Kingston University admissions tutors are urging students to make sure they are well prepared to finalise plans for heading to university. With A-level results out shortly, the universityâ€™s student recruitment manager Anthony Allen said there was still time to consider applying for a degree.
Students with offers that depended on their A-level grades needed to know what to do as soon as results came out on August 14, he added. â€œOn A-level results day, official lists of course vacancies will be published,â€ Mr Allen said. â€œThis is the chance for people without places to find the course that is right for them. â€œOpenings will disappear quickly though, so students have to be prepared to pick up the telephone and act fast.â€
Listings are carried in the Independent, the Daily Mirror and on the University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) website. Kingston University is also publishing a list of its own vacancies online at www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/clearing/.
Students who have applied to go to university but have been unsuccessful in getting a place will automatically be sent a Clearing entry form. Mr Allen advises, however, that they should not to wait for it to arrive in the post. â€œThe best thing for them to do is get straight on the telephone to universities running the courses they like armed with their A-level and GSCE results,â€ he said. â€œIf they have the right entry points, they will speak to an admissions tutor whoâ€™ll decide whether to offer them a place.â€
Students who have just missed out on the place originally offered to them should not despair either. â€œSome universities may able to still offer students a spot on the course they hoped to take and most will be able to suggest other options that are very similar,â€ Mr Allen said.
Kingston University is staging a special weekend drop-in service for students still not quite sure about their course options. Friendly, fully-trained staff will be available to talk students through the challenges of going to university and settling on the right subject. Based in the main hall at the Universityâ€™s Penrhyn Road campus, the drop-in centre will be open between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August.