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Which uni to pick?

I had 4 subs in my Alevels.
Maths- B
Phy- B
Chem- C
Bio- D
I want to join a good uni( Maybe Russell Group). And I saw that during the Clearings the entry requirements goes down, so I think that might be helpful a bit.
Original post by riik112233
I had 4 subs in my Alevels.
Maths- B
Phy- B
Chem- C
Bio- D
I want to join a good uni( Maybe Russell Group). And I saw that during the Clearings the entry requirements goes down, so I think that might be helpful a bit.


What subject do you want to study at uni? Are your grades achieved or predicted? Competitive courses at good unis don't tend to enter clearing, and a drop in grades isn't guaranteed.
Why are you doing 4 A levels.
If you were only doing 3, you could have achieved higher grades.
Reply 3
Original post by normaw
What subject do you want to study at uni? Are your grades achieved or predicted? Competitive courses at good unis don't tend to enter clearing, and a drop in grades isn't guaranteed.

Computer science.. I guess it is highly competitive.. Moreover I am planning to do it from Aston Uni otherwise.. Is it a good choice?
Reply 4
Original post by McGinger
Why are you doing 4 A levels.
If you were only doing 3, you could have achieved higher grades.

Now I do regret it.. if I did 3 subs I could have got ABB at least
There is still time to drop Biology and focus on the 3 that actually matter.
Original post by riik112233
Computer science.. I guess it is highly competitive.. Moreover I am planning to do it from Aston Uni otherwise.. Is it a good choice?


If you've looked at the modules in detail and it interests you, then it is a good course. Does it offer a placement year?
Original post by riik112233
I had 4 subs in my Alevels.
Maths- B
Phy- B
Chem- C
Bio- D
I want to join a good uni( Maybe Russell Group). And I saw that during the Clearings the entry requirements goes down, so I think that might be helpful a bit.

Are these actual grades. The 4th will be ignored and it is unlikely any RG will drop to BBC in clearing. However there are likely to be others who will accept you with those grades but you wont know until the clearing grades are announced.

What you have done is the classical error of spreading your time too thinly by taking 4 subjects. We regularly advise on here against taking 4 subjects in order to get 3 really good grades but unfortunately students like yourself ignore the advice.

Your options now will be to look at lower graded courses in clearing or taking a gap year and achieve higher grades which will open up more universities. Taking 3 subjects will assist you to hopefully achieve AAB which will help get intpo very good universities if not the top.
I have had a look at courses. You will probably get offers for universities showing 120 points or BBB at A level. Places like Aston, Aberystwyth, Keele and Kent are all decent universities in this range. You might also get offers from universities with AAB or 128 points. Most courses usually accept a 1 or 2 grade drop. It isnt certain but very likely. Any offer made now will probably the standard offer but in practice most accept 1 or 2 grades lower on results days other than topuniversities.
Reply 9
So I can get elected in those 128 points uni? And does the 1 or 2 grade drop occur during the clearing phase or in general ?
It depends on the university but most courses other than top universities and very competitive courses like Medicine accept a 1 or maybe 2 grade drop on results day. The offer will always be the standard one but if you dont meet it then you will very likely be accept it. This is what happens during clearing that grades are dropped but will already have been dropped for applicants. Clearing offers will never be lower than what they accept for people they have made offers to.

All this is dependent on other students results and is never guaranteed but the reality is most courses are available in clearing.

Yes universities will sometimes make offers who are below their stated grades. They are classed as reach offers allowing students to exceed their predictions. This is why the advice is to apply to 1 university above your predicted grades 3 at your predicted grades and 1 below as an insurance. In your case with BBC grades 1 of your choices could be BBB or ABB. If you really wish to gamble then you could try 1 at ABB, 1 at BBB and the others lower.

What you really need to do is to concentrate your revision on 3 subjects not 4. This will give the best chance of achieving better grades and getting into higher universities. Please note you wont get into top Russell Group universities but with ABB you will likely get into good universities through clearing.
Reply 11
Original post by swanseajack1
It depends on the university but most courses other than top universities and very competitive courses like Medicine accept a 1 or maybe 2 grade drop on results day. The offer will always be the standard one but if you dont meet it then you will very likely be accept it. This is what happens during clearing that grades are dropped but will already have been dropped for applicants. Clearing offers will never be lower than what they accept for people they have made offers to.
All this is dependent on other students results and is never guaranteed but the reality is most courses are available in clearing.
Yes universities will sometimes make offers who are below their stated grades. They are classed as reach offers allowing students to exceed their predictions. This is why the advice is to apply to 1 university above your predicted grades 3 at your predicted grades and 1 below as an insurance. In your case with BBC grades 1 of your choices could be BBB or ABB. If you really wish to gamble then you could try 1 at ABB, 1 at BBB and the others lower.
What you really need to do is to concentrate your revision on 3 subjects not 4. This will give the best chance of achieving better grades and getting into higher universities. Please note you wont get into top Russell Group universities but with ABB you will likely get into good universities through clearing.

Cant I apply to more than 5 uni ??
You could also look to apply to university abroad
Original post by riik112233
Cant I apply to more than 5 uni ??

No UCAS only applies to 5 universities. If you were to be rejected by or you reject all then you can apply to 1 at a time through extra. You can ring as many universities as you want in clearing but I believe you can only apply to 1. Maybe someone can confirm or deny that.

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