Topic: Order of preference

Our helpdesk team answer your questions on order of preference


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Q: Hello, I received my third choice buy would actaully prefer my fourth. what happens if i dont accept my third and wait to possibly get my fourth in the next round? is this a mad idea? Help needed!!

Once you received your 3rd choice today, effectively all your choices below this are now gone. The only possibility of you getting any further offers are for your 2nd or 1st choice courses only. So you should accept your 3rd preference today as there is no guarantee you will get any further offers and could be left with nothing.

Q: I have been offered my first choice but I really want my third choice level 8, should I refuse my first two choice’s or could that mean I may not be offered my third choice?

If you refuse your first choice you will not get offered your third choice. The only way you would get your third choice would be that if you did not have enough points for your first and second choice, provided that higher points were needed for these two.

If course 3 is at the same college as your offer today you could see if your college offers a transfer service.

Q: If I accept my number one level seven course tomorrow, can I still be offered one of my level eight courses in round two? Eg if i’m offered my second choice in level eight in round two but I’ve already accepted my number one choice in level seven?

Yes. Eg. if you are offered your level 6/7 1st preference and your level 8 7th preference in round one and you accept your level 6/7 1st preference then in the next rounds you will remain in the running for everything above your 7th preference in your level 8 list.

Q: If I am offered my 4th choice can I decline and be offered my 5th in the next round?

No. You can always hope to move up your order of preference list but you can never move down. In your case everything below your 4th preference is now effectively gone.

Q: I was offered a level 7 and no level 8. In order to be eligible for level 8 in 2nd round must I first deline my first round offer. If I accept my level 7 can I still be eligible for an offer on Level 8 course in 2nd round

Yes whether you accept or reject your level 7 you will still be eligible for ann offer on level 8 courses in round 2.

Good luck.

Q: If i accept the level 8 course that i got offered now, will i get a level 8 offer again in round 2???

It is possible if the other level 8s are above the one you have just been offered, however there is no guarantee that you will get any other offer. Read some of the other questions for more answers similar to this.

Q: I missed my first choice by 5 points, if I accept my 2nd choice could I still be offered my 1st choice in the second round offers?

The answer to this is yes.

Q: What happens if I want to take my third choice and not my first. I will just equal the points needed for my 2nd choice so if theses were to go up. Would I then be offered my 3rd choice even though it’s a different College than my first choice?

Have you received an offer yet today?

If you do not have suffiecient points for your first and second choice you will be offered your third.

Howvever, if you have the required points for your first or second choice you will no longer be offered any course preference below this.

Good luck

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