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Missed my firm by 2 grades

Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:

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Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:


I'm really sorry you are in that position. Is the course in clearing? That might be a guide as to what they will accept.
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:


If you're applying for a grade review then you need to contact Bristol ASAP to let them know so that they can hold your place. They are obligated to hold your place until 7th September or until your review is completed - whichever happens first. Make sure you give them a call right away though.
Original post by Interrobang
I'm really sorry you are in that position. Is the course in clearing? That might be a guide as to what they will accept.

Thank you. It’s not, the university doesn’t have any courses at all in clearing this year.
Original post by grace04935
Thank you. It’s not, the university doesn’t have any courses at all in clearing this year.


Then if you are only getting one remarked (so you won't meet your offer regardless), they are unlikely to be able to offer you a place I'm afraid. You can:

1. Go to your insurance
2. See if there is anything else you want in clearing
3. Retake and reapply to Bristol next year
Hey there!

I'm really sorry about that :frown:
congrats on getting through a levels and collecting your results though :hugs:.
Generally if you get a remark, your remarked grades have to meet your offer exactly to get in. You would have to get both remarked. (this can unfortunately mean that you may have been considered had you got the correct grade on results day, but now they'll only take you on if they absolutely have to)
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by _gcx
Generally if you get a remark, your remarked grades have to meet your offer exactly to get in. You would have to get both remarked. (this can unfortunately mean that you may have been considered had you got the correct grade on results day, but now they'll only take you on if they absolutely have to)

Thank you for this information, I’ll bear that in mind. I think it’s worth getting a remark anyway but I don’t have high hopes for Bristol anymore.
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:


Hey @grace04935

I know you've received some great advice from other users, so I just wanted to say a huge congrats on the results, despite them not being what you wanted/needed, you've done absolutely fantastic and should be so proud of yourself regardless. I wish you the best of luck with everything!

Becky
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:


Their is no real harm in calling & asking, but Bristol always has limited space after results day. I would call and see but not get your hopes up.

FWIW, Exeter has a great uni.. sometimes it can be easy to get tunnel vision on one institution but university is really about what you make of the experience!
If I’m honest with you, as someone who has spent a lot of time in Bristol due to family being there, you are better off at Exeter. Most students go to Bristol for the night life which has resulted in the city centre going downhill and also affects the quality of teaching on the course. Bristol has one of the highest suicide rates of UK unis also. I almost applied to Exeter (didn’t want to go that far from where I live) and it appears to be a lovely uni. I’m pretty sure an Exeter grad these days sounds better than a Bristol grad.
Original post by mnot
Their is no real harm in calling & asking, but Bristol always has limited space after results day. I would call and see but not get your hopes up.

FWIW, Exeter has a great uni.. sometimes it can be easy to get tunnel vision on one institution but university is really about what you make of the experience!


Agreed
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:


Original post by grace04935
Thank you for this information, I’ll bear that in mind. I think it’s worth getting a remark anyway but I don’t have high hopes for Bristol anymore.


Ok - so we've had a chat about this in the office.

With one remark, Bristol are not obligated to take you on but they are obligated to hold your place until your remark comes through. At that stage, once you have your new results, they will consider your application as normal - if you fail to meet the conditions then, they can (at their discretion) take you on as a near miss candidate. They may still decline you, but you've got a chance.

It's also worth considering that presuming they hold your place for a few days, they will have fewer Clearing applicants at that stage and migth be more likely to consider a near miss candidate than they are right now - again not a guarantee but I think it's possible they will be more flexible as time goes on and this remark is a way to extend the process.
One thing I would consider is, if you are likely going to Exeter, then perhaps its worth taking a look at accommodation and things as you may need private accommodation or similar as post results day a little less is available.
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:

I'm so sorry that you didn't get accepted into Bristol, that must feel really disappointing. Although, ABC is an absolutely incredible achievement and one to be proud of!! Massive congratulations to you! :star:

Following everyone's advice above concerning Bristol will be super helpful! But just to reassure you, I'm an Exeter student currently and it's still a very good uni! Most universities in the UK are excellent so you can be rest assured that going to Exeter won't hold you back from your dreams!

Wishing you all the best! Student Space is here for you if you need any help today :heart:

~Caitlyn
Original post by KirstinTMH
If I’m honest with you, as someone who has spent a lot of time in Bristol due to family being there, you are better off at Exeter. Most students go to Bristol for the night life which has resulted in the city centre going downhill and also affects the quality of teaching on the course. Bristol has one of the highest suicide rates of UK unis also. I almost applied to Exeter (didn’t want to go that far from where I live) and it appears to be a lovely uni. I’m pretty sure an Exeter grad these days sounds better than a Bristol grad.

Thank you for this reassurance. It was a bit of a shock but I’m feeling positive about Exeter now.
Original post by Charlotte's Web
Ok - so we've had a chat about this in the office.

With one remark, Bristol are not obligated to take you on but they are obligated to hold your place until your remark comes through. At that stage, once you have your new results, they will consider your application as normal - if you fail to meet the conditions then, they can (at their discretion) take you on as a near miss candidate. They may still decline you, but you've got a chance.

It's also worth considering that presuming they hold your place for a few days, they will have fewer Clearing applicants at that stage and migth be more likely to consider a near miss candidate than they are right now - again not a guarantee but I think it's possible they will be more flexible as time goes on and this remark is a way to extend the process.

Thank you for your help. It may be unlikely as you say so I’m not holding out hope. I’m happy with my insurance so I’ll just go forward with that, and if I can get one grade higher with a remark that’s just a bonus for me :smile:
Original post by StudentMinds Rep
I'm so sorry that you didn't get accepted into Bristol, that must feel really disappointing. Although, ABC is an absolutely incredible achievement and one to be proud of!! Massive congratulations to you! :star:

Following everyone's advice above concerning Bristol will be super helpful! But just to reassure you, I'm an Exeter student currently and it's still a very good uni! Most universities in the UK are excellent so you can be rest assured that going to Exeter won't hold you back from your dreams!

Wishing you all the best! Student Space is here for you if you need any help today :heart:

~Caitlyn

Thank you for your lovely message. I’m feeling okay now, what’s meant to be will be! :wink:
Original post by grace04935
Thank you for your help. It may be unlikely as you say so I’m not holding out hope. I’m happy with my insurance so I’ll just go forward with that, and if I can get one grade higher with a remark that’s just a bonus for me :smile:


That sounds good to me - and it's still a university you've researched and like. Congratulations - I hope you're doing something nice to celebrate!
Original post by grace04935
Hi,
I know emotions are running high for a lot of a-level students today. I was offered AAB to study Theology at the University of Bristol and unfortunately I’ve got ABC. I was accepted into my insurance (Exeter) but my heart is still set on my first choice. The B was two marks off being an A so my teacher has advised a remark. If my grades do end up at AAC, do you think Bristol will reconsider my place on the course? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I’m so stressed and disappointed right now :frown:

Hey @grace04935

I've read through this thread and I'm sorry you missed out on your firm, I hope you are doing ok. I am glad to hear you are feeling positive about Exeter! If you're feeling up to it maybe watch a few day in the life videos of students there and treat yourself to a bit of university shopping (maybe some room décor) to get yourself excited for university! I've just finished my first year and I can remember how nervous I was to go to university, even after results day!

Good luck, make the most of your first year - it goes really fast once you're there!
Rebecca

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