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    My first choice uni wants AAA.

    I was always relying on Southampton as my insurance - they want AAB (but if I get an A in EPQ, the entry grade could be ABB. However I don't know my EPQ grades until results day, and teachers refuse to give me an indication of how I have done). Realistically if I don't meet the requirements of my firm choice, I really don't want to go to Southampton; I'd probably take a gap year. However I would consider going to Exeter.

    I really want to put Exeter rather than Southampton as my insurance - but they've offered me AAA like my firm choice. I have friends who applied to the same course with offers of AAB, and the grade requirements on the website are AAB-AAA.

    Potentially therefore if I get AAB there might be some lenience, seeing as they're accepting people with these grades. But that only gives me the possibility of missing one grade - even then theres no guarantee Exeter would have me.

    So if you were me would you insurance the uni with definite lower grades that I don't really want to go to, or the uni that might not lower the grades that I would go to?
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    (Original post by Han-)
    My first choice uni wants AAA.

    I was always relying on Southampton as my insurance - they want AAB (but if I get an A in EPQ, the entry grade could be ABB. However I don't know my EPQ grades until results day, and teachers refuse to give me an indication of how I have done). Realistically if I don't meet the requirements of my firm choice, I really don't want to go to Southampton; I'd probably take a gap year. However I would consider going to Exeter.

    I really want to put Exeter rather than Southampton as my insurance - but they've offered me AAA like my firm choice. I have friends who applied to the same course with offers of AAB, and the grade requirements on the website are AAB-AAA.

    Potentially therefore if I get AAB there might be some lenience, seeing as they're accepting people with these grades. But that only gives me the possibility of missing one grade - even then theres no guarantee Exeter would have me.

    So if you were me would you insurance the uni with definite lower grades that I don't really want to go to, or the uni that might not lower the grades that I would go to?
    Put where you want to go, or alternatively you don't have to have an insurance at all if you dont want to.
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    (Original post by Han-)

    So if you were me would you insurance the uni with definite lower grades that I don't really want to go to, or the uni that might not lower the grades that I would go to?
    This. DO NOT put Southampton as your insurance if you're not interested in going there. I put a certain uni as my insurance that I didn't really want to go to, and I'm stuck there now (however, I have an offer to start from Year 2 in Exeter provided I achieve 60% plus this year).

    Exeter gave me an offer (that I have firmly accepted) and my course requires AAA-AAB. I achieved ABB at A-level yet they still allowed me to go into Year 2 entry. The point I'm trying to make in that grade requirements can be lenient in many unis including Exeter, i.e. you can still get an offer if you get 1 grade below the minimum grade requirements.

    Also I believe it is worth mentioning is that I applied for second year entry for Southamption this year, too and their requirements for AAB for my course. When I e-mailed them asking them I could apply they stated my grades would not suffice.

    This almost provides the perfect scenario for you - the uni you are more interested in is lenient with grades, and the one you don't really want to go to isn't. Plus I think you don't have to go to a uni just because you put them down as your firm/insurance, if I recall correctly they allow you to not go to that uni provided you e-mail them etc etc. If you don't get into a uni you want, apply through clearing OR take a gap year (like you want to). Don't rush into any decisions like I did.

    Sorry for rambling on... Hope this helps!
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    (Original post by Han-)
    My first choice uni wants AAA.

    I was always relying on Southampton as my insurance - they want AAB (but if I get an A in EPQ, the entry grade could be ABB. However I don't know my EPQ grades until results day, and teachers refuse to give me an indication of how I have done). Realistically if I don't meet the requirements of my firm choice, I really don't want to go to Southampton; I'd probably take a gap year. However I would consider going to Exeter.

    I really want to put Exeter rather than Southampton as my insurance - but they've offered me AAA like my firm choice. I have friends who applied to the same course with offers of AAB, and the grade requirements on the website are AAB-AAA.

    Potentially therefore if I get AAB there might be some lenience, seeing as they're accepting people with these grades. But that only gives me the possibility of missing one grade - even then theres no guarantee Exeter would have me.

    So if you were me would you insurance the uni with definite lower grades that I don't really want to go to, or the uni that might not lower the grades that I would go to?
    1. Don't put down anywhere that you don't want to study. Would you pay c. £40k for a car that you don't like? No, so don't do it with your education.

    2. It is better to have an AAA firm and AAA insurance than just an AAA firm, as long as you would be happy at the latter.

    3. If you don't get in at either of the above, then try clearing or a gap year.
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    Exeter's grade range depends on which school you went to. The normal offer is the higher and the lower offer is the contextual offer if the school or college where you sit your A levels falls in the bottom 40%. No university can guarantee they will lower a grade. It all depends on the numbers reaching their offers.
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    Exeter's grade range depends on which school you went to. The normal offer is the higher and the lower offer is the contextual offer if the school or college where you sit your A levels falls in the bottom 40%.
    Sorry I may not have made that super clear - friends from the same college received AAB offers, whilst mine was AAA. This might be to do with the difference in our predicted grades, or in the amount Exeter wanted each of us - but our college is above the 40% contextual offer.

    I think Exeter is quite oversubscribed so thank you, thats definitely something to consider.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Put where you want to go, or alternatively you don't have to have an insurance at all if you dont want to.
    (Original post by eden3)
    This almost provides the perfect scenario for you - the uni you are more interested in is lenient with grades, and the one you don't really want to go to isn't. Plus I think you don't have to go to a uni just because you put them down as your firm/insurance, if I recall correctly they allow you to not go to that uni provided you e-mail them etc etc. If you don't get into a uni you want, apply through clearing OR take a gap year (like you want to). Don't rush into any decisions like I did.

    Sorry for rambling on... Hope this helps!
    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    1. Don't put down anywhere that you don't want to study. Would you pay c. £40k for a car that you don't like? No, so don't do it with your education.
    Thank you all, it is reassuring to see others suggesting what I'm probably leaning towards - put something more risky as my insurance because I would actually want to study there!
 
 
 
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