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    does it mean anything like they're still too short of applicants?

    i know it's not definite, but i read another post on tsr (cant find it again) that this is indicative that the course is more likely to take in people who missed their offer by a grade or so?
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    Being in Extra means that they haven't had enough offerholders take up their places, and/or that they're scared that the offerholders who have firmed the uni will miss their offer based on their past grades/performance.

    The unis that are in Extra tend to be more lenient with grades, but only because they tend to publish inflated offers in the first place and/or have too large an intake to fill solely with students who both firmed them and got their grades. But it will depend on your uni + course combo in particular.
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    does it mean anything like they're still too short of applicants?

    i know it's not definite, but i read another post on tsr (cant find it again) that this is indicative that the course is more likely to take in people who missed their offer by a grade or so?
    It doesn't mean anything.

    Courses can be showing in Extra just because they didn't tell UCAS to remove them - it's an opt-out system. So all it shows in that situation is that the admissions tutors are busy.

    Courses can be in Extra just in case they get excellent applicants. They might not really have any spaces, but could squeeze an extra one in for the right person. Similarly, they might only have space for international applicants.

    They could potentially have loads of spaces left because they didn't get enough applicants from the main UCAS scheme. But they could then fill these spaces with applicants through Extra, so it doesn't mean that they will definitely have spaces left later. So they might not be more lenient with people who miss their offer or apply through Clearing.

    There are courses available in Extra that don't go on to have spaces in Clearing. Equally, there are courses in Clearing that weren't available in Extra. You cannot make any assumptions.
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    An additional point similar to the one Juno made above: It is possible that a university entering Extra may lower, all other things being equal, your chances of getting in if you miss your grades.

    Say that a uni gives out 600 offers for 200 places. 150 students firm the uni and meet their grades, then the uni will either have to leave the remaining 50 places empty (which no uni wants to do), or tolerate the 'near-missers' who firmed that uni but missed their grades.

    However, if a uni enters Extra, and gives out another 200 offers for those 200 places, then the chances are that the otherwise-unfilled 50 places are going to be filled by someone in the UCAS Extra crowd who does meet the offer grades.

    This may result in those who got an earlier offer, but missed their grades, being rejected.

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    - The chances of you getting in while missing an offer may be lower in relative terms, but they may still be high in absolute terms (e.g. a fall from 80% guaranteed entry to 70% guaranteed entry)

    - A lot of lower-ranking unis will take in people through Extra who don't even have the offer grades, so my analysis about those with the offer grades crowding out those without the offer grades may not stand. But then again, chances are that that uni is desperate enough for bums on seats that it will take you either way.



 
 
 
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