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How should you go about choosing uni options? Is it fine if you apply to 5 top universities or should it be 3 big ones and 2 small ones? How else should you decide?
Original post by hanni_nj
How should you go about choosing uni options? Is it fine if you apply to 5 top universities or should it be 3 big ones and 2 small ones? How else should you decide?


do it off ur predicted grades. U should have max 3 on ur predicted grades then 1 with one grade under and then another with 2-3 grades under. Although if ur a straight A* student maybe look for an insurance around AAB-ABB
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Original post by user123456324
do it off ur predicted grades. U should have max 3 on ur predicted grades then 1 with one grade under and then another with 2-3 grades under. Although if ur a straight A* student maybe look for an insurance around AAB-ABB

Thank you so much!
While you can put 5 on the form, ultimately you only accept 2 (a firm and an insurance choice)

Your insurance choice should therefore have lower grade boundaries so that you have somewhere to go if you have a hiccup and don’t get the grades for your firm choice.

So, choose 5 places you would like to go and see what offers you get

As above, select 3 high level choices (around your predicted grades) and 2 below your predicted grades.

When you have your offers, make a choice for firm and insurance. Typically one from higher and one from lower but, depending on the grade boundaries, you may select 2 from higher and then look to rely on clearing if you miss those. Bottom line is, you need to have a plan (hope for the best but plan for the worst) to

A) get an upper offer
B) get a standby offer
C) know what you’ll do if the exams all go horribly wrong
(edited 8 months ago)
Original post by hanni_nj
How should you go about choosing uni options? Is it fine if you apply to 5 top universities or should it be 3 big ones and 2 small ones? How else should you decide?


It is very difficult to give definite advice on this as it depends on the level of risk a student is prepared to take.

Top universities tend to be oversubscribed do reject many. The result is you can end up with 5 rejections even with oustanding grades. This happens to students every year.

How would you feel if you end up with nothing and the other really good universities are not in clearing. This is something to consider.

The most sensible advice is 2 top universities, 2 slightly below and 1 where you guaranteed an offe.r
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Original post by Johnny Valentine
While you can put 5 on the form, ultimately you only accept 2 (a firm and an insurance choice)

Your insurance choice should therefore have lower grade boundaries so that you have somewhere to go if you have a hiccup and don’t get the grades for your firm choice.

So, choose 5 places you would like to go and see what offers you get

As above, select 3 high level choices (around your predicted grades) and 2 below your predicted grades.

When you have your offers, make a choice for firm and insurance. Typically one from higher and one from lower but, depending on the grade boundaries, you may select 2 from higher and then look to rely on clearing if you miss those. Bottom line is, you need to have a plan (hope for the best but plan for the worst) to

A) get an upper offer
B) get a standby offer
C) know what you’ll do if the exams all go horribly wrong


This is so helpful! Thank you so much!!
(edited 8 months ago)
Reply 6
Original post by hanni_nj
How should you go about choosing uni options? Is it fine if you apply to 5 top universities or should it be 3 big ones and 2 small ones? How else should you decide?


How to Avoid 5 Rejections - read it all - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/apply/how-to-avoid-getting-five-university-rejections

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