A report on the BBC suggests applications could be made after getting results rather than universities making offers based on usually inaccurate predicted grades. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49071312 I'm sure this has been suggested before but it is so obviously sensible that nothing will come of it. It would help if A level results came out earlier. IB results were released over 2 weeks ago. IB exams are slightly earlier, but I'm sure it should be possible to release A level results by the end of July.