Do post a level applicants receive quicker offers?
tyunnos · 16/11/2017 14:47
Do they get processed more quickly due to the removal of any doubt around the notoriously unreliable predictions, or are they treated in exactly the same way?
To be specific, we are talking Durham, St Andrews, Edinburgh
Waitingforsherlock · 18/11/2017 07:34
Hi tyunnos, my ds applied to those three last year with results. Application went in before Christmas and he heard from St Andrews first with a no. Got an alternative offer from Durham, prob in March I think, an offer from Edinburgh soon after. I felt sure that they would treat them differently but it didn't seem to work that way. Same wait as everyone else I'm afraid but it was for a very competitive subject. HTH.
tyunnos · 18/11/2017 08:31
Thank you for your reply! Seems like she’ll have to wait like everyone else then! Hope all is fine with your DS this year
BasiliskStare · 18/11/2017 14:10
I know of someone who applied to UCL ( so not one of your choices but in case it helps ) post A levels - he heard about the same time of year as DS who applied pre results. I am sure you ( DC) would like to know , but I think no need to worry just yet !
LegallyBrunet · 23/11/2017 16:42
I applied with A-Level results to Durham in January this year and got offered an alternative course from them at the end of April.
choirmumoftwo · 24/11/2017 18:43
DS applied post A level in mid-September and has all 5 offers. None of his choices are the ones you've mentioned though.
LadyinCement · 25/11/2017 17:08
Ds applied post A Level to places including Durham and St Andrews. Everyone gave an offer about five minutes after he pressed "send" but Durham brought up the rear some months later.
RaindropsAndSparkles · 06/12/2017 03:26
This is interesting. DD is doing similar with three A*s. Leeds, Nottingham and KCL came back pretty much by return. She's had her Cambridge interview and still waiting for Durham.
As far as I know Durham take longer. I wonder if they wait until mid Jan to see who slips off UCAS by accepting unconditionals from Oxbridge.
Needmoresleep · 06/12/2017 13:53
Rainbows, I suspect it is more that they wait till mid-January to see who has applied. They have a legal and UCAS obligation to treat all EU applicants who apply before the January deadline equally. So competitive courses at Durham, UCL, Warwick, Bristol, LSE etc will want to see who has applied before ranking them. Particularly when EU numbers are so unpredictable.
As people firm Oxbridge and other Universities, places open up. But it can be a slow process. Both DC were waiting till mid March for three of their choices (economics and medicine) both with A* predictions. One got one, the other two, so a sort of 50% ratio.
The Student Room can be helpful in reassuring an applicant that they are far from alone.
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