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    I have two universities in mind, however one is offering me a lower grade boundary providing at make it my firm choice. My other choice would keep its grade boundary.
    This made me think, is there a difference between making one your firm choice and another your insurance? For example, could I make the first university my firm choice to get the lower grade boundary but also go to my insurance choice instead? Or do you have to go to your firm choice instead of insurance providing you get the grades? What are the main drawbacks of having a university as your insurance choice?

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    (Original post by Manyula)
    I have two universities in mind, however one is offering me a lower grade boundary providing at make it my firm choice. My other choice would keep its grade boundary.
    This made me think, is there a difference between making one your firm choice and another your insurance? For example, could I make the first university my firm choice to get the lower grade boundary but also go to my insurance choice instead? Or do you have to go to your firm choice instead of insurance providing you get the grades? What are the main drawbacks of having a university as your insurance choice?

    Thanks for the help!
    When you get your results, if you meet your firm offer, your insurance choice disappears. You don't get to pick between both options on results day. If you miss your firm offer, your firm still gets a sort of first refusal on you. If your firm rejects you, but you've met your insurance offer, you automatically go there. If you miss your insurance offer as well, your insurance can still decide to accept you, or they can then reject you.

    Your firm choice should be the university you most want to go to, and it's usual for your insurance to be the choice with lower grades. Your insurance choice is a back up plan in case you don't get into your firm.

    On results day, if you wanted to switch between your firm and insurance choices, you'd have to ask your firm to release you and apply to your insurance choice via clearing (assuming they have spaces). This is pretty risky, because it can take a while to get released on results day, and your insurance choice might fill their course- meaning you're left with nothing.

    Offering lower grades if you make the uni your firm choice is pretty much a marketing strategy from the uni. They think you're a strong candidate and they want to persuade you to firm them. Try not to be swayed by this- provided both offers are achievable, put the uni YOU prefer as your firm.
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    (Original post by Manyula)
    I have two universities in mind, however one is offering me a lower grade boundary providing at make it my firm choice. My other choice would keep its grade boundary.
    This made me think, is there a difference between making one your firm choice and another your insurance? For example, could I make the first university my firm choice to get the lower grade boundary but also go to my insurance choice instead? Or do you have to go to your firm choice instead of insurance providing you get the grades? What are the main drawbacks of having a university as your insurance choice?

    Thanks for the help!
    If you meet the Firm offer that's where you go. Don't pick an offer because they want to drop the boundary. Pick the course/uni you prefer.

    The vast majority of people end up at their Firm.
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    Excellent, thanks a lot for the info. You've been a massive help!
 
 
 
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