Applying to university is a stressful and nerve-wracking time for everyone involved. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and your child could find that their UCAS predicted grades are lower than those asked for by their preferred universities. In this article, we’ll tell you what you can do as a parent to support your kid through this challenging time.
What to do if your child’s predicted grades are lower than those requested by their preferred university
Firstly - don’t panic! There are plenty of things you can do to support your child and help them navigate this big step into the next stage of their lives.
The most important thing is your child knows you are there to help them and that you’ll support them no matter what. Even though they’re almost adults, your children will still turn to you for guidance 🧭 and, most importantly, reassurance in this stressful situation, but you may feel a little out of your depth.
Outlined below are a few of the most common questions you’ll likely be asking at this point, as well as answers to help guide you through this process.
Can you get into university with lower grades than required?
Yes, it is possible to get into university even if the grades are lower than what the university requests.
If your child has their heart set on a university or course, nothing should stop them from trying to get in. Their personal statement can go a long way at this stage, giving them the chance to impress with their passion for the chosen course or field of study. 🔥
All applications are reviewed on an individual basis, so every part of it goes towards the university or college’s ultimate decision.
Do predicted grades have to match entry requirements?
Your child’s predicted grades don’t have to match entry requirements. If their predicted grades are lower than expected, stay calm. 🧘 Keep in mind that predicted grades aren’t always correct, and your child could find that they achieve above and beyond what was expected.
Predicted grades that are lower than the entry requirements set by your child’s chosen universities shouldn’t stop them from applying to those institutions.
Can UCAS predicted grades be changed?
Teachers cannot change predicted grades on request. If your child shows significant improvement over a term they might be able to update them but it is unlikely.
Instead, we recommend that you talk to the teacher about all of the different options available for your child. It is crucial to include your child in these conversations, as there may be opportunities that they have never considered.
It’s smart to prepare your child ahead of time for the importance of their schoolwork 📚 and upcoming exams that will determine their grades. Teach them some excellent study methods, help them improve their ability to retain information, and support them in preparing for their GCSEs. Alternatively, a tutor is a great way to help students improve their predicted grades.
What if my child applies to their first and second choices and doesn't get into either of them?
If your child finds themselves in this situation, try your best to support them through it. After the initial disappointment, it is important that your child gets online and starts looking at courses available through clearing. UCAS has plenty of resources on this, as well as the universities themselves.
Clearing is the process where leftover spaces on courses are filled by students who didn’t necessarily meet the initial requirements. It can be a stressful process which takes a couple of days but it’s important to explore every option you can - there’s no need to jump at the first place that’s offered. Every university you call will likely be thrilled to help and will give the best advice they can to your child.
The most important thing is that your child feels that you will support them 🙌 no matter which way things go. At the end of the day, predicted grades are only a guideline and they are just a part of your child’s university application.
Choosing a university or college is one of the first big decisions children have to make and they are constantly reminded that it could affect the rest of their lives. Listen to their worries and remind them that while lower predicted grades could feel like the end of their chances, it is only the beginning of their journey.
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