The wait is over. Results are in. It might have gone well, or it might not be all that you had hoped. Either way, there are lots of resources online to get students through it – and on to that bright future.
UPDATE – 14/8/2015 – The Student Loans Company is urging students to update their information straight away if they have
- applied for finance but changed their course through Clearing
- got on a course through Clearing but not yet applied for finance
- got on a part-time course and not yet changed their information with the SLC.
Go to www.gov.uk/student-finance and log in (or register if you haven’t already) so you can give them the necessary information or change the details of your course, as appropriate. Part-time students can request a Change of Circumstances form.
The SLC also has advice for full- and part-time EU students: “EU students who haven’t been resident in the UK for three years before their course start date can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan. If you haven’t applied for your loan yet you need to do this right away as applications can take around six weeks to be processed. To apply as an EU student download and complete a paper EU15N form for a full-time course or an EUPTL1 for a part-time course, available at www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms.”
For more advice on dealing with results and Clearing, here are some great resources:
The first port of call should inevitably be the Ucas website. Here’s their comforting guide to how to approach the stress of today:
And if the results fall short, then making that Clearing phone call can get you back in the game. Last year, 61,000 students found places through Clearing. Don’t rush your choice, but do pick yourself up and get on with finding a place that’s right for you. Here’s some advice on the Ucas from uni advisers:
You should be following Ucas on Twitter, for the best news feed about uni admissions and clearing today:
According to the Times Higher, there is help on Twitter for those who embark on Clearing:
The paper says: “It can be a stressful time for those who don’t quite get the A-level results that they were hoping for, so we asked our Twitter followers to offer students who are about to go through the clearing process their top tip, using the hashtag #MyClearingTip.”
There’s also #UniAdvice for some (often light-hearted) tips on how to get by at university.
The Guardian has some advice for teachers on this sometimes frenzied and difficult day:
For those whose grades mean they need to re-think their options, the Times Higher Education has a guide to Clearing here:
They echo the advice from Ucas: don’t rush your decisions. There’s time to do some research, contact universities about Clearing places, and get back on track. The THE warns that universities may have their own interests at heart more than their applicants’, though, so keep a level head and don’t just jump at the first opportunity that looks attractive.
The Guardian also advises young people not to approach Clearing with an “I’ll take anything” attitude. There may be courses that aren’t so far removed from what you originally wanted:
The Guardian has a webchat today from 1-3pm focusing on what to do if your grades aren’t quite as you hoped:
The Telegraph has a webchat today too, between 2 and 4pm, and says: “Concerned about A-level Results Day? Telegraph Education are holding a live webchat here on August 12 between 2pm and 3pm. Readers will get the chance to put their last minute questions to Nick Hynes from the Exam Results Helpline and Hannah Morrish, resident Clearing expert at The Student Room. Tweet your questions in advance to @JosieGurneyRead, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or take part here on the day.”
UPDATE 17/8/2015 – The Guardian looks at what happens next if you’ve used Clearing. It says: “Once you’ve successfully battled the Clearing phone line scrum to secure a place at a university you’re happy with, it will be tempting to go and join your mates to celebrate. But there’s still work to be done to set yourself up for the year ahead.”
They also suggest how you should approach your phone calls to universities’ Clearing hotlines: www.theguardian.com/education/2015/aug/14/clearing-what-to-do-once-youve-chosen-a-university-course
And the Guardian also profiles Sussex University’s clearing hub, so you can see what goes on behind the scenes: www.theguardian.com/education/2015/aug/13/more-calls-more-competition-inside-sussex-university-clearing-hub
For some encouragement, the Telegraph talks to a marketing, advertising and PR student at Birmingham City University who went through Clearing last year. She says: “it felt like the power was in my hands.”
Read about her experience here: www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/clearing/11790478/Clearing-2015-I-felt-like-the-power-was-in-my-hands.html
The BBC also had a Q&A on what to do if your grades don’t quite stack up:
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