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Clearing made clear

Clearing is a great opportunity for students who have not yet secured a place to do so on courses that still have vacancies.

Each year we offer places to hundreds of talented individuals. There is a common misconception from some students I speak to who think that going through clearing means that they have failed. This is not the case as students often have last minute changes of heart (as did I many moons ago when I went through Clearing). It is important to remember that when students actually arrive at university, fellow students, lecturers and staff do not know how you applied. When I arrived at university, how we all applied was the last thing on everyone’s agenda… in fact I don’t remember it ever being discussed. Everybody is treated exactly the same and receives the same experience.

On the day, courses with vacancies will be published in The Independent newspaper, on university websites and through UCAS. It is a good idea to make use of social media to get live updates regarding courses or technical problems direct from the Clearing hubs at institutions.

Students check on UCAS Track to see if they are eligible for clearing before calling their chosen university as soon as possible to apply for a vacancy. Make sure students have their UCAS ID and qualifications. It is often much quicker and easier if we talk to the student themselves on the day so please reassure them that we are nice people and are willing them to get a place on the course. There is no need to be shy.

We can then guide them through what to do next on UCAS Track and remind them to apply for student finance and accommodation.

A-Level results and Clearing can be busy and testing days but once all is done, they can be the most rewarding. Good luck and fingers crossed for great results for everyone.

Posted by Nicholas Manthorpe on Thu, 2 Feb 2017



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Nick was a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press and its sister weekly titles in Norfolk and Waveney, then served as Media Officer for North Norfolk District Council for 13 years. He now works as a writer and PR and media relations consultant. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of East Anglian Writers.

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