Securing her dream university through UCAS Adjustment

– Tanya, University of Warwick

Tanya wanted to study politics and international relations in the UK, and applied to the Universities of Warwick, Nottingham, Exeter, Bath and Queen Mary. A well-rounded student – good at academics, strong personal statement, internship and volunteering experience, and extra-curricular activities relevant to her course – she received conditional offers from five universities, including from her dream university, University of Warwick.  

But Tanya was worried about her exam results and unsure of meeting Warwick’s IB requirement of 38 points; instead, she chose Exeter as her firm offer as it required an IB score of 36.

Her fears were put to rest on results day – she secured a fantastic score of 42! With these results, Tanya wanted to explore upgrading her university choice to Warwick. With The Red Pen’s help, Tanya registered through UCAS adjustment, a service that allows students who have exceeded the conditions of their firm choice to swap their place for another course or university.

After multiple calls, she was successful at securing an offer from Warwick! What really helped Tanya with facilitating the swap was timely communication. If you are considering UCAS adjustment and your international exam results are released before A-Level results are announced, it is important to get in touch with the university you wish to upgrade to as soon as the adjustment process opens up and provide them with a background on your situation so that they are in a position to offer a decision on A-level results day.

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?