Top Tips for University Clearing
4:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
With the release of A-level results for schools across the UK, many students who have not achieved the required grades are going through clearing in the hope of securing a place at university for next year.
Clearing will run until September and is aimed at matching applicants with suitable vacancies on higher education courses.
The NUS (National Union of Students) has released the following top tips for getting the most out of clearing: 1. Do your research Course vacancies in Clearing are published on www.ucas.com from mid-August until late-September. Do some research now into other courses or institutions that you may like to study at. This means that you know your preferred options and you are prepared. For more detailed information about individual courses including for example course satisfaction data you could use sites such as Unistats.
2. Be aware Vacancies listed on Clearing tend to fill up quickly, so a fast response will increase your chances of being accepted on the course you want. Make sure you have all the paperwork you’ll need to hand.
3. Be realistic and flexible Check the requirements and if you don’t have the grades you need for your chosen subject, consider an alternative course and institution. If you have a specific career in mind, vocational qualifications such as foundation degrees are becoming increasingly popular.
4. Think carefully before accepting Think carefully before you accept an offer, as you can only accept one. Make sure it really is the right choice for you. You can also research institutions on their websites or contact them directly with any questions about requirements for the course.
5. Make sure you have financial support Make sure you have all the financial support you are eligible for. For more information on this, see our student finance section.
Designed for students who have not received any offers; or the offers they were hoping for, if you have applied through UCAS you can take part in Clearing. Over 50,000 people gained a place through clearing in 2011. If you’re prepared to be flexible and have reasonable exam results, there’s a good chance you’ll find a course if: •You have declined 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 - £23 for 2013; •UCAS received your application after 30 June. If UCAS received your application after this date, they will not have sent it to any universities and colleges.
Course vacancies in Clearing are published on www.ucas.com until late-September.
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