Results day is a stressful time in a student’s life, and finding that you didn’t get the grades to get into your chosen university can feel rather daunting.
See Loud's free Clearing guide for all of the help you'll need, including a directory of every university hotline number.
By Amy Austin
Five steps to take during clearing:
1. HAVE A LIST OF OTHER UNIVERSITIES AND COURSES THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
This way when the clearing list is published, it will be easy and less stressful to check against it.
2. THINK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE COURSES
Keep an open mind, this way there is a bigger chance of being successful and there is a broader range of choices available to you. If you have your heart set on one particular course, then there is a possibility of doing it as a combined subject by pairing it with another course.
3. APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Do not leave it long, places fill up quickly so to avoid disappointment contact Universities immediately. Also, call them yourself. Universities prefer to deal with the candidate directly.
4. ENSURE YOU USE THE OFFICIAL CLEARINGS LIST
This is found in national newspapers such as the Telegraph, on UCAS or on individual Universities websites. These tend to be the most complete and up to date.
5. DO NOT GIVE UP
Keep trying; thousands of people are all trying to get through at the same time. Also, keep checking back as vacancies become available all the time.
Clearing is not as scary as it sounds; there are a huge amount of courses to choose from. Universities do not want empty spaces on courses as they lose out too, so it is in their best interest to help candidates. There are also teachers and advisors to help, you will not be alone.