Clearing can be a stressful time for students, and for you too as a parent or guardian. Here are some tips to help you prepare and help students make the best choice possible.

Know the facts

There are a variety of reasons why students use the Clearing service. For example:

  • Students who may have missed out on their firm or insurance choice university
  • Students who did better than expected in their results and would like to register for Adjustment
  • Students who have changed their mind about the course they would like to study or university they would like to go to

Clearing begins on 1 July 2019 and continues until the end of August, or until all courses are full. Students can apply for a place on a course through Clearing as soon as they have received all of their results. If your child is studying the International Baccalaureate, BTEC or another non-A Level qualification, they don’t have to wait until A Level results day to apply for a course with us in Clearing if they already have their results. 

Help them to prepare

It’s good to be organised and make a list of the courses and universities they are considering in advance. Having details to hand, including the university contact number, will mean that when the Clearing lines open they can work through their list of choices.

Things to have to hand:

  • UCAS number
  • Results of all your qualifications, including GCSEs
  • Personal Statement

To help you prepare we’ve put together a Clearing toolkit so you can keep all the information you need in one place. 

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What to do when they get their results

We have a large team dedicated to Clearing and Adjustment who will be the first point of contact for students looking to apply for a place on a course. Some offers are likely to be made over the phone and students may be transferred to speak to academics in their chosen area of study, so make sure your child is prepared for any questions they may be asked (or any questions they might want to ask). 

If the phone lines are busy, you can hold your child’s place in the queue, but we can’t discuss their application with you, so we’ll want to speak to them as soon as we answer. 

Staff and student ambassadors will also be on hand to talk to students about accommodation and any other student support service they may need following the acceptance of their offer. 

Toolkit for parents and guardians

We've prepared a simple toolkit with helpful Clearing advice for parents and guardians.

Find out more about the University of Westminster

If you and your child don't know much about the University of Westminster, now is the perfect time to get to know us better. You can:

Visit our Clearing page