Vivienne Durham: Firmly accept one of your offers, you can always decline it in August
I am assuming that you are currently in the middle of A-level examinations? As you know, achieving the best possible A-level grades this summer needs to be your priority.
Russell Group universities frequently require A* grades for very popular subjects, such as English, plus at least two or more A* or A grades at A-level. Very good GCSE grades will also form an important part of the Ucas tariff for highly selective universities, such as those in the Russell Group.
Clearing is a wonderful opportunity to find a university course that you had not initially considered. However, the most over-subscribed courses, such as English, will not appear in Clearing, because they have a waiting list already.
For similar reasons, some Russell Group universities, plus Oxford and Cambridge Universities, don’t take part in Clearing at all.