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University to award unconditional places to students based on predicted and actual GCSE grades after exams cancelled

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 21 MARCH
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Birmingham City University will provide unconditional university places for hundreds of applicants based on predicted grades and actual GCSE grades, after the government announced it was cancelling summer exams as part of the mitigation measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University has taken steps to award unconditional places to all students who have already been made a conditional offer of a place, and already have been predicted to meet that offer or have already achieved five or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.

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Students who hold an offer but are not predicted to meet our entry or do not meet the GCSE requirement will be given a guaranteed offer of a place on a related foundation year course, with the possibility of progressing to a degree course depending on the government’s alternative arrangements to award final grades in lieu of exams.

The move has been made to support concerned students unsure about their future studies following the closure of schools and colleges, and the cancellation of end-of-year exams.

“Many young people have been left feeling anxious about their futures after it was announced exams would be cancelled, but we want to make sure that the COVID-19 pandemic is no barrier to future study, education and achievement.

“Those predicted to achieve their offer level and those with 5 good GCSE grades often present a strong picture of a student’s ability and we want to demonstrate our commitment to those who have planned on coming to study with us, by acknowledging their previous academic achievements.

“This pandemic is a global issue, but we have a duty to play our part in supporting both our current and prospective students as best we can during this period.”

Applicants will be contacted by the University to update them on the latest news and their current offers will be updated to reflect the change.

The development will apply to all applicants, excluding those applying to courses which are regulated by professional bodies such as Nursing and Architecture.

The University has already opted to move all of its teaching and assessment online and to replace its Open Day with a Virtual Open Day as the government announced social distancing measures across the nation.

***Updated 24 March 2020***

The government has requested all universities temporarily postpone the formal making of unconditional offers following the introduction of its latest social distancing measures. Birmingham City University will of course be complying with this request. 

This slight delay will not disadvantage any prospective student, but the process of transferring offers is currently on hold to comply with government guidance.

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