1 – Know What Adjustment Is and Is Not
Adjustment is an option to find alternative courses that you can apply for if you have achieved the results needed. It is a great way to see what your options are and will allow you to reconsider your course choices and university choice should you want to.
It is a voluntary process that you can undertake and is known for being incredibly competitive as other candidates may also be checking out the options open to them. However, it is not a process that leaves you without a course as you keep your current offer until you accept a new one. The best advice is to log in to the system as soon as you can from results day so that you have the most extensive range of course options to consider.
2 – Have the Adjustment Opening Date in Your Diary
As Adjustment is so popular, you must have the date in your diary! Adjustment opens on A-Level results day each year and closes on the 1st of September. If you are studying a course other than A-Levels and have your results before A-Level results day, then you can pre-register for Adjustment with A-Level candidates but will not gain access to the system until the official opening date.
As with the whole application process, Adjustment is time-sensitive, and so it is essential to be aware of the constraints on you when entering this process. Once you have registered for Adjustment in your UCAS Track area, you will need to wait until you have your results. Then you will have five periods of twenty-four hours in which you can use the system to look for more course. This time starts from the time your conditional change to an unconditional firm offer, once the five days of your firm offer have passed, you will not be able to continue to use Adjustment.
3- Get In Touch With Universities That Interest You
The earlier you can log in to Adjustment the better as there is no vacancy list for you to look at. It is wise to have some idea of the courses, subjects and universities you want to look at before you get in touch with placements. Doing this prep work will allow you to streamline and get in touch with the right universities from the start.
When you are ready to contact universities, you will need to call the admissions office and explain that you are taking part in the Adjustment process. They will take a look at your results and the course entry requirements before confirming if there are any vacancies for the courses you are interested in. If you are not sure whether you want to undertake the course they offer, then do not agree to a placement; wait until you are absolutely sure that you have found the right course.
4 – Accept Your New Offer and Prepare for University!
When you find a course you want and are given an offer by the admissions office over the phone then you can verbally accept it, the admissions team will be able to answer any questions that you may have before you agree to the placement. Hence, it is essential to ask everything you want to know. Remember that Adjustment only allows you to have one offer and so you must be absolutely sure before accepting an offer.
After you accept your offer, you can expect your application screen to be updated on the UCAS website, and you should also receive your official confirmation of offer letter. Then it is time to celebrate and prepare to head off to university!
Your time at university should be the best days of your life, so it is vital to take the time to find the right course to fit your academic goals. If you want more hints and tips on the journey to university, then check out our website where you will find a wealth of information and resources.