If you find that you don’t get the grades you had hoped for and need to go through Clearing, don’t panic! There’s lots of help and support on offer, from both universities and UCAS. We can bet that you won’t be the only one in that situation.
First of all you need to check UCAS Track. If you’re in Clearing you will need your Clearing number, displayed on Track, for when you are ringing universities to see if they have any vacancies. Prior to ringing a university it is a good idea to check online to see what spaces they have. You can do this by going directly onto the institutions website or via The Telegraph which lists all Clearing vacancies.
If you decide to contact a University about a Clearing vacancy, do a little research prior to calling. Have a read of what the course entails - don’t forget you will be studying this for the next 3 or 4 years, so it needs to be something you are interested in. Universities will often have a Uni Life section, so you can get a feel of what it would be like to study there. Better still, try and get a student’s perspective and see what it’s really like.
Check the entry criteria and be realistic about your grades and expectations. Universities will have trained staff on the Clearing lines so just give them a call if you have any questions about Clearing or securing your place. Always try to make the call yourself so that you can answer any questions about qualifications or why you want to study that particular course. It’s also your opportunity to ask any questions that you have.
If you have any questions about Clearing ring our Clearing hotline 01244 512 540 or 08081 44 22 49.