UCAS have implemented two tools, self-release and Clearing Plus, in order to provide you with more flexibility and choice around what and where you want to study, which we hope will be Kingston.
In the past if you wanted to change the course or university you had made your firm choice, you were required to call the university and ask for them to release you in to Clearing. Now, with the self-release tool, you are able to release yourself into Clearing in order to take up an offer from another university.
This tool will be available from July in your UCAS Track. To avoid accidently releasing yourself, the system incorporates a number of warnings to make sure you fully understand what you are about to do.
If you release yourself from your place at Kingston University by accident, don't worry. Call our Clearing hotline and, providing the course still has spaces available, we will reinstate your offer with the same conditions as your original offer.
This year, UCAS are launching a new service, Clearing Plus, a replacement for their direct contact service.
Clearing Plus will be available to unplaced applicants (students who haven't accepted any offers or have released themselves in to Clearing) in their Track account.
The Clearing Plus tool allows you to be matched to appropriate course(s) that you are interested in at universities that still have availability. This will show you where you can potentially secure your place at university. Using the tool, you'll be able to express an interest in those matched courses and have the option to allow the university to get in direct contact with you.
The UCAS service introduces a new personalised Clearing in 2020 and allows you to move easily between universities if you change your mind about where or what you would like to study. In addition UCAS are also offering individual support through emails, social media, and over the phone.
UCAS' Chief Executive, Clare Marchant said of Clearing Plus: "We are confident the new personalised Clearing in 2020 will transform the experience for students. They won't need to search through a mountain of courses or make endless phone calls. The most appropriate course options for them as an individual will be presented through their online account."