My son had a conditional offer of ABB to study Music at Royal Holloway University which he accepted as his UF choice. On results day he was disappointed to find he was one grade shy of those required having obtained ABC. His C grade was only 2 marks short of a B so we requested a rapid re-mark which gained him an extra three points meaning he has now met the university's conditional offer. The University admissions department, despite receiving news of this change in his results before their deadline of 31st August, are saying that the course is now full and that they do not have a place for him. We were under the impression that they were legally bound to accept him as he had met all the conditions of their original offer. It appears that the decision they have made is primarily a financial one as they say they will incur penalties if they accept him. In an unguarded moment, one of the music staff said that "we have been almost entirely unable to accept students who did not meet their conditions". (my italics) This seems to imply that some students were accepted who did not meet the requirements as my son has done. I feel this is very unfair and was wondering if anyone knows whether the conditional offer made by the university is actually a binding contract that must be honoured.
Thanks in advance of any replies.