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UCAS adjustment - the A* grade watch

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    I am applying for computer science, currently with offers from... (I was predicted AAA)

    Nottingham BBB
    Surrey ABB
    Bath AAA

    but today was rejected by UCL

    I am still waiting to hear from Bristol having had an interview.

    Can anybody with experience or knowledge about UCAS adjustment tell me how useful 1 or even 2 A* grades at A level could help me either get into UCL or better.

    Generally are there spaces free at top unis due to overprediction?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by 0asis)
    I am applying for computer science, currently with offers from...

    Nottingham
    Surrey
    Bath

    but today was rejected by UCL

    I am still waiting to hear from Bristol having had an interview.

    Can anybody with experience or knowledge about UCAS adjustment tell me how useful 1 or even 2 A* grades at A level could help me either get into UCL or better.

    Generally are there spaces free at top unis due to overprediction?

    Thanks.
    Don't pin too many hopes on UCAS Adjustment. In each of the two years the system has been running fewer than 400 people found places in this way.
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    (Original post by 0asis)
    I am applying for computer science, currently with offers from... (I was predicted AAA)

    Nottingham BBB
    Surrey ABB
    Bath AAA

    but today was rejected by UCL

    I am still waiting to hear from Bristol having had an interview.

    Can anybody with experience or knowledge about UCAS adjustment tell me how useful 1 or even 2 A* grades at A level could help me either get into UCL or better.

    Generally are there spaces free at top unis due to overprediction?

    Thanks.
    I'm probably wrong, but AFAIK

    Adjustment is like the 'good' clearing. You'd only be able to go to places that would have a space. Generally, the best places take A* students and the best places rarely have free spaces.

    I could be wrong though, Minerva knows a lot about this kind of thing.

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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Don't pin too many hopes on UCAS Adjustment. In each of the two years the system has been running fewer than 400 people found places in this way.
    Gah... any particular reason you are aware of?
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    As above. I'd expect UCL and the other top rankers to be packed.
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    (Original post by 0asis)
    Gah... any particular reason you are aware of?
    Probably a combination of (a) some universities not wanting to use it and (b) those that do not having space. The latter problem will be much worse this year, I expect.
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I'm probably wrong, but AFAIK

    Adjustment is like the 'good' clearing. You'd only be able to go to places that would have a space. Generally, the best places take A* students and the best places rarely have free spaces.

    I could be wrong though, Minerva knows a lot about this kind of thing.
    She knows a fair bit - but Good bloke got there first :tongue:

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    As Good bloke has said, the places that look for A*s are often the same ones that do not participate in Adjustment. As lists of Adjustment places are not published, you are left with having to ring round on Results Day and see what you can find. This probably explains the small numbers of people who do actually get a place this way.
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    She knows a fair bit - but Good bloke got there first :tongue:

    As Good bloke has said, the places that look for A*s are often the same ones that do not participate in Adjustment. As lists of Adjustment places are not published, you are left with having to ring round on Results Day and see what you can find. This probably explains the small numbers of people who do actually get a place this way.
    Thanks for the advice,

    I guess there's nothing to lose by calling up on results day and letting universities get a sniff of 3 A*s though
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    (Original post by 0asis)
    Thanks for the advice,

    I guess there's nothing to lose by calling up on results day and letting universities get a sniff of 3 A*s though
    No, nothing at all - but don't count on success, and think hard before jumping ship from your current firm.
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    (Original post by 0asis)
    I am applying for computer science, currently with offers from... (I was predicted AAA)

    Nottingham BBB
    Surrey ABB
    Bath AAA

    but today was rejected by UCL

    I am still waiting to hear from Bristol having had an interview.

    Can anybody with experience or knowledge about UCAS adjustment tell me how useful 1 or even 2 A* grades at A level could help me either get into UCL or better.

    Generally are there spaces free at top unis due to overprediction?

    Thanks.
    You'll find that most unis over offer so they don't end up with too many free spaces. E.g. if they had 10 places available for CS, they might give 15 offers.
    You'd be very unlikely to get into anywhere "better" than UCL. I know Oxbridge wouldn't take anyone that way as of course they interview. Not sure about Durham but its unlikely to say the least except for the most obscure courses. Again this will probally be the same with UCL- they will already have many students who achieved A*'s so they wont see it as anything special.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    if they had 10 places available for CS, they might give 15 offers.
    More likely 30 or 40, actually.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    More likely 30 or 40, actually.
    It was just an example
 
 
 
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