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tldr; do i use extra and apply to better unis now or wait till results day? scared of making wrong choice

hi, this might be a bit long and confusing, sorry in advance. looking to study psychology.

i'm currently studying a UAL award/BTEC in performing arts. i never thought i'd get ANY qualifications, so when it came to me finally applying for uni i kind of settled (in my eyes) as i didn't think i'd get into any better.
i've applied to reading, surrey, uni west london and westminster w a foundation year (need a MERIT- equal to 3 Bs at alevel) and brighton yr 1 (need a MERIT again)
long story short, i applied to these unis 1. because i didn't think i could do better and 2 because i wanted to be in a certain area of the UK to be closed to my boyfriend (i know now this was a bad bad choice)

SO. i'm meant to be getting a distinction (equivalent to 3 a*). originally i was going to just wait till results day and go through adjustment for notts, leeds, manc or birmingham, but now i'm worried leaving it that late is too risky.

i'm not interested in my current offers/choices. i'm just so so so worried about throwing them away and it biting me in the ass later.
i'd really rather not do a gap year.

i know i need to choose what to do, but ANY AND ALL OPINIONS welcome.
pls help me.
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Yes, decline your offers and go via UCAS extra. Dont wait to go into clearing. It will be messy this year. Many of the places that would have been available in clearing will have been taken up by last year's students who had their grades bumped up once the school predicted grades were implemented. The unis were full so offered these students the option to join in 2022. Hence there will be fewer places available via clearing.
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Yes, decline your offers and go via UCAS extra. Dont wait to go into clearing. It will be messy this year. Many of the places that would have been available in clearing will have been taken up by last year's students who had their grades bumped up once the school predicted grades were implemented. The unis were full so offered these students the option to join in 2022. Hence there will be fewer places available via clearing.
hey, thank you for replying. i'm a bit confused, are you saying there'll be less places in adjustment/clearing from people who deferred/didn't go to uni last year and have got in because they already have their alevels?

i'm thinking that if i get a distinction and go through adjustment, unis will be more lenient than if i apply using extra now? also, notts aren't accepting applications anymore and the others (leeds, manc, brum) all ask for science/specific subjects (which i don't have). does that make sense?
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tldr; do i use extra and apply to better unis now or wait till results day? scared of making wrong choice

hi, this might be a bit long and confusing, sorry in advance. looking to study psychology.

i'm currently studying a UAL award/BTEC in performing arts. i never thought i'd get ANY qualifications, so when it came to me finally applying for uni i kind of settled (in my eyes) as i didn't think i'd get into any better.
i've applied to reading, surrey, uni west london and westminster w a foundation year (need a MERIT- equal to 3 Bs at alevel) and brighton yr 1 (need a MERIT again)
long story short, i applied to these unis 1. because i didn't think i could do better and 2 because i wanted to be in a certain area of the UK to be closed to my boyfriend (i know now this was a bad bad choice)

SO. i'm meant to be getting a distinction (equivalent to 3 a*). originally i was going to just wait till results day and go through adjustment for notts, leeds, manc or birmingham, but now i'm worried leaving it that late is too risky.

i'm not interested in my current offers/choices. i'm just so so so worried about throwing them away and it biting me in the ass later.
i'd really rather not do a gap year.

i know i need to choose what to do, but ANY AND ALL OPINIONS welcome.
pls help me.
Hi there

I am a second year Psychology Student here at Surrey

Firstly, it's completely normal to be feeling this way and be super worried about it! However there are many options you can take if you're not interested in your current offers. I would suggest UCAS extra as the next option for you and then if that doesn't work out you can try clearing and as a last resort a gap year. However, as long as you have a plan such as applying for UCAS extra and then have the back up plans like clearing or a job for a year etc, you will still get to where you want to be so please don't worry about it! You can also look into transferring universities too if that's an option you're interested in!

I hope this helps, please feel free to ask questions, I am here to help!

Becca
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tldr; do i use extra and apply to better unis now or wait till results day? scared of making wrong choice

hi, this might be a bit long and confusing, sorry in advance. looking to study psychology.

i'm currently studying a UAL award/BTEC in performing arts. i never thought i'd get ANY qualifications, so when it came to me finally applying for uni i kind of settled (in my eyes) as i didn't think i'd get into any better.
i've applied to reading, surrey, uni west london and westminster w a foundation year (need a MERIT- equal to 3 Bs at alevel) and brighton yr 1 (need a MERIT again)
long story short, i applied to these unis 1. because i didn't think i could do better and 2 because i wanted to be in a certain area of the UK to be closed to my boyfriend (i know now this was a bad bad choice)

SO. i'm meant to be getting a distinction (equivalent to 3 a*). originally i was going to just wait till results day and go through adjustment for notts, leeds, manc or birmingham, but now i'm worried leaving it that late is too risky.

i'm not interested in my current offers/choices. i'm just so so so worried about throwing them away and it biting me in the ass later.
i'd really rather not do a gap year.

i know i need to choose what to do, but ANY AND ALL OPINIONS welcome.
pls help me.
You would best apply through UCAS extra. However you first need to check universities will accept your qualification. Often universities tend to look for things like BTEC in a relevant subject. I dont know who will accept your qualifications. Try ringing the universities your interested in to make sure they will accept your qualifications and that they are still accepting applications.

If you are not interested in your current course and choices then you have nothing to lose by giving them up. The worse scenario is you get nowhere this year and end up taking a gap year. If you wait for clearing these universities might not be in it.

The biggest issue you MIGHT come across is universities might not accept your course as relevant for Psychology but only they can advise you on that. Sometimes people who take Performing Arts courses find it difficult to get into other courses because they are very specialised and focused towards that subject. You might also have to be more flexible about your choice of university at this stage as courses might be closed.
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hey, thank you for replying. i'm a bit confused, are you saying there'll be less places in adjustment/clearing from people who deferred/didn't go to uni last year and have got in because they already have their alevels?

i'm thinking that if i get a distinction and go through adjustment, unis will be more lenient than if i apply using extra now? also, notts aren't accepting applications anymore and the others (leeds, manc, brum) all ask for science/specific subjects (which i don't have). does that make sense?
Hi, from your message you state you are completing a BTEC in Performing Arts. I thought you wanted to do the same course you had already picked but at a better uni because you are in line to get a distinction i.e. to trade up from Westminister to Kings College. If you want to now switch to a science-based degree then it will be hard to do with a BTEC in performing arts.

Without the relevant foundational knowledge, it would prove disastrous for you; you could not start 1st-year Chemistry for example without a BTEC in science. Thus, you have to be realistic about what course you can do (even with a Distinction). It's like saying, "I have AAA in History, English and French, why can I not enrol for a degree in Chemistry?"

With a Distinction in your BTEC in performing arts there are lots of degree options open to you - just not the STEM degrees.
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