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So I got all my replies and it's time to decide on a firm and on an insurance. Out of the offers I have, the one I want to go to most of all is KCL and the second most would be Bristol.
Thing is, they both have the same exact offer (not A-levels since I'm not English; my offer depends on the A-level equivalent in my country which works on a point-based system with both Bristol and King's requiring 28), so I'm not sure what the advantage of that (i.e. firming one and doing the other as insurance) would be.

The strange part is that I got an offer from Warwick too and despite their lower requirements for UK students (AAA as opposed to KCL's A*AA) they seem to want 30 rather than 28 points, which is confusing as all hell (I applied there because I thought it would be an easy fallback). Is there a reason for that (they don't provide required grades from my country on their website, I just got it in UCAS)?

From what I hear, certain unis can be lenient if you miss your offer by 1 grade IF you firm them. And that's my biggest issue. If I firm KCL and get, say, 27 rather than 28, will that be an automatic rejection?
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(Original post by Heinz Guderian)
So I got all my replies and it's time to decide on a firm and on an insurance. Out of the offers I have, the one I want to go to most of all is KCL and the second most would be Bristol.
Thing is, they both have the same exact offer (not A-levels since I'm not English; my offer depends on the A-level equivalent in my country which works on a point-based system with both Bristol and King's requiring 28), so I'm not sure what the advantage of that (i.e. firming one and doing the other as insurance) would be.

The strange part is that I got an offer from Warwick too and despite their lower requirements for UK students (AAA as opposed to KCL's A*AA) they seem to want 30 rather than 28 points, which is confusing as all hell (I applied there because I thought it would be an easy fallback). Is there a reason for that (they don't provide required grades from my country on their website, I just got it in UCAS)?

From what I hear, certain unis can be lenient if you miss your offer by 1 grade IF you firm them. And that's my biggest issue. If I firm KCL and get, say, 27 rather than 28, will that be an automatic rejection?
You should definitely Firm Kings as that's the one you most want to go to, but there is no guarantee that they would accept you with 27 - they might, but probably won't if they have enough applicants achieving 28 and above.

For this reason, your Insurance choice is a risky one if you stick with Bristol. Are there any other Insurance possibilities? If there is somewhere else that you like almost as much as Bristol, I would think about insuring them instead to be a little safer, but if none of your other offers appeals to you, you may as well Insure Bristol but be aware that if you don't get 28 you could be going into Clearing.
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You should definitely Firm Kings as that's the one you most want to go to, but there is no guarantee that they would accept you with 27 - they might, but probably won't if they have enough applicants achieving 28 and above.

For this reason, your Insurance choice is a risky one if you stick with Bristol. Are there any other Insurance possibilities? If there is somewhere else that you like almost as much as Bristol, I would think about insuring them instead to be a little safer, but if none of your other offers appeals to you, you may as well Insure Bristol but be aware that if you don't get 28 you could be going into Clearing.
The issue is that all my other offers have the same or even higher offer (Warwick wants 30 for some reason).
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We don't know. You cannot equate A-Level leniency with leniency for your particular qualification. As you said, there is not a perfect parity -- as Warwick is higher than KCL.

Really, we cannot advise. Just pop KCL in and then Bristol.

Edit: no Exeter, so you get a response.
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The issue is that all my other offers have the same or even higher offer (Warwick wants 30 for some reason).
Forget Warwick, their high offer has taken them off the table.

If you don't have any better offers, then you may as well Firm Kings, Insure Bristol and hope that either you achieve the 28 or one of them shows some leniency. If they don't, there will still be good Unis available in Clearing, but hopefully it won't come to that
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Forget Warwick, their high offer has taken them off the table.

If you don't have any better offers, then you may as well Firm Kings, Insure Bristol and hope that either you achieve the 28 or one of them shows some leniency. If they don't, there will still be good Unis available in Clearing, but hopefully it won't come to that
I don't get why Warwick would have such a high offer though, their A-level offer is lower. Strange.
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I don't get why Warwick would have such a high offer though, their A-level offer is lower. Strange.
They may use a different conversion system, as opposed to Bristol and King's, therefore your offer is higher.
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I don't get why Warwick would have such a high offer though, their A-level offer is lower. Strange.
You just have to accept it and move on...not everything in life always makes sense to us but luckily you have a better offer from Kings
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You just have to accept it and move on...not everything in life always makes sense to us but luckily you have a better offer from Kings
I mean, would it help if I phoned them/wrote to them? It almost seems like a mistake.
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