Ucas Adjustment explained
A-level results better than expected? You might be able to swap your existing uni place for one at another university through Ucas Adjustment. Here's how it works…
If you're celebrating surprisingly good grades, here's another option for you to consider...
Are you eligible for Adjustment?Ucas Adjustment kicks off on A-level results day and offers you the chance to switch onto an alternative university or course (should you wish to!). It's essentially the opposite of Clearing!
You can apply to a course through Adjustment if:
1. You’ve been accepted onto your firm choice and it’s now an unconditional firm choice.
2. You’ve exceeded the conditions of your firm offer, including subject-specific grade requirements. So, for example, if your offer is for ABB but you end up getting AAB, you could use Adjustment to potentially find a place at another uni instead.
How Adjustment works
- You register for Adjustment in Track. While you hunt for a new place, your original firm choice remains safe – and will do so unless you confirm you’d like to go elsewhere.
- Unlike Clearing, there’s no vacancy list for Adjustment, so you’ll need to check university websites and contact admissions offices at the university you’re interested in directly to discuss possible places. Have your personal ID number ready and tell them straight away that you're applying through Adjustment.
- You can contact any university you like if you're using Adjustment, even if it's one that didn't accept your application first time round (although there’s no guarantee they’ll have any spaces).
Switch courses: do or don't?
You’ve got a confirmed place at a university you’ve most likely visited and were excited about going to; you’ve looked into your course in detail; you’ve got your student finance and accommodation sorted...you've put in a lot of prep work to get to where you are now.
How to decide
- Chat through your options with a careers adviser or teacher.
- Go and visit the universities you’re interested in – lots have open days for the weekend right after results day. Be sure to ask lots of questions about the course.
- Ask the universities about logistics – what are your accommodation options? How do you sort out your student finance?