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 may have missed out on their firm or insurance choice university
- Students may do better than expected in their results and would like to register for Adjustment
- Students may change their mind about the course they would like to study or university they would like to go to
Clearing begins on 6 July 2020 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 these details to hand, including the university contact number, will mean that when the Clearing lines open they can easily work through their list of choices.
Things they should have to hand when they call:
- UCAS number
- Results of all their academic qualifications, including GCSEs
- English language qualifications (international students)
What to do when they get their results
Students who already have their results can apply now. 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. On A Level results day, most offers will be made over the phone and students may be transferred to speak to academics in their chosen area of study, so make sure students are 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 their 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 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.
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