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Guildford College Exam Tips: Clearing - How does it work?

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Guildford College Exam Tips: Clearing - How does it work?

Published at 2:47pm 9th August 2019.

If you don't get the grades you need for the university course you're applying to, Clearing is an opportunity to grab a spot on a similar course. This could be at the same university or a different one. 

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course. You find courses (with vacancies) that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place. Roughly 14% of all UK applicants in 2018 came through Clearing – that’s just over 60,000 students!

If you haven't already applied for a university course you’ll need to register at https://www.ucas.com/ and make an application.

When is Clearing 2019?

This year, results day is on Thursday 15 August 2019 so this is when Clearing 2019 will begin for the majority of students.

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Can you enter Clearing?

You can enter Clearing if you don’t get the results you need to meet the entry requirements set out by your firm and insurance choice universities. This is the most common reason why students go through Clearing, but there are other reasons:
• you change your mind about your firm and insurance choices, and wish to apply to a different course or university
• you applied before 30 June but don’t have any offers
• you only applied after 30 June – you’ll be automatically entered into Clearing once you apply.

Even if you don't get the grades you needed, you might not need to enter Clearing yet. If you narrowly missed the grades you were hoping for, check with your university whether they still will accept you. 

Before Results Day: Prepare for Clearing

Have everything ready! Results day can be stressful, so make sure you know how it works and what to expect.
• See which other universities offer the same – or similar – courses, search for similar courses that have slightly lower grade requirements than you've been predicted.
• Make sure you’ve got all important info and documents which you will need to make calls (e.g. UCAS number, Clearing number, A Level/GCSE grades)
• Practise what you’ll say in a mini-interview should you have one over the phone. It's also worth revisiting your personal statement, as universities you apply to in Clearing will have access to this and might ask about what you've written here.

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On Results Day: the Clearing process

On results day, check the UCAS Track site as early as possible in the morning to see the status of your applications. If you’re eligible for Clearing, it will say so and you’ll be provided with a Clearing number (which you'll have to give to universities you call).
If you're not sure about the status of your university place, contact them directly for confirmation. They'll have extra staff on hand taking calls on the day but be patient if you don't get through straight away.
If you're eligible for Clearing, you can start phoning universities through their special Clearing phone lines to speak to one of their advisers – or someone from that course’s department – about the course you’re interested in.
Some universities may just ask for your grades and make a decision based on these; others may ask a few questions about why you’re interested in that particular course. They’ll tell you whether they will accept you there and then, after which you’ll usually have 24 hours to accept or look elsewhere. Remember to confirm your place on UCAS Track once you've been made an offer you're happy with.

What if your grades are better than predicted?

UCAS offer a system called Adjustment if your grades are better than expected. This is basically the opposite of Clearing, where you can "trade up" for a course with higher entry requirements than what your predicted grades were.

If things don't go to plan...

• Find info about exam reviews and appeals through your school or College – you'll need to try to arrange the review as quickly as possible, and keep in touch with your university or college to keep them up-to-date.
• Look into other options – like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship – either instead of studying for a degree, or just while you reapply for next year.

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Clearing places at Guildford College

Guildford College have a limited number of Clearing places available to start in September 2019. 

At Guildford College we offer Degree Level Programmes in:

At Merrist Wood College we offer Degree Level Programmes in:

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Get Ahead of the Queue! Call our Clearing hotline

Tel: 07912 516 589 or Email: he@activatelearning.ac.uk and we can arrange for you to come in and speak to either a Careers Advisor or the relevant subject tutor.