Universities look at your predicted grades and exam results to assess whether you should be given a place on their courses. If you achieve the grades needed for your first choice, great, you’re in! If not, you may end up at your insurance choice, or perhaps you need to go through clearing. Either way, you need to be prepared, so you can act quickly on results day.
What grades do I need?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as entry requirements will vary between universities and courses. Some will require three A grades, whereas some will be more likely to accept three C grades. Always check with the university to which you are applying, to see what they are looking for.
Of course, the best thing to do would be to study hard and try to achieve high grades, so then you are much likely to get into any university you apply to. Just because your course lets you in with CCC, doesn’t mean you can take your foot off the gas.
While it’s always good to aim high, be sensible too. If you are predicted CCC, don’t apply to universities all asking for AAA, because you are likely to be rejected. You can still pick unis with high entry requirements, but you need to acknowledge that you are unlikely to be accepted, and choose some places with lower entry requirements in your list of five.
Got my grades, now what?
Now that you’ve received your final grades, you’ll know whether you have got into your first choice university or not.
You’ll have to choose between the offers that you have, provided that your grades met the conditions of your offer.
You are able to accept offers through your UCAS application online, so there’s no need to stress about anything.
What if I don’t get the grades I need?
If you don’t get the grades that you needed, then don’t get too upset. You may need to change your plans, but the first thing you should do is check with your chosen university, as they may still accept you onto the course.
Should they decide not to accept you, then it may be time for you to check for courses available through clearing. There is a good chance that your chosen course is still available, albeit at a different university. Do not dismiss these opportunities as they may be your best chance to earn the career that you had wanted.
Clearing availabilities will be online on Results Day, so check these as quickly as possible and call the universities to find out more.