Find out why predicted grades matter, and what you can do if yours aren’t what you hoped.
Why your predicted grades matter
Your predicted grades are a big part of your university application. They show the universities you to how academically capable you are, and whether you are likely to receive your entry requirements. Predicted grades are particularly important if you are not taking AS levels.
However, your predicted grades aren’t only useful for your UCAS form. They’re also a valuable way to measure the progress you are making in your studies.
What to do if your predicted grades aren’t high enough
If your predicted grades are lower than you need for the university course you are interested in, don’t give up. There are plenty of things you can do to deal with the problem:
- Talk to your teachers or tutors about what you can do to improve your predicted grades. They’re unlikely to bump your grades up just because you ask – and if they did, you’d be risking disappointment on results day. But they might be able to suggest a study plan or other opportunity that could help to improve your grades.
- Consider alternative courses. There are lots of good courses that don’t require top grades, so getting too fixed on one or two possibilities can mean missing out on a great opportunity. Make sure you have a backup plan for if you don’t get your first choice.
- Think about the rest of your application. Your predicted grades aren’t the only thing that universities will look at, so building up your application in other ways can help.
- Check the average grades that people on the course you are interested in get. These won’t always be the same as the average offer, or the listed entry requirements. You can check the details at Which? University.
- Remember, there are extra options if you get higher grades than predicted. You may be able to find an alternative course through adjustment, or take a gap year and reapply.
Alternatives to predicted grades
Predicted grades are useful, but they aren’t the only way to keep track of your progress. To see how well you are doing, you can:
- Review the marks you are getting in your classes and look for your strengths and weaknesses.
- Ask your teachers or tutors their opinion: they may be able to spot opportunities fos improvement that you can’t.
- Do practice exam papers, at home or in school or college. This is most useful if someone is willing to mark your practice papers for you, so talk to your teachers and tutors to see if they will do this.