Confused About Firm and Insurance

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Both the unis I want to go to (Durham and Birmingham) have given me the same offers (AAB) which is a bit of a bummer. I know Birmingham can be very accommodating if you miss your offer, but I was wondering, would there be any point in putting Durham as my firm and Bham as my insurance? Do you reckon Bham would still consider me if i missed my offer, or does that only apply if they are your firm?

Sorry if that's confusing!

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it works for some people doesnt it?!...i suppose its just ya luck on the day!!! i guess one solution is work hard and get the grades haha nah but if any of the other offers u hold dont appeal to you then yeah id say go for it?! ya head can always do some real sweet talk and see what happens?! if ya aint gonna be happy at your other offers then there's no point in acceptin and then dropping out if ya get me drift?! what course have ya applied for...i suppose ya also need to take into account the demand for the course as well. say if they over accomadated ie gave offers to more people, as they do, but had more people accepting their uni and obtainin the grades, than expected then the chances of u getting in is less?! x
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it works for some people doesnt it?!...i suppose its just ya luck on the day!!! i guess one solution is work hard and get the grades haha nah but if any of the other offers u hold dont appeal to you then yeah id say go for it?! ya head can always do some real sweet talk and see what happens?! if ya aint gonna be happy at your other offers then there's no point in acceptin and then dropping out if ya get me drift?! what course have ya applied for...i suppose ya also need to take into account the demand for the course as well. say if they over accomadated ie gave offers to more people, as they do, but had more people accepting their uni and obtainin the grades, than expected then the chances of u getting in is less?! x
English, which is soooo oversubscribed.
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English, which is soooo oversubscribed.
i thought it might be that. yeah esp for birmingham! we went there a couple of years ago for an open day and hasnt b'ham got like one of the best eng departments in the country?! where else have u had offers from!?
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Average *Intake* A levels for 2001 entry for English

Durham: 27.9
Birmingham: 24.4

So you'd have far more chance of getting into Birmingham with a few dropped grades than Durham - they'd make a good insurance. They took in 2001 as many students with BBC as they did students with ABB (or as many with BCC as with AAB).

The trick is if you miss a grade is to get Durham to decide either way quickly - if it takes Durham over a week to decide if they will take you with ABB and then they decide no Birmingham might have filled up all their places with ABB students from clearing. If Durham make up their mind quickly then you have a much greater chance of getting into Birmingham - they'd rather take someone who chose them as their insurance (ie demonstrated a definite preference) than someone who hasn't even considered them until clearing.
Thanks. The only thing is Bham doesn't go in for clearing for English, they're soo oversubscribed. Hmm, decisions decisions...

Babyboo - I also applied for York, Nottingham, Southampton and Warwick, and was accepted by Southampton.
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Thanks. The only thing is Bham doesn't go in for clearing for English, they're soo oversubscribed. Hmm, decisions decisions...

Babyboo - I also applied for York, Nottingham, Southampton and Warwick, and was accepted by Southampton.
ah i see1whats ya offer at southampton.... i think u should go for it n accept manc then birm!!!! what are ur predicted grades....gawd im being dead nosey as usual sorry!x
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ah i see1whats ya offer at southampton.... i think u should go for it n accept manc then birm!!!! what are ur predicted grades....gawd im being dead nosey as usual sorry!x
Southampton - 370 points, I think- the equivalent of ABB anyway. I didn't apply to Manchester... :confused:
I'm predicted AAAA.
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Thanks PQ, sound advice
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Southampton - 370 points, I think- the equivalent of ABB anyway. I didn't apply to Manchester... :confused:
I'm predicted AAAA.
haha sorry mean durham!!! ya know what i meant, half asleep.... :rolleyes: well then looks like u have no reason to worry im sure u will get the grades if ya keep up the work! x
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i have the same problem but posted in another thread :s
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i'm in same position for Bath and Warwick, for management. they're both asking for AAB. is it worth putting warwick as 1st and bath as insurance? because bath said they may still consider if u miss grades, whereas warwick said they wouldn't. but i'm worried cos bath has already lowered their offer for me.....dunno whether they'd still want me if i dropped another grade. if not, nottingham will be my insurance at ABB
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I was quite decisive in making my firm and insurance luckily.
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Both the unis I want to go to (Durham and Birmingham) have given me the same offers (AAB) which is a bit of a bummer. I know Birmingham can be very accommodating if you miss your offer, but I was wondering, would there be any point in putting Durham as my firm and Bham as my insurance? Do you reckon Bham would still consider me if i missed my offer, or does that only apply if they are your firm?

Sorry if that's confusing!

Kate
It only applies if they are your firm. Its to reward your initial commitment to them
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