Information on Adjustment

What is Adjustment?

Adjustment is for students who have met and exceeded the conditions of their firm conditional choice.

This process allows students that have surpassed their expectations to reconsider their university choice without losing their existing place. It allows students to contact other universities that they may prefer to study at to see if they have any places available. If there are no places available, their existing place is not compromised.

Adjustment does not apply for students who have an unconditional firm choice.

Students can only apply for one place in Adjustment. If you choose to accept an offer they are committed to it.


What does 'meeting and exceeding' mean?

To 'meet and exceed', a student has to

  1. meet the minimum requirements of allelements of the conditions and
  2. exceed at least one element*

*Notes:

If a particular grade has been requested from a particular subject as part of the requirements, the student may be expected to exceed the grade in that subject, even if they have surpassed other elements of the condition. This decision will be at the discretion of the university offering the Adjustment place.

If you are studying more qualifications than is needed to meet the conditions, those extra qualifications do not count.

Some examples

Conditions of offer

Actual grades achieved

Eligible for Adjustment?

ABB

ABB

No. Has met the minimum of all elements but not exceeded any

ABB

AAB

Yes. Has met the minimum of all elements and exceeded one

ABB

AAC

No. Did not meet the minimum requirements  of all elements

 

Conditions of offer

Actual grades achieved

Eligible for Adjustment?

240 tariff points (B in History)

280 tariff points (C in History)

No. Did not meet the minimum requirements of all elements)

ABB (B in History)

AAB (B in History)

Unsure. Although they have met all the minimum requirements and exceeded one, they did not exceed the grade in the specified subject. It would be at the discretion of the universities as to whether they would accept this as having exceeded and being eligible for Adjustment.

ABB (B in History)

AAB (A in History)

Yes. Met the minimum requirements of all elements and exceeded one

 

Conditions of offer

Actual grades achieved

Eligible for Adjustment?

AA

AAA

No. Treated as met but not exceeding. University only expected results from 2 qualifications, the 3rd does not count.

DMM

DMM + B at AS

No. As per above AS was not included in conditions, therefore does not count

DMM + B at AS

DDM + B at AS

Unsure. Although they have met the minimum requirements of all elements and exceeded one, they did not exceed the grade specified at AS. It would be at the discretion of the universities as to whether they would accept this as having exceeded and being eligible for Adjustment.

 

Am I eligible to use Adjustment?

If your original firm choice was a conditional offer, and you met and exceeded the conditions of your offer, you should be eligible.

 

How long do I have to look for a place in Adjustment?

The general Adjustment window starts on A level results day and ends on 31st August. However, you will only have a specific five day period within this window that you will able to use it (five 24 hour periods, including weekends)

The five day period* starts from when your current conditional firm offer changes to unconditional firm in Track, or on A level results day (whichever is later).

*The Adjustment 'window' in general ends on 31st August, so if your offer changes to unconditional firm less than 5 days before this, then you will have less than 5 days to use it.

How do I search for vacancies in Adjustment?

There is no vacancy list for Adjustment. You simply need to contact any universities you are interested in to ask if they have any possible vacancies. Even universities that said they were full previously, may now have spaces to fill eg some students may not have met their conditions and been refused a place.

How do I apply to use Adjustment?

Step 1

Click on 'Register for Adjustment' on the choices screen in Track.

Step 2

 Have your personal ID to hand as this will be needed to quote.

Step 3

Contact universities and tell them you are interested in applying through Adjustment - they will need your personal ID to be able to view your application.

Step 4

The university will check you have met and exceeded your conditions (remember, if you contact them on results day, there could be a short delay while your application is updated).

Step 5

 If a university offers you a place over the phone, you just need to let them know if you would like to accept it. Remember, you can only have one Adjustment offer and if you accept it, you are committing to it and will lose your other confirmed place.

Step 6

Once you have verbally accepted an offer, the university will update your UCAS Track screen and UCAS will send you a confirmation letter. If you have not accepted a place by the end of your Adjustment period, you will simply keep your original place.

 

You have registered for Adjustment in error

Don't worry - as long as you don't contact any other universities about applying through Adjustment, you'll remain with your existing firm choice. After the five day period has finished, any Adjustment information in Track will disappear.