54% of students with a conditional offer from a university aren't prepared for the possibility that they might miss out on their first and second choice places, a new study has revealed.
The survey of 1,000 A-level students by Which? University also found:
- Only 48% are confident they'll get the grades they need for their first choice.
- 28% haven't thought about what they'll do if they miss their first choice.
- 70% haven't researched clearing.
- 83% of those surveyed have a second, insurance choice as a back up, but 40% of those don't actually want to go to their back-up and for 23%, the grades for their insurance choice are the same as or higher than those for their preferred course.
A record number of sixth-formers, 34.8%, applied for university this year, but an estimated 30% of students will miss out on their first choice place.
Didn't get the grades you were expecting? You can still apply for university courses through a process called 'clearing'.
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