20th October is your ultimate deadline for those determined to attend university this academic year 2015-2016. This would be the last day for you to make UCAS Clearing Choices and for unis to make decisions.
UCAS Clearing Choices Advice
We at Essay Writer have been posting very vital info and tips so students can secure college spots this year. By now, you must have already submitted your choices via Clearing and awaiting offers from the uni. On the other hand, you may already be contemplating if you want to accept the one offered to you. Remember that you only have one day left to make a decision, which is not a very long time. You also do not have a lot of institutions to choose from since the autumn term has already begun.
If you are flexible and your main goal is to find any uni spot, we suggest making a decision now. Spots are getting filled literally by the minute. Add the Clearing choice as soon as you spoke with the admissions tutor and received a verbal confirmation. On the other hand, if you couldn’t get any offers after the deadline, you should rethink your goals this year. This also applies when you are not interested in the offers you have received.
Perhaps it would be better if you take a gap year and submit your applications for 2017 on time. It may sound disheartening but you don’t want to choose a uni or course that you don’t really like. You might end up regretting this decision and waste time, effort and money. Don’t worry, taking a gap year won’t ruin your future applications. In fact, experts say that this may even provide benefits. For instance, you may apply to a competitive course during a gap year and find yourself in a stronger position. This is especially true if you have high qualifications and good grades. Make sure you spend the year wisely by gaining relevant experience related to your chosen course next year.
UCAS Tariff Change for 2017
UCAS will be using a new tariff for 2017 entry. The reason behind the change was both the range of applicant qualifications and the variety of progression routes increased. The 2001 tariff has been reviewed in 2012 and it recognised the needs of admissions teams. The information colleges/unis, advisers and students needed regarding qualifications to facilitate admission to higher education has been identified. In 2014, the board agreed to implement it in the 2017 entry admissions cycle.
According to UCAS, the changes to the new tariff points are:
- The new UCAS Tariff points are based on a different methodology to the current Tariff.
- A key principle of the new UCAS Tariff is consistency and we have tried to ensure minimal disruption.
- All Level 3/SCQF Level 6 qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system.
- The AS has been repositioned as 40% of an A level in light of the qualification regulators’ statements regarding the standard of the AS.
UCAS head Margaret Farragher assures students that the changed points would not make any difference to their applications.