Clearing: Top Tips


Clearing: Top Tips

30 July 2019


by Becca Snabel

Becca Snabel

Top clearing tips for all you need to know: Our blog takes you through the steps and preparation for clearing which opens on 6th July 2020!

  1. Do your research and be prepared for Clearing

The more you can do to prepare and think about your options in advance the better off you will be on the day. Research universities and courses that you might be interested in by looking at university websites, location and course content to get an idea of what would be best suited for you. Universities may also have virtual tours, which will be listed on their website, so you can get a feel for the environment.

  1. Check the Clearing vacancies

Clearing opens on 6 July 2020 and you can view any current vacancies on the UCAS website from then onwards. Vacancies will be listed and updated throughout the Clearing period, but some will not be published until the morning of A-level results day (13 August). It’s a good idea to also visit universities’ own websites to double-check vacancies and, if you see something of interest, give them a call to see if the space is still available.

  1. Have your details to hand

When calling universities, find a quiet and comfortable place to make the phone call. Make sure you have all the information you need to hand including:

  • The phone number for the university and your own contact details
  • Your Clearing number from UCAS Track
  • Your A-level, AS-level, GCSE and equivalent results, including module marks
  • Personal statement from your UCAS application
  • Your log-in details for Track
  • Your notes on the course and university and any planned responses to questions
  • Any questions you want to ask them
  • If you've called the university before, the name and details of anyone you have spoken to.
  1. Make notes during the Clearing call

Have a notepad and pen with you when making the call so you can jot down any notes and the main points discussed on the call.

  1. Have some questions prepared

It’s good to prepare in advance any questions you have about the university or course content. When on the spot, it’s easy to forget things you want more information on so writing them down beforehand can make sure you get all the details you need. 

  1. Be persistent and flexible

Be open minded about different courses and universities. If you don’t know much about a particular university, do your research and find out about the courses they offer. Be persistent and call all the universities you’re interested in to find out about their vacancies.

  1. Ask for email confirmation

If you get a verbal offer from a university, ask for an email confirmation. It’s important to have written evidence of what was discussed on the call. Most importantly, remember to keep calm and carry on! There are so many fantastic courses at great universities available through clearing. Looking for accommodation? We offer stylish home away from homes at 11 sites throughout the UK and Ireland! Find out more here.

Becca Snabel

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