Do I need any lower entry (backup) options?

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Hey guys,

I'm just finishing up my UCAS application now. I already finished my A levels in 2020, getting A*A*AB. Since then I've been working in a relevant area.

I'm applying to Cambridge (A*A*A requirement) and looking at several options with A*AA requirements. My question is: should I put any options with lower entry standards than that, to be absolutely certain I get a place somewhere? Seeing as I already have my grades, I feel there isn't as much uncertainty for non-Oxbridge choices, but I don't want to be reckless.

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Which subject and which other unis are you considering?
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(Original post by MatthewABall)
Hey guys,

I'm just finishing up my UCAS application now. I already finished my A levels in 2020, getting A*A*AB. Since then I've been working in a relevant area.

I'm applying to Cambridge (A*A*A requirement) and looking at several options with A*AA requirements. My question is: should I put any options with lower entry standards than that, to be absolutely certain I get a place somewhere? Seeing as I already have my grades, I feel there isn't as much uncertainty for non-Oxbridge choices, but I don't want to be reckless.

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That depends on your appetite for risk and your attitude towards using clearing as a backup.

Maybe apply to 4 choices early and decide how to use your 5th choice in January when you might have had some offers.
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I would recommend applying for a place with a lower entry requirement, even if it is only a single grade lower. I have no doubt that you're an excellent candidate, but it is advised that your insurance choice has lower grade requirements.
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(Original post by MatthewABall)
Hey guys,

I'm just finishing up my UCAS application now. I already finished my A levels in 2020, getting A*A*AB. Since then I've been working in a relevant area.

I'm applying to Cambridge (A*A*A requirement) and looking at several options with A*AA requirements. My question is: should I put any options with lower entry standards than that, to be absolutely certain I get a place somewhere? Seeing as I already have my grades, I feel there isn't as much uncertainty for non-Oxbridge choices, but I don't want to be reckless.

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That's really going to depend on the course and university. As you know, grades can merely be one requirement, that many applicants may exceed. You need at least one choice where that isn't the case. I'd aim a little lower with at least one choice - it will be less stressful for you, and you'll still have several attempts at those with higher entry requirements.
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Advice about this here - Hpw to Avoid 5 Rejections - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...ity-rejections
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Go with the advice in post #3.
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Go with the advice in post #3.
Gee, thanks for the contribution
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(Original post by MatthewABall)
Hey guys,

I'm just finishing up my UCAS application now. I already finished my A levels in 2020, getting A*A*AB. Since then I've been working in a relevant area.

I'm applying to Cambridge (A*A*A requirement) and looking at several options with A*AA requirements. My question is: should I put any options with lower entry standards than that, to be absolutely certain I get a place somewhere? Seeing as I already have my grades, I feel there isn't as much uncertainty for non-Oxbridge choices, but I don't want to be reckless.

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A lot depends on how you would feel if got 5 rejections. It is unlikely but still possible. If you are the type who could put it aside and would happily use ucas extra for an insurance there wouldnt be a problem. If you are someone who would prefer to make sure of an offer then add in an insurance. As already said you could apply to 4 then decide,
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Which subject and which other unis are you considering?
I'm applying for engineering. At the moment I have Cambridge, Imperial, Bristol, Bath and UCL (all for some variant of general engineering or design engineering). UCL is probably the weakest for my subject, but it's still A*AA.
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That depends on your appetite for risk and your attitude towards using clearing as a backup.

Maybe apply to 4 choices early and decide how to use your 5th choice in January when you might have had some offers.
I think I'd be willing to use clearing as a backup, wouldn't be ideal though. I think using the last choice later on could be a good idea.
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