A Guide To UCAS Clearing

July 22nd, 2011 → 1:58 pm @

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.



Have you got your accommodation in order for September?

July 22nd, 2011 → 10:57 am @

Empty Room

Don't be left with an empty room.

Whether you’re going to university for the first time of you’re going into you’re second or third year. Now is the time to be thinking about and preparing for moving in so you can get back to studying.

Perhaps you’ve grouped together with a few mates or you’re bravely going it alone in a shared house to make some new friends. You’ll still need to think about the things you’re going to need when you get there.

I remember my time at university and wish I’d have planned things out a little better or at least been more prepared. And that’s why I’m here to help.

So, you’re new digs. Do you know what’s provided and what will be there when you arrive? If you’ve never lived on your own and had to look after yourself, you might be surprised at what you take for granted. I certainly did! Imagine not having any toilet paper at the worst possible time. Or franticly looking for a corkscrew to open the two bottles of wine you got on the cheap.

So what exactly will you need?

Well, for first-timers and those moving out of university accommodation, you’ll almost definitely need some bed linen and bathroom towels. Everyone needs to sleep and you’ll want to feel fresh for lectures.

Not all accommodation will give you everything you need. The next thing you should be thinking about is how you’re going to be eating, and more importantly, with what? Make sure you equip your kitchen with everything you need to make a decent meal. Don’t fall into the stereotype of eating beans on toast three times a day. University was where I really learnt how to cook. Stock up with a kitchen pack so you can eat well and keep that brain ticking!

Electrical items are something else that doesn’t generally come included with accommodation. A hoover, toaster, kettle, microwave and vacuum cleaner are all things you are going to need. Luckily, this can all be bought in a very student-friendly package.

For those of you who are in need of a little more help, something like the emergency survival kit might be useful. It gives you everything you need to kick-start life in your new pad. After all, the first thing you’re going to want to do when you settle in is have a brew!

The whole thing boils down to three things; Eat, Sleep & Clean. As long as you’ve got that covered, you’ll be fine!

To make sure you are equipped, just take a look at our Student Survival Kits where you’ll find everything you need at prices that are fit for students.