Everywhere you look, you read about “A -Level results day nearly here” or "SQA results out next week".

As if you need reminding; it’s been there in the back of your mind since the exams, especially the thought that you may have done a bit better than expected.

That’s great news because UCAS Adjustment can really come into its own to help you.

Results day arrives, (after you’ve been awake all night thinking about what your results may be) and the AAB grades you gain are better than the BBB grades you needed for your firm offer choice at university. 

After the initial “wowzer, that’s amazing” and instagramming your mates with celebratory pictures, you realise that with these results you could have got a place at your dream university but you never applied as you didn’t believe you’d achieve the grades they needed.

With UCAS Adjustment if you have exceeded all your grades on your firm offer, you can apply for an Adjustment up to 31 August.

This does mean exceeding all your grades, so if you were offered a place on BBB grades, you can apply for an Adjustment if you got ABB but not if you got AAC grades (as although the AA grades are better than your BB grades the C isn’t). 

Unlike Clearing there is no actual hotline you can call or course list of vacancies available for your better grades. Instead you just need to contact the Admission Department at the university directly, to see if there is still a place available on your dream course. If there is you can apply via UCAS Adjustment to change over. 

There is lots of really useful information on www.ucas.com/adjustment and a great little "How To Use UCAS Adjustment" video as well. 

Before you make a final decision, it’s a good idea to run through the following checklist: 

  • Will your dream course still have vacancies and does the university support UCAS Adjustment?
  • If you swap over from your existing firm offer will you still have to find accommodation with the new university? Ask the new university what’s still available. 
  • If your existing course had given you extra bursaries, grants, additional support etc, will your new course offer these and if not, can you afford to lose them?
  • Talk to people on your new course (online forums, social media, student union etc.) just to find out what it’s really like on that course.
  • Ask the university if you can talk to other students there who came via UCAS Adjustment so you can get a feel about how they were welcomed.
  • Ask your existing school or college if they’ve had other students go through UCAS Adjustment last year and what advice they can give you.
  • You can only have one Adjustment offer, so really be 100% sure before you make the Adjustment and accept the new offer.

You register for Adjustment and make your Adjustment course changes in UCAS Track.

From making a UCAS Adjustment request you have 5 days to accept a replacement offer (don’t worry if you don’t accept a replacement offer, you still keep your existing place on your firm offer).

It’s a brilliant service from UCAS and can really help make a fantastic difference to your uni experience.

Good Luck for A-Level Results day, I’m sure you’ve done brilliantly and Happy Adjustmenting!