A Guide To UCAS Clearing

July 22nd, 2011 → 1:58 pm @ // 2 Comments

Exam Results

For those of you who are waiting on your A-Level results, the summer can be a stressful time of year. Especially if you’re relying on them to get to your chosen University. It can even make you as anxious as the exams themselves! The important thing to remember is that you can’t ‘do’ anything until you get your results and even if they’re not what you had hoped for, you always have options.

What is Clearing?

The process of clearing is a case of matching students who haven’t managed to secure a place at university with those Universities which still have places on their courses available.

To be eligible for clearing you need to meet any of the following requirements.

  • You have not received any offers.
  • You have declined all your offers or not responded by the due date.
  • Your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions (eg you have not achieved the required grades).
  • You have declined a changed course, a changed date of entry and/or changed point of entry offer.
  • You applied for one course which has been declined/unsuccessful and you have paid the full application fee (£21 for 2011).
  • You apply after June 30th. Applications after this date automatically go through clearing.

This means you’re still in with a chance of getting to the university you want to go to or the course you wanted to do. You just might be at the same course in a different uni of at your chosen uni on a slightly different course. If you expand your outlook a bit you can still ultimately end up doing what you want.

Clearing might even introduce you to something which you’d never considered that might just be your calling. If you are set on a specific course at your dream university you can think about holding back a year and resitting your exams to boost your chances. Just remember, the competition gets harder every year and you’ll be a year older (and wiser!) when you do get there.

The clearing process isn’t just a second chance for those unfortunate students, it can also be used an opportunity for students who got much better grades than they expected to explore courses with a higher entry level, or those which are more in demand.

The best thing you can so it to keep yourself informed of what your options are. If you haven’t already, start working on a plan-b and what to do in the worse case scenario. Like I said, you can’t ‘do’ anything but you can prepare. And the more prepared you are the quicker you can react and get yourself the next best place.

The UCAS website and The Telegraph publish clearing listing but it’s always best to speak direct to the universities. Some of them will even hold clearing days where you can visit to check out the university.

Best of luck, and remember you always have options!

Course vacancies will be published from mid-August to September and you need to have you application in by September 20th.

Follow the #ucasclearing hashtag on Twitter or visit the UCAS site for up-to-date information.


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2 Comments → “A Guide To UCAS Clearing”

  1. Marv

    7 years ago

    Great article, thank you again for wriitng.


  2. Mark

    7 years ago

    You’re welcome Marv. I’m glad you enjoyed it :)


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