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Clearing top tips

Check out our top tips to navigate your way through Clearing and find your place at university.

Do your research

We understand that clearing can be a stressful time, particularly if you don't achieve the results you expected. It is important to start researching universities and courses before you receive your results so you have a shortlist of options ready on results day if you need it.

Make a note of our Clearing hotline numbers and opening times so you're ready to start making calls on results day.

Do your research
Have your details ready

Have your details ready

Have all your details to hand when you call. You'll need your Clearing number from UCAS Track, details of your qualifications (including your A-level, BTEC, GCSE and equivalent results) and your UCAS Track log-in details.

It is also very useful to have notes on the course you are applying for, some planned responses to questions you might be asked (such as why you'd like to study the course) and any questions you would like to ask the university.

Be persistent

If the first few universities you call reject you, stay positive and keep calling. If your first choice says no, give them another call later in the day as requirements can change during Clearing and you may get offered a place.

Clearing hotlines can also be very busy, so if you can't get through first time or the hotline is engaged, don't be put off. Here at Kingston University, we'll have a significant number of telephone lines open to deal with your queries.

Be persistent
Find a quiet place to call

Find a quiet place to call

Make sure that you call from a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed with easy access to phone and the internet. Clearing places do go quickly, but you have time to compose and prepare yourself.

It is important that you make the call yourself as universities are unable to discuss your application with another person. You should treat the call like a job interview, stay positive and sell yourself, and make sure you demonstrate an enthusiasm for your course and the university.

Make notes

Have a pen and paper on hand to take some notes from your conversations. There will be details you'll want to remember, such as the person's name, job title, deadlines and a summary of what you discussed. It also helps avoid getting confused and calling the same university twice!

Make notes
Keep an open mind

Keep an open mind

You probably have your heart set on a particular course, but you are more likely to be successful in finding a place in Clearing if you are flexible and consider similar courses to the one you originally applied for.

A lot of courses have similar content. When making your choice check the course content carefully to see if it interests you and consider what other options are available to you such as joint honours. Remember, we have many courses that include a foundation year, which has lower entry requirements so do try and keep an open mind when discussing your options with our hotliners.

 

 

Ask questions

Selecting a course and university is a big decision so make a list of questions that will help you make an informed choice. Ask about module choices, study abroad opportunities, scholarships, accommodation, Open Days etc. Also, remember to find out what you need to do next if you want to accept the offer and if there is a deadline.

Ask questions
Add a Clearing choice within the allotted time

Add a Clearing choice within the allotted time

Most universities will give you a window during which their offer is valid, usually 12-48 hours; make sure you enter your Clearing choice before this time is up. You should only enter a Clearing choice on UCAS Track if you have spoken to the university and they have offered you a provisional place. You'll only be able to enter one Clearing choice at a time, so only enter a course you're sure you want to accept.

Remember to check the UCAS website for the exact time on results day you are able to confirm your choice on UCAS track.

 

Consider your options

Don't feel like you have to accept the first offer you are given; you have time to speak to as many universities as you wish before making your decision. Once you have spoken to the universities you planned to contact, take some time to consider the options available to you and pick the course and university which is right for you.

Consider your options
Relax and celebrate your choice

Relax and celebrate your choice

Whether you are going to university through Clearing or Adjustment, congratulate yourself and celebrate securing your place at university with your friends, family and supporters.

It's also a good idea to visit the university to familiarise yourself before you arrive. We have an Open Day on Saturday 17 August. Find out more and book your place here.

 

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