Unconditional Offer Scheme

At Lancaster University we are proud of our reputation for academic excellence and we want to encourage applicants with outstanding academic profiles to study at Lancaster. The Unconditional Offer Scheme enables us to demonstrate to exceptional students our belief that they will continue to excel by choosing to study with us.

An offer for a place on our Unconditional Offer Scheme will be made to applicants who have the strongest academic profiles in terms of existing qualifications and predicted grades.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some courses, an interview will form part of the assessment.

Eligibility criteria for the Unconditional Offer Scheme will vary across departments as requirements for specific courses differ.

The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Lancaster their firm choice on UCAS.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the scheme?

Applicants who are eligible for the Unconditional Offer Scheme who place Lancaster as their firm choice will have their offer amended to unconditional. These applicants will receive:

  • A guaranteed place at Lancaster
  • Guaranteed accommodation on campus in their first or second choice of room type and/or College in your first year of study
  • Access to additional scholarship funding through the Excellence Scholarship

What is the Excellence Scholarship?

Under the scheme, applicants who achieve the published entry grades will be awarded a £1,000 Excellence Scholarship in the first year of study.

See our course listings for details on the published entry grades. Applicants will also be considered for the Lancaster Scholarships and Bursaries, more details on these are available on our Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Excellence Scholarship Eligibility Examples

The following examples illustrate whether or not an applicant is eligible for the Excellence scholarship based on achieved grades.

Examples of grades that meet or exceed requirements
Published gradesActual gradesResult
A level AAB AAB Meets
A level AAA (A in maths) A*AA (A* in Maths) Exceeds
A level AAA AAA (and A in EPQ) Meets
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM BTEC Extended Diploma D*DD Exceeds
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM including Distinctions in units 01, 02 and 08 BTEC Extended Diploma DDM including Distinctions in units 01, 02 and 08 Meets
IB Diploma 36 overall with 16 in 3 HL subjects IB Diploma 36 overall with 16 in 3 HL subjects Meets
IB Diploma 36 overall with 15 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Biology and 6 in HL Chemistry IB Diploma 37 overall with 17 in 3 HL subjects with 6 in HL Biology and 7 in HL Chemistry Meets
Examples of grades that do not meet requirements
Published gradesActual gradesResult
A level AAB A*A*C Grade C does not meet overall requirement - tariff equivalent cannot be accepted
A level AAA (A in maths) A*AA (B in Maths) Overall requirement met but subject requirement not met
A level AAA AAB (and A in EPQ) Overall requirement not met, EPQ not used to supplement overall requirement
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Overall requirement not met
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM including Distinctions in units 01, 02 and 08 BTEC Extended Diploma DDD including Distinctions in units 01 and 08 and Merit in unit 02 Overall requirement met but subject requirement not met
IB Diploma 36 overall with 16 in 3 HL subjects IB Diploma 37 overall with 15 in 3 HL subjects Overall requirement met but individual HL requirement not met
IB Diploma 36 overall with 15 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in HL Biology and 6 in HL Chemistry IB Diploma 35 overall with 17 in 3 HL subjects with 6 in HL Biology and 7 in HL Chemistry Individual HL requirements met but overall requirement not met

Which subjects are included in the Scheme?

The majority of degree courses are included in the scheme.

How do you determine eligibility for the scheme?

An offer for a place on our Unconditional Offer Scheme will be made to applicants who have the strongest academic profiles in terms of existing qualifications and predicted grades. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The eligibility criteria for the Unconditional Offer Scheme will vary across departments as requirements for specific courses differ.

Will I be interviewed as part of the application process?

The requirement of an interview varies across departments and courses. If applicable, the applicant will be contacted directly by the department to organise the interview.

How will I know if I am eligible for the scheme?

Applicants who are eligible for the scheme will be notified as part of their offer on UCAS.
Applicants who are eligible for an interview will be notified by their academic department once they have been made an offer by the University. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the interview shortly after it has taken place, and applicants who are confirmed as eligible for the scheme following interview will have their offer updated on UCAS to reflect this.

Why are the offers only available to applicants who put Lancaster as their firm choice?

By making an unconditional offer, we are allocating the applicant one of our student places, which are in demand and hence short supply. In return, we want to be sure that the applicant is committed to Lancaster by making us their firm choice.

Can I find out if I am eligible for the scheme before applying?

As eligibility is determined following a full assessment of the applicant’s UCAS application, and some courses require an interview, we are not able to advise on eligibility for the scheme before an application is submitted.

My offer on UCAS says Unconditional, does that mean I am eligible?

Applicants who already meet the published entry requirements may receive an unconditional offer; this is not confirmation that they are eligible for the scheme. Applicants who are eligible for the Unconditional Offer Scheme will receive confirmation of this as part of their offer on UCAS.

I’ve received a letter informing me I am eligible for an Unconditional Offer but UCAS says my offer is Conditional, what does this mean?

Once an eligible applicant has placed Lancaster University as their firm choice, we will update the offer to unconditional; confirmation of this change will be received via UCAS Track. Applicants who do not wish to take up the offer on the Unconditional Offer Scheme will therefore still be eligible for a conditional offer should they wish to make Lancaster University their insurance choice.

I’ve made Lancaster my firm choice but my offer is still Conditional, why hasn’t it updated?

It can take a couple of days for the status of an offer to change conditional to unconditional once it’s been firmly accepted. Applicants who have any concerns about their offer showing as Conditional, should contact ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk.

What if the applicant chooses Lancaster as their insurance choice and not their firm choice?

The conditional offer still stands, but the applicant will not receive the amendment to unconditional and nor will they be eligible for the Excellence Scholarship.

What happens if the applicant doesn’t get their predicted grades?

An unconditional offer demonstrates our view that an applicant is academically gifted and will continue to work hard to achieve their predicted grades. We will still accept applicants with an unconditional offer in the unlikely event that they fail to achieve their predicted grades.

I have firmly accepted my place as part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme. Does this mean I can decide not to continue with my current studies?

If an applicant has a place at Lancaster firmly accepted your place as part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme, then we havemade a commitment to accept them. It is still extremely important that applicants continue to work hard in their current studies:

  • Good grades are not just about getting a place at University. When students apply for a job or work placement, employers will be keen to know the grades achieved at school/college.
  • If an applicant achieves the published entry grades for their course, they will be awarded £1000 in the first year of study. Achieving higher grades, may also qualify for one of our other scholarships.
  • Keeping up the effort now will mean that applicants are better prepared for their degree studies. Continuing to develop study skills and study methods, and maintaining a good academic study pattern will help applicants get off to a successful start in their degree programme. Many applicants will also be continuing to develop their background knowledge of the subject that they have chosen to study at degree level.

I still want to come to Lancaster but I want to defer, will my unconditional offer stand?

In most cases, yes, applicants who are eligible for the scheme will be eligible to defer their application and still receive all of the benefits of the scheme. Applicants should contact ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk should they wish to defer their entry to confirm that it is possible.

I’ve been made an offer but I want to study a different course, will I still be eligible?

Applicants who wish to study a different course should contact ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk with details of their query and one of the team will be able to advise whether a course change would be possible.

  • Guaranteed accommodation on campus in their first or second choice of room type and/or College in your first year of study