Adjustment is a relatively new UCAS system that allows you to choose a “better” university if you get better results that you expected in your A levels.

Find out about adjustment from the UCAS website http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/undergraduate/results/better-than-expected and read my advice below:

How does it work?

If you exceed your offer (eg you were offered BBB but you actually get AAA) then you are allowed to speak to universities with higher entry requirements to see if they will take you. They might!


  1. Is the university you have tried to get into through adjustment really “better” than the one you originally applied to and have been offered a place by? What is your definition of “better?” Remember you chose the university that has offered you a place for good reasons!
  2. You only get 5 days to use adjustment from when your offer goes from CF to UF. That is 5 periods of 24 hours. Not 5 working days.
  3. Be careful about making quick decisions – take your time to consider your “new” university. Do your research, visit if you can, think about accommodation for example – accommodation tends to be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. As an adjustment candidate you might find yourself at the back of the queue


1.  You can’t lose the place you’ve been offered so there is no risk in exploring options

2.  Universities have recently been allowed to take effectively an unlimited number of students as long as they can accommodate them and those students meet the minimum entry requirements for the courses they wish to take

Just like if you were using clearing (http://wp.me/s4RGIw-clearing), it is worth remembering the following:

1.  Be in the country on results day – if you can’t be in the country, be available on the telephone and remember to operate on UK time

2.  Collect your results as early as you possibly can

3.  Make sure your phone is charged and you have access to a computer or device that can access the internet

4.  Explore your options, then call the universities you want to apply to and BE CALM.  Have to hand your UCAS ID and get some “verbal offers”

5.  Ask for the name of every person you speak to, especially those who offer you a place, and try to get their direct line and email address

6.  Try to confirm everything in writing by email if you can.  This may mean that you have to make the first move and write an email to the person you spoke to confirming the details of your conversation

7.  If you live near the university you want to go to.  Be prepared to go there if necessary

8.  If you will need a visa to go to university, have your passport with you on results day

9.  Be realistic – you’re unlikely to get into Oxford to study medicine

10.  Be efficient and organised because you will have to move swiftly, but don’t panic.  You will still have some time to explore options and you should take some time to ensure you are making the right choice.

11.  Be prepared to have to answer some “interview” type questions over the phone by re-reading your personal statement

12.   Be prepared to have to write another personal statement especially if the courses you apply for through clearing are different to those you applied for originally

Good luck!


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