Just a quick question on behalf of my brother who's applying to uni. I understand the process works by first choosing at most 5 universities to apply to. They will then either accept or reject you. From those that accept you, you can choose 2 offers; a firm offer (i.e. your first choice) and an insurance offer (i.e. your backup). That I understand. But my question relates to the insurance offer. Is there any disadvantage of picking your most 'likely' university as an insurance offer, and putting a 'bonus' university as your first choice? (If that makes any sense) For example, Say he is likely to get 300 ucas points. 1 university requires 340, but 1 requires 280. He would put the 340 uni as his firm, even though he's unlikely to get it, but he puts the 280 as his insurance offer, even though this is the most probably outcome. Is there any disadvantage of being accepted by your insurance offer? For example, are you less likely to be chosen because they were only his insurance choice, or perhaps they're over-subscribed so only take those who applied with that uni as a firm choice? Obviously there's the risk of mssing out completely but that's ok. Thanks for any help.