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I have revived offers from both Edinburgh and Durham for mechanical engineering but the both are offering A*AA. I have firmed Edinburgh and was wondering whether it was worth putting Durham down as an insurance. I also have an offer form bath but I was offered a different course which I don’t want to do at AABB. Dose anyone know weather Durham are likely to drop the offer below A*AA?
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Original post by jorge466466466
I have revived offers from both Edinburgh and Durham for mechanical engineering but the both are offering A*AA. I have firmed Edinburgh and was wondering whether it was worth putting Durham down as an insurance. I also have an offer form bath but I was offered a different course which I don’t want to do at AABB. Dose anyone know weather Durham are likely to drop the offer below A*AA?

It is very rare for Durham to accept you if you miss a grade especially on a competitive course
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Original post by jorge466466466
I have revived offers from both Edinburgh and Durham for mechanical engineering but the both are offering A*AA. I have firmed Edinburgh and was wondering whether it was worth putting Durham down as an insurance. I also have an offer form bath but I was offered a different course which I don’t want to do at AABB. Dose anyone know weather Durham are likely to drop the offer below A*AA?

Hey there

Durham has a concept of near-miss grades which means that you might be considered for a place if you've nearly missed your offer conditions. I know some people in my cohort of law were still accepted even though it's super competitive. It's not a guarantee though, so I'd keep that in mind. Maybe they'll accept AAA or A*AB, depending on how many places are available once other people have met their offers.

It's more logical to pick a lower conditional offer than your firm especially if you don't think you have a good chance of meeting higher conditions. But if you think it's possible, it might be worth insuring Durham, especially since you don't prefer the other course at Bath.

Good luck!

-Himieka
Original post by jorge466466466
I have revived offers from both Edinburgh and Durham for mechanical engineering but the both are offering A*AA. I have firmed Edinburgh and was wondering whether it was worth putting Durham down as an insurance. I also have an offer form bath but I was offered a different course which I don’t want to do at AABB. Dose anyone know weather Durham are likely to drop the offer below A*AA?

People often advise you have to pick a lower offer as your insurance. However my opinion is:

you should always pick the course you most desire (and have a realistic shot at) as your firm

Your second choice should be a course you want to do but is not your favourite, pragmatically it improves your chances of admission to pick a course with lower criteria but if you don’t want to go, then it’s often worth the risk of picking a more competitive insurance

Ultimately imo, it’s better to put courses & universities you want to compete and accept a greater chance of ending up in clearing or needing to resit then putting somewhere you have no real interest in

Of course common sense should also be applied and you need to understand what you are realistically likely to achieve (and if you got that what hypothetical options would you have in clearing)

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