Tips for going through Clearing
Clearing is one of the most stressful parts of the post- results period, so I through that I would share some advice and tips that helped me secure a space at Warwick through clearing.
Don’t be ashamed of clearing!
Clearing can get a bad rep. When I was in school, I was given the impression that only people who didn’t work hard go through clearing, which is obviously not true. However, the negative stigma associated with clearing makes you not want to think about it or accept the possibility that, like thousands of people every year, you might need to go through it.
But I want to remind you that clearing is not a bad thing. It’s an opportunity. Going through clearing does not mean you didn’t work hard enough, or you didn’t do well enough in your exams. All it means, is that you don’t have a university place and you need to get one, and trust me, it’s a lot easier than it seems if you do the work.
Before Results: Look at Clearing Lists
In my opinion, regardless of how you think you have done in your exams, if you want to go to university that year, you should prepare for clearing. To do this I recommend looking at clearing lists. These are lists put out by universitates, usually a few weeks before A level results are released, that contain all the courses the university may offer through clearing alongside the entry requirements (entry requirements through clearing are usually lower than regular requirements). This allows you to develop an idea on what universities you can go to, and what you need to get in to them. It is important to note that certain courses may be taken off the list on results day if they are oversubscribed. This leads me on to my next point.
Clearing is an unpredictable time. You don’t know what courses will truly be offered through clearing until results day, so it is important to not have your heart set on a particular university. You don’t want to be upset if the university you wanted to go to suddenly decides not to offer that course anymore. During clearing, you need to have multiple universities that you would be happy to go to.
As well as this, you should look into universities that have different entry requirements. This will allow you to prepare for any type of grades you may receive.
When I went through clearing one thing that I found incredibly useful was taking notes of: the contact information of the universities I was interested in , with the courses they offered and the requirements for those courses. During clearing, websites can crash because they are busy, and certain courses can fill up incredibly fast. You don’t want to face any delays between getting your results and going through clearing. Having all the information down, including your UCAS ID, contact information and student number, can save you time and means that you can immediately start calling the universities you are interested in. This can help you get a space on a popular course.
My last point is to stay calm. Clearing can be stressful, and you may need to make a lot of fast decisions, meaning that you need to remain level-headed. This will allow you to make the best decisions, that will benefit you the most. This is important as at the end of the day clearing is meant to be an opportunity, not a punishment.