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  1. Adjustment
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Adjustment at City

If your results are better than you expected, you may be in a position to consider studying at City by applying through Adjustment.

The Adjustment process starts on A-level results day and runs until late August. If your results are better than expected, you can apply to City to see if you are eligible for an offer from us. We will consider students interested in Adjustment across City, should you meet the advertised entry requirements.

If you choose to register for Adjustment, your Adjustment period starts whenever your conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF) and lasts for five consecutive days. As you have a limited time to change your university choice through Adjustment, it's important to ensure you're prepared and have read the information on our website.

Am I eligible for Adjustment?

You are eligible to use Adjustment if:

  • You have paid the full application fee at UCAS and
  • Your results have exceeded the conditions of your conditional firm (CF) choice.

You are not eligible to use Adjustment if:

  • You are confirmed (UF) at your firm choice but did not exceed the conditions of your offer,
  • You have a confirmed place on a changed course offer, or
  • Your original offer was unconditional.

If you registered for Adjustment accidentally, don’t worry – as long as you don’t contact any universities about adjustment offers, your offer will still stand.

Please note that sometimes UCAS will show you adjustment options even though you are not actually eligible for adjustment. It is important that you check that you are eligible for Adjustment as this is what gives you the safety net of keeping your original Unconditional Firm choice. If you submit yourself on UCAS Track and you are not eligible, you would then need to use the Release into Clearing process to add the new offer as a Clearing offer, and would not be able to keep your previous Unconditional Firm choice.

What do I need to do?

Once you have confirmed you are eligible to use Adjustment, you should take the following steps:

  1. Register in your UCAS Track account by clicking on 'Register for Adjustment' on your 'choices' screen.
  2. Fill out City’s webform to see if you are eligible for an offer from us.
  3. If you receive an offer and are happy to accept this, please email us – make sure you mention that you want to are applying through adjustment and have completed the webform and received an offer. Please note that all offers received are subject to checks by our admissions team that you are eligible for adjustment.
  4. The admissions team will check you are eligible for an offer through Adjustment, and if you are we will accept you on to the course through UCAS.
  5. If you are accepted through Adjustment, your track screen will be updated with the new choice.
  6. If you are not accepted through Adjustment, your original Unconditional Firm offer will still stand.

If you want to know more about what the process is like, you can read about Shivani's experience of coming to City through Adjustment from The City Scoop on Medium. You can also find guidance from UCAS on adjustment on their website.

Examples of when you are eligible for Adjustment

Still uncertain whether you are eligible for Adjustment? The below examples may help you determine whether or not you have exceeded the terms of your offer.

Eligible for Adjustment

Examples of meeting & exceeding your offer - you are eligible to use Adjustment
Offer Actual grades
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 SQ 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 (IB) total 30 points including 5 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry International Baccalaureate (IB) 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

Examples provided by UCAS.

Not eligible for Adjustment

Examples of not exceeding your offer - you are not eligible to use Adjustment
Offer Actual grades
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
96 tariff points overall including C in French 112 tariff points overall including D in French
BTEC National Diploma MMM BTEC National Diploma MMP
International Baccalaureate (IB) total 30 points including 5 in Mathematics and 5 in Chemistry International Baccalaureate (IB) 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

Examples provided by UCAS.

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