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Top Tips for Applying Through Clearing 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

If you don’t get the results you need for your Firm or Insurance choices, miss the application deadline or just have a change of heart and want to attend a different university, then Clearing is for you!

Clearing provides you with the opportunity to apply for a place on a similar course or to a whole new university altogether. Therefore Clearing shouldn’t be seen as the last resort, it’s a chance for you to rethink your choices. In fact, last year 64,900 students got a uni place through Clearing which is the highest number on record. So with A-Level results day approaching on the Thursday 17th August, we’ve put together our top tips for applying to University Centre Shrewsbury through Clearing, to make things a bit easier.

But first, how do you get in to Clearing?

- If you didn’t apply to university before Friday 30th June, you’ll automatically be entered into Clearing once you apply.

- If you applied to university before Friday 30th June but changed your mind about either your Firm or Insurance choices, you can choose to enter Clearing and apply to a different course or university. You’ll need to call your Firm or Insurance choice university and have them release you into Clearing to get your Clearing number. This process can take time so make sure you’re aware of this and have your UCAS ID ready to speed things up.

- Finally, if you missed the grades you needed for your Firm or Insurance choice university, you can enter into Clearing to find a new institution. Before you panic though, make sure you check the status of your application on UCAS Track. If your offer is still showing as conditional, contact the university concerned to find out why. If you applied for a place at Shrewsbury, but didn’t quite make the grades, contact us. We may be able to reconsider your place, or offer you an alternative place on a different course. You can also register for Clearing updates on our website which will help you to get one step ahead.

1. Do your research

Clearing happens very quickly and popular courses fill up fast, so it’s a good idea to do some research before results day. Identify some universities and courses you may consider applying to through Clearing and have their contact details to hand.

2. Set your alarm

It may still be the summer holidays, but results day is worth waking up early for. You can check on UCAS track from 8:00am to see if your place has been confirmed. You should also collect your exam results from your school or college as soon as possible, as you’ll need them for when you start contacting universities.

3. Be prepared

The following is a list of what you’ll need on the day:

-          Clearing number/ UCAS Personnel ID
-          Exam results
-          Phone
-          Pen and paper

Make sure you’ve got access to the internet and have phone reception. Most importantly, make any phone calls yourself. The university wants to talk to you, not your parents.

4. Don’t panic

If you’re made an offer or offers through Clearing, take the time you have available to consider your options. Don’t rush into anything or take the first offer you get. A verbal offer made to you over the phone usually stands for 48 hours. This gives you time to consider other options too.

5. Visit the university

Visiting the university will help you in the decision making process. You might even find that you like the university more than either of your Firm or Insurance choices. At University Centre Shrewsbury we hold regular campus tours, which you can book onto now.

6. Don’t give up

If you don’t secure a place on results day, or there are no vacancies on the course, don’t give up. Once the dust settles on A-Level results day, universities may find they do have the odd space available so it’s worth staying in touch right up until the courses are due to start.

Want to find out more?

For more information on the courses mentioned above, take a look at the course pages on the University Centre Shrewsbury website. Here you’ll also find useful contact details should you have any specific course-related questions.

For general enquiries about studying at Shrewsbury, please feel free to contact us via email at enquiries@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk or by phone on 01743 297185.