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Adjustment information

Adjustment is the process that provides applicants who met and exceeded the conditions of their firm choice the opportunity to reconsider where and what to study. It allows applicants to find a course at a different institution while still holding their confirmed place. Applicants who enter Adjustment, but do not find a new institution, keep their place at their original firm choice institution.

Through Adjustment, you can make a further application and still hold on to your original firm choice.

The Adjustment period

Adjustment is available from A level results day, Thursday 17 August until Wednesday 30 August. The Adjustment period starts when your conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF) or 17 August, whichever is the later.

From this time you have a maximum of five calendar days (five 24 hour periods) to register and secure an alternative course.

If you want to try to find an alternative course, you must register to use Adjustment so universities and colleges can view your application.

The Track 'Choices' page shows when your Adjustment period ends.

If you become eligible to use Adjustment less than five calendar days before 30 August, you will have the remaining time before then to find an alternative place and have it confirmed by the course provider. For example, if you become UF on 28 August you will have three days to use the process.


The following conditions apply for you to be eligible:

  • results have met and exceeded the conditions of the conditional firm (CF) choice
  • the offer has been confirmed
  • paid full application fee.

Applicants via Adjustment

If you are eligible for adjustment please contact our enquiry line to discuss course(s) of interest as we do not publish vacancies for Adjustment.

If a single application fee has been paid, an additional £11 must be paid to register for Adjustment.

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Adjustment enquiries

Should you wish to discuss Adjustment please call our enquiry line and key '1' for Adjustment and Clearing.

Enquiry line: +44 (0)28 7028 7028 (or +44 28 7028 7028 from the Republic of Ireland).

Please have your UCAS Personal ID number to hand when you call.

The UCAS Adjustment website provides information and facts about Adjustment and how to make best use of this process.