Top ten tips for making the most out of Clearing

Hopefully, you’ve read our blog on how the Clearing process works. So, now you know the steps, here are some top tips for making the most out of Clearing:

  1. Universities don’t just look at your grades. If your results aren’t what you hoped for, discuss your hobbies or your passion for the subject instead.  
  2. Try not to focus on the negatives, like why you performed badly in you’re A-levels. Instead, focus on positive things about yourself. Are you a strong researcher, for example?  
  3. Once you have received your results it can help to talk through your options with a friend, someone from college or the UCAS exam results helpline. 
  4. When looking at universities, consider more than just your course. Apply somewhere you think you’ll be happy and comfortable. Also consider your budget limitations and other key factors such as accommodation, university societies and the quality of their student support services. 
  5. If possible, visit the campus before accepting an offer through Clearing. 
  6. Be open-minded. How about applying for a foundation year or joint honours degree? This could open opportunities at better universities.  
  7. When you ring the Clearing hotlines, make sure you have everything you need to hand and go somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed. A good tip is to smile whilst you are talking as you will seem friendlier and feel more relaxed. At the end of your call, give your mobile number and keep your phone on you in case they call back.  
  8. It is important that you call the university yourself as they will want to ask personal questions. Also, they can’t discuss your application with anyone other than you.  
  9. If you get a verbal offer by phone ask them to send confirmation via email, including how long the offer stands for. Typically, offers stand for between 12 and 48 hours.  
  10. Feeling unsure? Making the wrong decision at a time when your emotions are running high could lead to a lot of debt and unhappiness. Step back, take a deep breath and consider whether you might want to take a gap year and re-apply.  



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