School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Outstanding Potential Award Scheme

Having received a conditional offer from us, you may be nominated for our new undergraduate Outstanding Potential Award scheme, which means we will invite you to attend an interview on a Wednesday afternoon or a Saturday (one of our Offer Holder Days) between January and March. Eligibility depends on a variety of criteria, including the programme you applied for, achieved GCSE grades and your statement. We will provide you with more detail about this if you are eligible. If you are not selected for consideration under this scheme, you can still rely on our conditional offer to study with us. The majority of our offers are conditional on predicted grades.

Based on an outstanding interview performance, a small number of applicants will have their conditional offer turned into an unconditional one as soon as they make us their firm choice through UCAS. Our aim is to demonstrate our confidence in these applicants and our belief they have the ability to excel in their academic studies with us.

Due to the nature of the scheme, we are only able to make a small number of such awards. But even if you might not be chosen for one of them, you can still benefit from the interview: Should you, at confirmation stage, have just missed the required grades, we will get back to our interview notes and take your performance into consideration.

Why do we interview?

Interviews allow us to assess applicants beyond the limits of the UCAS form, and to form a better idea of their suitability for the chosen subject(s). They are thus an important part of the application process, confirming your motivation and potential for academic excellence.

What will the interview be like?

Your interview will be conducted by a member of our academic teaching staff. It will take the form of an informal conversation, and there will be no trick questions. The interviewer will ask questions about your interest and knowledge in the chosen subject(s), and will most likely refer to your UCAS statement. Students having applied for a combined honours programme will only have one interview.

Are there any other eligibility requirements?

We are unable to make awards to applicants who are required to achieve English proficiency (e.g. IELTS) if the qualification is outstanding. These students will instead be considered for a conditional offer.

We also cannot consider overseas applicants for the award who require a visa to study in the UK.

What is the advantage of receiving an unconditional offer?

The offer takes away the uncertainty associated with securing a place at University, helping students to focus on achieving their best performance in their academic career. The interview experience will also help ease the transition to University and equip you with useful information about your degree programme, the School and the University.

What if the applicant doesn’t achieve the predicted grades?

While we accept that grade predictions are not always correct, it is likely that those selected for the award will achieve them. However, an unconditional offer is exactly that – it is not conditional on achieving predicted grades. We will therefore still accept students who do not meet their predicted grades.

How will I know if I have been selected for an award?

All applicants will initially be made a conditional offer. If you have been selected for consideration under the Outstanding Potential Award Scheme, you will be invited for interview for the opportunity to ‘upgrade’ your offer to unconditional. We aim to contact you with a decision after the interview within 2 to 3 weeks.

How do I accept the award?

To accept the Outstanding Potential Award, you must place us as your firm choice on UCAS Track. Your offer will then be upgraded to unconditional.

What if I am selected for the Award, but do not want to accept it, or decide to defer?

If you choose not to place us as your firm choice, you will retain your original conditional offer. The Award is only valid in the year was made.