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Lower grade for firm acceptance

My daughter is torn between Durham and Birmingham. She was originally going to put Durham (A*AA) as her firm choice and Birmingham as her insurance (AAA). On the day we went to the offer holders day at Durham, Birmingham contacted her and offered AAB if she put them as her first choice.

She is now torn, particularly as she is getting closer to the exams. Additionally, in the subject that she is hoping to get an A* in, her NEA coursework wasn't marked as high as she was hoping so she's lost a bit of confidence.

I wonder if she contacted Birmingham admissions and asked if they would be prepared to offer her AAB even if she put them as her insurance rather than her first choice what her chances would be? I figured, if you don't ask, you don't get right? Has anyone ever done this and been successful?

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