Adjustment is a chance for students to reconsider where and what they study at university.
Not to be confused with Clearing, Ucas Adjustment is there if you’ve got an unconditional offer once you’ve met or exceeded your expected exam results. You then have the opportunity to shop around for a different course.
However, the idea of using Adjustment can make students nervous, with some fearing that they’ll end up without a place at all.
But the process is a lot more straightforward than some might think, and last year 890 people successfully found a new course through Adjustment.
Speaking to The Telegraph, a Ucas spokesperson said: “If you have done better than you expected, Adjustment is a fantastic service to use.
“It lets you hold on to your original, confirmed place for five days while you explore alternatives giving you plenty of time to research your options, and think about other important factors, like accommodation.”
If you’re not sure whether your chosen course is the right one for you, it might be worth a look.
How does Adjustment work?
You need to register for Adjustment on Track, and it’s available from A level results day (16 August 2018), until 31 August.
However, once you’ve registered you have to move quickly. You will only have five 24-hour periods (including weekends) to use Adjustment, starting from when your conditional firm offer changes to unconditional firm, or else on A level publication day – whichever is the later. Popular courses will also fill up quickly, so strike while the iron is hot.
How do I find out about available courses?
Similarly to Clearing, the onus is on you to do the research. There’s no vacancy list for Adjustment, so make a list of the places and courses you’re interested in and call up their Admissions department.