Clearing advice for parents

Clearing can be a stressful time for students, but it can sometimes be difficult for parents and guardians too. There’s no need to panic. There are many students who now come to us through Clearing, so you’re not alone.

It is important to know that we cannot speak to you directly about your son’s or daughter’s application, due to data protection. But there are things you can do in preparation to help them make the best choice possible.

What is Clearing?

Clearing gives students a chance to seek a new university place once they have received their results.

Students use the clearing service for a variety of reasons for example:

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

Clearing begins on 1 July 2017 and continues until the end of August, or until courses have reached capacity.

You can see a full list of our courses included in Clearing this year using our Clearing page.

Be prepared

Most universities take part in Clearing, so if you’re entering Clearing with your son or daughter, it’s good to get organised. It’s always a good idea to make a list of the courses they are interested in, which universities they are considering and their contact numbers, so that when lines open they can work through their list of choices. Here’s a few things to make sure they have to hand:

  • UCAS number
  • A Level results
  • personal statement
  • GCSE results

Download our Clearing Toolkit (PDF), our printable guide that helps your son or daughter keep track of all the information they need on the day.

On Results Day

Here at the University of Westminster, we have a large team dedicated to Clearing and Adjustment who will be the first point of contact for your son or daughter. 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 please make sure your son or daughter is prepared for any questions they may be asked.

You are welcome to make the phone call and hold a place in the queue if the phone lines are busy. We’ll want to speak to your son or daughter as soon as we answer. If your son or daughter isn’t available then they can contact us via email at [email protected].

Staff and student ambassadors will also be on hand to talk to your son or daughter about accommodation and other any student support services they need following the acceptance of their offer.

What to do next

We want to make the next steps as easy as possible for you and your son or daughter.