Students in Lecture

What if your predicted grades are different from your results?

Predicted grades are a key part of applying to University but what happens if your results are different?

According to UCAS, there are many challenges faced by teachers and advisors when predicting grades – but there are also underlying principles that should be adhered to. 

But with predicted grades being required so far in advance (it’s almost a year in advance for applicants to Medicine) they cannot possibly take every eventuality into account.  There could have been changes at home or school that affected your learning – such as financial worries or the loss of a loved one.  Or at the other end of the scale, there could have been new teacher who sparked renewed interest or you could have made extra time to study harder. 

If your results are lower than anticipated

Don’t panic! If your results are lower than predicted, it’s not the end of the road. We’ll consider your results in light of the results of all of this year’s applicants and taking into account the places available on the course. We’ll also go back through your original application and we can chat through anything that affected your exams. 

It may be the case that another of our courses will suit you better – for example, if you did better in Chemistry than Biology then Biochemistry or Medical Pharmacology might suit you better than Medical Genetics. 

We also have an excellent Foundation Year in Applied Medical Sciences, which will give you the key knowledge and skills to progress to a BSc degree in just a year’s time. 

If you exceed expectations

We’ve all heard of Clearing, but what about Adjustment? Adjustment is the name for the process of upgrading your course. 

According to UCAS: “Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you've had a conditional firm choice accepted – and therefore made into an unconditional firm choice – you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer”

We have lots of options for applicants with higher grades. Our 4 year MSci degrees are advanced undergraduate degrees, adding a further research-focused year to a 3 year BSc. They give an in-depth knowledge of your subject area plus specialist training in a broad range of laboratory techniques before spending a year developing an extended, research project.

If you Missed out on Medicine

Missing out on your undergraduate medicine place may feel like the end of the world but we can assure you that it’s not. You won’t be alone in this situation and there are plenty of options available to you.

While it is unlikely Medicine spaces will be available during Clearing - as most medical schools run their own waiting lists throughout the cycle – there are alternative pathways to medicine at Swansea University Medical School.

Each of our 6 Pathway Degrees offer graduates a guaranteed interview for Graduate Entry Medicine.