Revised grades and how we can help

The University of Sussex is working hard to support all students during this difficult and confusing time, whether you are an existing offer holder or you are applying through Clearing. Find out more below.

We want to reassure students that if your revised grades meet our thresholds for your original course, we will accept you.

Original allocated grades

We have already applied additional flexibility this Summer to the examination results to try and help ensure you are not disadvantaged. We fully understand why some students feel disappointed with the results they were initially awarded this year and are pleased steps have been taken to review and revise grades.

We realise some students with vocational qualifications are still awaiting results and we will continue to support these students and are holding places for them.

Through the Confirmation and Clearing process we have been seeking to support students who didn’t receive the results they were expecting and we still have places available in Clearing.

Changes to your calculated grades

Following the Government’s announcement about the awarding of Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs), we have now received revised A-level grades from UCAS.

We would encourage you to phone us to speak to a member of the Admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances so that we can advise you. Please phone us on: +44 (0) 1273 678416.

If you’ve accepted a place on our Foundation year, but your revised grades meet our first year requirements, we’ll switch you back to Year 1 entry for your original course.

If you have been placed at another university, we will work with you and UCAS to facilitate you moving back to Sussex.


If you have questions, please phone us to speak to a member of the Admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances so that we can advise you. Please phone us on +44 (0) 1273 678416. Our phonelines and email accounts are extremely busy. Thank you for your patience.

Considering deferrals

As you prepare to join Sussex in September, you’ll find all the information you need about what it will be like to study on our campus in 2020 on our website.

Remember that if you defer to 2021, but then change your mind, and want to start this year, this could be problematic if there is no longer space on your course. If after careful consideration you would like to request to defer your start date to September 2021, please email us on:

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

As of today BSMS will honour all places that were confirmed based on the original calculated grades published on 13th August – we will not review or withdraw any places that have been confirmed to date.

BSMS intends to honour offers that are subsequently achieved by the use of centre assessed grades (CAG), BSMS will use official CAGs from your school or college if they can provide them rather than waiting for UCAS (it will need to be in an official format from your school – sent to If the total number of eligible applicants exceeds our capacity some applicants will be offered deferred places for 2021.

We recognise this remains a very anxious time for many of our applicants and we will update information as soon as we are able to, as well as striving to respond to individual queries at the earliest opportunity.

What’s happening in September 2020?

We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of students to our campus and accommodation during Welcome Weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 September 2020).

The health and safety of our students and staff is our main priority, which means there will be remote learning where necessary, and social distancing measures in place on campus.

Please read the latest information for applicants and those thinking of applying.

Contact us

If you have questions about your application, please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1273 678416 or email

Here are other contact details which may be useful: