A quick guide to Adjustment
- Applicants who have met and exceeded the conditions of their conditional firm offer and have been accepted on that course are eligible to enter an Adjustment period.
- Adjustment allows applicants to look for a different course while still holding their confirmed place.
- Applicants who enter Adjustment, but do not find a new institution, keep their place at their original firm choice.
The Adjustment period
- Adjustment is available from A level results day (14 August for 2014) until 31 August.
- An applicant's individual Adjustment period starts when their conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF) or 14 August, whichever is the later.
- From this time they have a maximum of five calendar days (five 24 hour periods) to register and secure an alternative course, if they decide this is what they want to do.
If they want to try to find an alternative course, applicants must register to use Adjustment so universities and colleges can view their application.
The Track 'Choices' page shows when an applicant's Adjustment period ends. If they become eligible to use Adjustment less than five calendar days before 31 August, they will have the remaining time before then to find an alternative place and have it confirmed by the course provider. For example, if they become UF on 29 August they will have three days to use the process.
- Applicants have results that have met and exceeded the conditions of their conditional firm (CF) choice
- had their offer confirmed
- paid the full application fee.
If they have paid the single application fee and want to use Adjustment, they need to pay an additional £11 to register to use Adjustment.
Your role in checking eligibility
Only those applicants who have met and exceeded their original CF offer are eligible to use Adjustment. It is your responsibility to check that an applicant is eligible.
Applicants are not eligible to use Adjustment if:
- they are confirmed (UF) at their firm choice but did not exceed the conditions of the offer
- they have a confirmed place on a changed course offer
- their original offer was unconditional.
Applicants are not allowed to adjust their insurance choice.
The following examples of meeting and exceeding the conditions of the original CF offer illustrate whether or not an applicant can be considered for an Adjustment place.
Meeting and exceeding – eligible to be considered for an Adjustment place:
|A level AAB||A level AAA|
|A level CCD (C in Chemistry)||A level ACD (A in Chemistry)|
|A level ABB (B in History)||A level ABB (A in History)|
|SQA Higher BCC||SQA Higher ABC|
|SQA Higher BBC (C in Chemistry)||SQA Higher ABC (B in Chemistry)|
|SQA Adv Higher D in Italian||SQA Adv Higher B in Italian|
|International Baccalaureate total 30 points including 5 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry||International Baccalaureate total 30 points including 6 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level) grade B in Mathematics and Grades BCC||Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level) grade B in Mathematics and Grades ABC|
Not meeting and exceeding – not eligible to be considered for an Adjustment place:
|A level CCD (C in Chemistry)||A level BCD (D in Chemistry)|
|A level AA||A level AAA|
|A level BBC||A level BBCC|
|SQA Higher CCC||SQA Higher BCD|
|240 Tariff points overall including C in French||280 Tariff points overall including D in French|
|BTEC National Diploma MMM||BTEC National Diploma MMP|
|International Baccalaureate total 30 points including 5 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry||International Baccalaureate total 32 points including 4 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level) grade B in Mathematics and Grades BCC||Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level) grade C in Mathematics and Grades ACC|
How the process works
- Applicant registers in Track to use Adjustment.
- Applicant contacts course providers to find another place.
- Provider checks the conditions of their UF offer in web-link.
- Provider must make sure that applicant understands the implications of changing their choice at this stage.
- Provider offers the applicant a place.
- Applicant accepts offer with one course provider.
- Provider must be satisfied that applicant has accepted their offer and is aware that they can't accept any other offer.
- Provider enters an Adjustment Acceptance in web-link (UF).
- UCAS sends applicant Confirmation letter.
- Applicant views acceptance in Track and responds to the Confirmation letter if required.
To help applicants use Adjustment, you should be open and transparent on your website about:
- potential Adjustment vacancies (particularly as there are no published Adjustment vacancy lists)
- how accommodation is allocated
- bursary and scholarship entitlement.
web-link management lists
To help you identify applicants who you may lose or gain in Adjustment, web-link has three management lists:
- Applicants – UF registered for Adjustment.
- Applicants – Placed elsewhere in Adjustment.
- Applicants – Acquired through Adjustment.