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Achieved better grades than you were expecting? If so, you may want to consider using the UCAS Adjustment service.

This service gives students who have surpassed their predicted results the opportunity to adjust their choices, potentially securing a place at an institution with higher entry requirements. The video below will give you an overview of the process.

It's important to remember that Adjustment is entirely optional. You may have performed better than expected, but still have your heart set on the institution that you researched and selected originally. If this is the case, you can ignore Adjustment and continue with your application as planned.

When is Adjustment?

The Adjustment period starts at different times for each individual. It will either be:

  • 17 August 2017 (A level results day), or
  • when UCAS Track shows that your conditional firm (CF) offer has changed to a unconditional firm (UF) offer.

Once the above has occurred (whichever is later), you will have five calendar days to register for Adjustment and accept an alternative offer. Your UCAS Track choices page will show you exactly how long you have left until Adjustment ends.

How do I get started?

You will register for Adjustment from your UCAS Track account. Only students who have met or exceeded the grades associated with their conditional firm (CF) offer will be eligible. Once you have registered for Adjustment, you should start looking for an alternative course.

When you have found something you like, it's time to pick up the phone and talk to the admissions team at your new institution. They will tell you if they have availability and if you meet the course entry requirements. If they offer you a place, you can accept it over the phone. 

If you accepted a new offer, your UCAS Track account will be updated to reflect this change. You will also be sent a confirmation letter from UCAS.

Might I lose my existing place?

Your existing university place (UF offer) will only disappear if you accept a new course through Adjustment. If you use the Adjustment service but don't accept a new place, your previous selection will be retained.

Get in touch 

For help with any of the above, or to enquire about securing a place here at Solent, please don't hesitate to contact our admissions team. You can email them at, or call them on 023 8201 5066.

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