(Original post by thejester)
Does anyone know if it is possible to get an insurance offer at this stage? I don't have one you see and I was just wondering if I could get a university to give me an offer whether UCAS would allow it.
As mtbab says, you can't get an insurance offer at this stage, but don't worry about it, it's not unusual for people to just have a firm offer.
If you think there is a possibility that you won't meet your offer for your firm, and/or that if you don't meet your offer the uni will turn you down, it might be worth doing some homework before Results Day. As in: check which unis still had places in Extra (you can still find this on UCAS - it's not 100% but will give you some idea) for the course/s you want to do, as these are quite likely to have places in Clearing. Find the unis with standard entry requirements around the grades you are expecting. Next, look at the course descriptions on the uni websites to make sure they suit you, and take off your list any you definitely wouldn't find interesting. Then, when Results Day comes round you will be able, if you need to, to check very quickly on the UCAS lists which of the courses you picked out are in Clearing and be ready to call knowing something about the course you are enquiring about.
Of course, if you find that in fact your firm choice was in Extra this improves the chances of them taking you even if you do miss by a grade or even two - unis will nearly always prefer take someone who chose them as a firm rather than a random bod through Clearing. And just because a course was available in Extra does not
mean it's a mickey mouse course at a rubbish uni.