What is Clearing?
If you have not received an offer to study at a university then you may want to consider looking into the Clearing process. This is a way of getting onto a university course you may not have chosen as an option on your UCAS application. Clearing is open from July to September. You may wish to consider clearing for the following reasons:
- You may not have got the results you were hoping for and instead got lower than what was required from the university you had chosen
- If you have not received any offers
- If you applied late and was not able to secure an offer
- If you choose to decline all your offers
It is important to remember that on results day when courses are listed on UCAS that the courses will be updated regularly. It is best to be prepared and contact as many universities as possible to try and secure a place. If you are applying for a course after June 30th you will need to register and make an application if you have previously not done so. This will require you to add a personal statement to your application, it would be beneficial to have this completed before results day.
When in the clearing process your Track status will say either ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.
If your track status is currently at the ‘Clearing’ stage or you feel your results may lead to clearing it is best to prepare for this. Research possible universities and courses that have lower grade boundaries than what you were predicted. This will give you an idea of what is available and what each university can offer.
Try to get onto the UCAS website and look at the clearing courses as soon as possible. There will be other people in your position and universities will have limited spaces so the course you wish to study might get filled up quickly. However, universities often have courses that are closely related so do not restrict yourself to a specific course. For example, if you want to study a Marketing degree you could also consider a Business & Marketing degree which would be similar.
Have a pen, paper, charged phone, and your personal statement with you. When phoning universities to inquire about courses you may need to take down notes or refer to your personal statement so make sure you are prepared.
Phone a number of universities to find out what they can offer. You may not be able to go to the university that you were planning on going to so make sure you have research other possible universities you might consider. Make sure you have your UCAS Clearing Number and Personal ID Number as universities will need this to see your application and results.
Look at a range of courses before deciding on accepting an offer. You may receive a number of informal offers over the phone and this will give you a choice of what you wish to study and at which university.
When on the phone to a university make sure you have questions prepared. You may have to move away from home so questions about accommodation available should definitely be considered. Ask if there is an opportunity for you to visit the campus and speak to subject staff. You may find that you get an offer from a university you had not considered. Although you can get a lot of information online, it may be worth visiting the university to see if it is suitable for you.
As well as preparing questions, think about possible answers you may have to give to questions asked by the university. When phoning to secure a place, universities may ask why you want to study at the university or why you have chosen the course. researching things that you like about the university and course could prove to be useful if these questions are asked.
For more information, go to the UCAS website.