Just because you’ve picked your university already, your future doesn’t have to be set in stone – especially if your grades are even better than you thought!
The UCAS Adjustment service is your way to choose a different uni, an alternative course and maybe a completely new career path! If you think you’ve done really well in your exams, then you might get better grades than the conditions of your firm offer, which entitles you to use the Adjustment service to apply to a different course.
Adjustment opens on results day, and is only applicable if you have met or exceeded ALL conditions of your initial offer.
While you’re waiting to find out your results, there are a few things you can do now to make the most out of this opportunity:
You know the five choices of university you used for UCAS? Well, make sure they’re just your first five, based on your expected grades. Create a list of potential courses and universities you’d be interested in if your grades turn out even better than expected. That way, the minute you know your results you’ll know who you want to call. You’ll beat the queues because a lot of people wait until results day to do their research, and won’t start ringing until lunchtime, slackers!
It’s good to have your heart set on a course or university, but your final grades might encourage you to think about studying something else; don’t be afraid to go with your gut feeling, it could be right! Remember, you don’t need to pick the ‘best’ course that your new grades allow, it could turn out to be really boring!
Instead of looking back and asking ‘what if?’ Look forward and ask ‘why not?’
Get in-touch with course leaders, or contact current students on the Student Room forum. They can help to give you an insight into life at each uni, and share their experiences of the course that you are considering. Every new opinion that you gather will help you decide what to do on the big day.
University is not all about your education. It’s also three to four years of your life, and you need to be able to get more out of it then just a degree. Check what else is on offer at the unis on your wish list. Are there any societies you’d want to join? Does the University have sports and gym facilities? Get hold of a campus map; are there any shops on campus or do you have to walk miles to find a Tesco? Also be sure to check out the accommodation offer!
We hope this post has helped you prepare for Clearing, and we wish you the very best of luck!
– The unCOVered team