University of Law reveals do’s and don’ts for getting through University Clearing smoothly after A-level results
With Clearing looming for thousands of A-Level students across the country tomorrow (Thursday), The University of Law has put together a handy list of do's and don'ts to ensure that the day goes as smoothly as possible.
Clearing can be a daunting process for prospective university students, which is only emphasised by disappointment if they haven’t been able to secure a place on their chosen course.
However, many universities have courses suitable to various career paths, which are available on their clearing lists.
Pete Edge, director of admissions, access & participation at The University of Law (ULaw), commented: “For students facing the prospect of applying through Clearing on A-Level results day, it’s vital to remember that you definitely won’t be the only one doing so.
“There will be thousands of people in the same position, which is equal parts comforting and challenging, as places are limited so you do need to act quickly. We see so many applications come in each year, so wanted to share our list of helpful do’s and don’ts to help students who are coming through Clearing ensure it is as smooth as possible.”
Do Prepare - Planning ahead is a good way to help you reduce stress and pressure on the day, helping you to not feel overwhelmed when you need to act quickly. Research alternative courses and providers ahead of time, including any relevant contact details, so you have this to hand on the day.
Get advice early- Teachers and careers advisors can help point you in the direction of people whose advice will really help when it comes to Clearing, such as students who have been through the process previously. As part of your preparation, make sure you seek this advice sooner rather than later, as it will be harder to access once Clearing gets underway.
Get everything you need to hand before you make a call - During Clearing, the phone lines will be extremely busy. When you call the Clearing hotline make sure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number to hand (if you have one you can find this in Track), as well as the exam results and details of the qualifications you hold. This will enable you to work with the adviser quickly and efficiently once you get through, for the best chances of securing a place on one of your chosen courses.
Think carefully about your options, then make a decision - It makes sense to contact a range of institutions that you have researched in advance and to survey what is available to you in terms of options. Make sure you record each offer made to you and spend a bit of time evaluating which would be the best for you to accept. Once you’re happy to can add a clearing choice via UCAS track for the university to process.
Start early - You can apply for clearing courses until October 23 2019 - but don’t hold off for too long. Different university courses start at different times, and when the courses are filled, they’re filled!
Don’t Panic - Many students have come through Clearing and gone on to have successful academic and professional careers, there’s plenty of options out there for you. Follow the steps above and ensure you have everything you need to hand. This approach will help to reduce stress on the day and enable you to act quickly when you need to.
Wait until your results come out to consider your options - The competition for Clearing places can be intense, so don’t add extra pressure by waiting until the last minute. There’s no harm whatsoever in considering a range of scenarios before getting your results. If the results come in and they are exactly what you wanted, then there’s no need for action, however if they aren’t quite what was required then you can rest assured, knowing that you’ve made a plan B (and C).
Let anyone else call on your behalf - Unless you have nominated alternative people on your UCAS form, you will need to talk to Clearing staff yourself. Staff manning the Clearing phones are all incredibly helpful and they may even have gone through Clearing themselves, so will likely know exactly what you’re going through.
Don't Give up
Universities across the country will be processing thousands of applications during Clearing, so be prepared for it to take a little time if you’re applying after you get your results. Phones will be busy on Clearing day but keep trying until you can speak to someone about your options.
Assume you have not got your place -If you don’t get the grades you expected it can be easy to assume you automatically lose your place. Before you do anything, check Track before assuming the worst. Some providers will be happy to accept you with different grades to your initial offer, meaning you may not even have to go through Clearing.
To learn more about Clearing courses at The University of Law, call us now on 0800 0093375 or visit https://www.law.ac.uk/clearing/.
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