Are A-level grade requirements set in stone?

Not necessarily! (Although see university courses requiring specific A level subjects or grades.)

  • Some courses may be asking for AAB and that will be the absolute minimum they will consider when you get your results.
  • Some will be looking for those grades or equivalent – so an alternative set of grades like A*AC may suffice.
  • On the other hand, a university might ask for BBC or 280 Ucas tariff points but be far more flexible when results come out, letting in people on the course with sometimes far lower grades.

Generally speaking, however, entry requirements will form the basis of your application and you should therefore bear these in mind when considering A level choices.

Results day

Come results day, you may find that you narrowly missed out the grades you needed to get onto the university courses you applied to. Don't despair!

  • There is still a chance that university will accept you if you only just missed these grades.
  • It's best to contact them ASAP on results day to find out if they will still accept you. If not, you can still apply to a different course through clearing.
  • Read advice for results day, and UCAS clearing.
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Don't leave making your decision to
the last minute!


Don't leave your decision until the last minute!

  • Start researching your course and university options as early as possible during year 11, and definitely before your GCSE revision takes over.
  • Each school and college will have different deadlines. Some will ask for some A level choices before Easter, so that they can work on timetabling for years 12 and 13.

Don't worry! Often there is room for manoeuvre after your GSCE results.

  • Check with your school to see what arrangements are in place if you have a change of heart if your results are not as expected.