in your A-Level exams and that this must include Mathematics and Economics. You must also achieve a further grade B at AS level in another subject OR another A2 level subject at grade C i.e. AAAC or AAAb.

Example 2

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: grade A at A Level in History, grades AA at A Level in two other subjects. This offer excludes Critical Thinking and General Studies'

This means that you are required to achieve AAA in your A-Level exams including A Level History at grade A. If you are taking Critical Thinking or General Studies A-Levels, your grades in these subjects will not count towards meeting our offer.



Example 3

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: IB Diploma with 39 points overall, including 6 in Higher Level Maths and 6 Higher Level Physics. Bonus points can be included in overall score’

This means that you are required to achieve 39 points overall in your IB (including bonus points) which must include a 6 in Higher Level Maths and a 6 in Higher Level Physics within your IB.

Example 4

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: French Baccalaureat: 14 overall with 14 in English (written) and 14 in Maths’

This means that you would be required to achieve an overall score of 14 in the French Baccalaureat, and to achieve a score of 14 or more in written English, and to achieve a score of 14 or more in Maths. Note that if the offer specifies written English, we will not accept a mark in oral English in lieu of this.



STEP papers and additional qualifications requested

For some courses we may ask for you to take additional qualifications, for example those applying to Mathematics related courses may be asked to achieve a specific grade in a STEP paper (or AEA paper) of their choice.


It is very important that if you see a qualification within your offer conditions that you are not already planning to take, that you understand that this is a condition that you must achieve and where necessary you find out further information and/or make arrangements to be entered for the examination.

Example

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: grade A* at A Level in Maths, and EITHER grade A* at A Level in Further Maths, grade A at A Level in one other subject and grade 2 in any STEP/Distinction in Maths AEA, OR grade A in Further Maths at A Level and grade A in one other subject at A Level and grade 1 in any STEP paper. This offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking’

This means that you would be required to achieve an A* in your A-Level Maths and either:
• an A* in Further Maths A-Level and an A in a further subject at A level (totalling A*A*A) and a grade 2 in any STEP/distinction in Maths AEA paper
OR
• An A in Further Maths A-Level and an A in a further subject at A level (totalling A*AA) and a grade 1 in any STEP/distinction in Maths AEA paper

Where this is a requirement of your conditional offer, you will need to make sure that you make arrangements to be entered for these examinations.

Click here for more information about the STEP paper.
Click here for more information about offers for Mathematics courses.



English Language requirements

Applicants whose academic qualifications meet the University’s admissions requirements, but whose English language qualifications are not accepted as equivalent to our GCSE English requirement, may be offered a place at Warwick conditional on an acceptable English language qualification being achieved before they join the University.

Example 1

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms:
IB Diploma with 38 points overall including no less than 5 in each Higher Level subject. Bonus points can be included in overall score. You must also score a minimum of 5 in English. Should you not achieve the required score in IB English you must pass an acceptable English Language test approved by the University.'

This means that as well as achieving an overall score of 38 (including bonus points) in the IB Diploma, and achieving 5 or more in each Higher Level subject you are taking, you must achieve 5 in English within the IB. If you do not achieve 5 or more in IB English, then you may instead fulfil that condition of you offer by taking ‘an acceptable English Language test approved by the University'.


Example 2

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms:
an approved English Language qualification acceptable to the University. This offer is also conditional on provision of official verification of your previous qualifications and UCAS reference. The University regards you as overseas for fees purposes.’

This means that your offer is conditional upon your achieving the required standard (this will depend upon the course you have applied for) in an approved English Language test. It is also conditional on your providing proof of all of the qualifications that you have stated you hold on your UCAS form. This would be in the form of verified copies of your qualifications and your UCAS reference.


All applicants are required to show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from their degree course. The level of competence required depends on what type of degree you wish to study. Many applicants can demonstrate this through a satisfactory level of achievement in, for example, GCSE English Language or the English courses within the International Baccalaureate, where we require different levels depending on the actual English course studied.

If we require you to achieve an English Language qualification above the qualifications you already have, this will be explicitly stated within your offer.

Please note: English tests (including IELTS and PTE) must be taken within the two years prior to the start of your course at Warwick. Applicants whose tests fall outside this timescale and who are unable to demonstrate that they have maintained or improved their English in that time will need to retake a suitable English language test.

If you have been asked for an English test in your offer, this means that your completed qualifications on application do not meet these requirements and you are expected to provide an additional English Language qualification to meet your offer.

What English language tests are accepted by the University?
A number of English language tests are accepted; some of the most frequently offered ones are detailed here.



Verification of qualifications or references

For some qualifications (A-Levels, IB, or UK programmes such as the Access to HE Diploma taken at a UK-based school) UCAS may receive your exam results directly from the exam board. A list of the qualifications that UCAS receives results for directly can be found here.

If your qualifications are not on this list OR you have already completed your qualifications when you applied, then it is likely that a condition of your offer is that we require you to send us verified copies of your qualifications and/or your reference provided by your referee.

Example 1

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms:
official verification of your International Baccalaureate qualification and the academic reference provided on your UCAS form’

This means you need to provide copies of your full official transcript (the certificate that you receive from your exam board detailing the overall and component grades where appropriate) stamped and signed by your school, and an officially verified copy of your academic reference from the referee who submitted the reference on your UCAS form on letter headed paper, which is also stamped and signed by your school.







Example 2

‘Your offer is conditional on your meeting the following terms: Swiss Federally recognised Maturite with 5.5 overall. This offer is conditional on verification of previous qualifications and the reference on your UCAS form. The University regards you as overseas for fees purposes’

This means that you will need to:
• achieve 5.5. overall in your Swiss Maturite, and send your results to us as soon as you receive them, so that we can verify them before the deadline. These will need to be verified copies of your transcript stamped and signed by your school.
• Provide verification of previous qualifications. This means you need to provide copies of your full official transcript (the certificate that you receive from your exam board detailing the overall and component grades where appropriate) stamped and signed by your school for each and every academic qualification that you have listed on your application, i.e. including your GCSEs or equivalent qualifications (although this would normally exclude non-academic/extra-curricular qualifications such as music, dance or Duke of Edinburgh certificates)
• Provide a verified copy of your reference


Please note: where we do not detail a specific qualification, but ask for 'verification of previous qualifications', this means that we will need verification for all of the academic qualifications that you have listed on your application. This means you need to provide copies of your full official transcript (the certificate that you receive from your exam board detailing the overall and component grades where appropriate) stamped and signed by your school for each qualification e.g. each of your GCSEs, ASs or A2 levels or equivalent qualifications that you have listed as having obtained.

Please note that if your document is in a LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH you must also provide a verified (i.e. signed and stamped) TRANSLATION.

We accept verified documents submitted to us
• by post
• from an official school fax number
• scanned copied sent from an official email account (ONLY where the school email is an official email address from the designated referee or official school address - we cannot accept via email from gmail, hotmail etc school email addresses, or from unrecognised individual email addresses within a school)

Please note: Please send your verified documents to us as soon as you have them (i.e. as soon as you have your exam results, as soon as you have received your offer if you are confirming previous qualifications and references). Whilst the final deadline for our receipt of documents is 31st July 2015, the checking process can take time, and your school may only be able to verify your documents in term time. We do not accept your school being closed for the summer break as a sufficient reason for not providing verified documents.

We are more than happy to receive documents soon after you have received your offer if you can provide them, and highly recommend that you do so, as this will allow time for you to re-submit if there are any problems with your documents or verification.

Further information about verifying your documents can be found on our 'Verification requirements' pages