If you received your A-Level or International Baccalaureate scores and they were better than expected, you may want to consider ‘upgrading’ your course or university choice based on your results.
That is where UCAS self-release (formerly UCAS Adjustment) in the UCAS Hub can help you search for alternative universities and courses that still have spaces available, allowing you to potentially switch up your application at the last moment.
Remember that the grass might not always be greener though. Before beginning this process, ensure that you take enough time to factor in where your new university choice is, if accommodation is available and if tuition fees are noticeably different.
Learn more about changing your course through UCAS Clearing below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our international team in London on 020-7287-7040 or arrange a free consultation online or in-person.
Changing your UCAS course FAQ
Am I eligible to change my UCAS course?
Any international student who has exceeded their predicted grades can apply to study a different course by self-releasing in the UCAS Hub. Once you decline your firm choice, you will be placed into UCAS Clearing. Your SI-UK consultant can assist you through this process via UCAS Track.
What is UCAS Clearing?
Clearing offers the chance to find an alternative programme to study. This can mean either cancelling a firm offer because you scored higher grades than predicted, or finding a course of study if you did not meet the entry requirements.
When can you select a new course?
If a student decides to decline their firm offer, they may self-release on A-level results day in August (or earlier for some international qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate). From this point you will be entered into Clearing.
Why was UCAS Adjustment removed?
A change in application trends saw fewer students using the service, and more choosing to self-release via the UCAS Hub.
Should I switch my course?
There is no obvious answer to this question, as every student is approaching it from a different perspective. Having worked hard to get to this point and being offered a place, it might be hasty to essentially start from step 1 again as you look to study a different programme.
For example, you may have already visited the university in question, have accommodation arranged and be ready to move to your new home. If a place on a better programme in a new town or city becomes available, should you gamble on accepting that place having never visited the institution before?
The grass is not always greener, so be sure to consider every possible scenario when contemplating a change of programme.
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This is a decision you do not have to make alone. Speak to one of our application advisors today by calling 020-7287-7040 or arranging a free consultation online or in-person.