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    Stupidly wasted a couple of UCAS choices, and am realizing I should have applied to UCL instead. I'm hoping to use "Extra" as an option, but how exactly does it work- do any decent universities actually post "vacancies"? Surely they have more than enough applicants already?
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    Generally, UCl doesn't participate in Extra
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    If you want to use Extra you have to decline any offers you've already got. If you then don't get any offers in Extra this could leave you stuck with no choice but to use Clearing. It's a pretty big gamble.
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    I haven't seen any Loxbridge university participating in Clearing, but I'm not sure about Extra. The only decent uni participating in offering vacancies I've seen was York.
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    (Original post by junebug32)
    Stupidly wasted a couple of UCAS choices, and am realizing I should have applied to UCL instead. I'm hoping to use "Extra" as an option, but how exactly does it work- do any decent universities actually post "vacancies"? Surely they have more than enough applicants already?
    There will be a list of what courses at what unis are in Extra come late February 2011, so you can look then and see if UCL is there. If they are, you will need to assess the risk of rejecting all your offers to use Extra (risk being you will be rejected by UCL) and phone UCL very shortly before applying, if you decide to.

    Don't do anything with your application until you know whether UCL is in Clearing, because it's unlikely they will be and, if you're happy with any of your unis, not worth the risk.
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    Try to get the best grades possible, like an A* and a few A's, and then go through adjustment to see if UCL have any spaces left for a course you'd like, as people often miss out on their university places, and the best part is you can still hold onto your firm offer. The better your grades, the more chance you'll have. I think all Universities participate in adjustment, except Oxbridge. To read more about adjustment, check the FAQ on the UCAS website

    Edit - You need to get grades that exceed your firm offer e.g if your firm is AAB, you need to get AAA or higher. Other scenarios are on the website.
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    UCL generally don't participate in Extra, as has already been said.
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    (Original post by A level Az)
    Try to get the best grades possible, like an A* and a few A's, and then go through adjustment to see if UCL have any spaces left for a course you'd like, as people often miss out on their university places, and the best part is you can still hold onto your firm offer. The better your grades, the more chance you'll have. I think all Universities participate in adjustment, except Oxbridge. To read more about adjustment, check the FAQ on the UCAS website

    Edit - You need to get grades that exceed your firm offer e.g if your firm is AAB, you need to get AAA or higher. Other scenarios are on the website.
    I almost don't know what to say about this post...

    1) 'Best grades possible' is irrelevant. You could have a CCC offer and get BCC, and still be eligible for Adjustment. You just have to exceed the requirements of your firm offer.

    2) People may miss their offers; however, unis don't have a 1:1 applicant to place ratio, they know roughly how many will miss and plan for that. Top unis often end up with too many, not the other way around.

    3) Better grades does not necessarily mean a better chance in Adjustment. In fact, I would argue it means a worse chance. As already mention, top unis have too many people anyway. If someone was to improve from CCC to BCC, the unis they would be looking at are actually more likely to have free places because they weren't as popular to beging with.

    4) Adjustment is like Clearing in participation - unis that have places free may or may not decide to participate.
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    (Original post by TheSownRose)
    I almost don't know what to say about this post...

    1) 'Best grades possible' is irrelevant. You could have a CCC offer and get BCC, and still be eligible for Adjustment. You just have to exceed the requirements of your firm offer.

    2) People may miss their offers; however, unis don't have a 1:1 applicant to place ratio, they know roughly how many will miss and plan for that. Top unis often end up with too many, not the other way around.

    3) Better grades does not necessarily mean a better chance in Adjustment. In fact, I would argue it means a worse chance. As already mention, top unis have too many people anyway. If someone was to improve from CCC to BCC, the unis they would be looking at are actually more likely to have free places because they weren't as popular to beging with.

    4) Adjustment is like Clearing in participation - unis that have places free may or may not decide to participate.
    Yeah well, I was trying to not be pessemistic about it. And better grades do help in the context that I was referring to; someone with A*A*A will be more desirable than someone with the standard AAB (For example, politics and economics at Manchester), so if these two people applied at exactly the same time, then one would have a better chance. I know its easier to get into lower Universities, but we were talking about UCL.
 
 
 
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