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On results day, is it possible to apply to a course different to the one that your personal statement relates to, as long as your subjects still match the course?? For example, my firm choice is MEng, but I plan to go through clearing and want to increase my chances of successfully getting into a good uni
Original post by physicsvictimx
On results day, is it possible to apply to a course different to the one that your personal statement relates to, as long as your subjects still match the course?? For example, my firm choice is MEng, but I plan to go through clearing and want to increase my chances of successfully getting into a good uni

Hiya @physicsvictimx !
When applying via clearing you are able to submit your application to any degree even if is not related to your previous personal statement as when you apply via clearing the universities do not ask for personal statement, they only ask about grades.

I hope this information clarifies your question.
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Yes you can choose whatever course you wish to apply for and it doesnt necessarily have to fit with your personal statement. If a university wants to it can ask for a new one but generally universities arent that concerned. Universities see clearing as putting bums on seats and that basically means getting students to fill empty places,

The big issue is which universities will have places and many RG ones wont so that is something you need to think on. There will probably be some RG universities that have Physics available. I know it in the past Exeter has but the very popular courses will be filled.

The other issue to be aware of is you wont need to give up your firm place before you can apply for another course through clearing.
As above, unis are used to applicants sometimes deciding to go a different route in clearing and applying with an unrelated PS. They will probably ask you to send them an alternate PS by email if you are made a verbal offer, in my experience. If the course is a close match though they may not ask for a new PS.
If you get better-than-expected A level results, a much better plan is to take a gap year and reapply to 5 new choices.
You would get a full choice - not just 'what's in Clearing' - and would have time to make a considered careful decision about your future. Be aware that 'higher grades' does not mean 'better course' - be very realistic about what you think you will gain. Also - remember that for a Clearing place, you will be at the back of the queue for accommodation, and that may mean 'no accommodation'.

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