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Clearing Tips

Be available on the day

If possible, do not be on holiday or at work, keep the day free to contact universities. Make sure that you have access to the information that you need and the use of a phone. You need to be available to speak to admissions tutors and make decisions yourself – your parents, teachers and friends cannot do it for you.

Get advice

When you pick up your results, talk to your teachers, tutors or careers advisors at school or college and speak to staff from the universities, the current students, friends and family. They may be able to suggest courses and universities that you would never have considered.

Find out which courses have places available

On results day the UCAS website and Daily Telegraph will have a list of courses with places available through Clearing. The UCAS vacancies list will be continually updated and the Daily Telegraph will publish an updated list daily, removing courses that are full, or adding courses which may initially have been full, but later have vacancies.

Prioritise what’s more important to you when selecting the course

Just like you did with your original choices, consider, for example, course content and structure, academic facilities, social life, distance from home, sports facilities and living costs. You may be relieved to be offered anything, but you still need to choose the right course at the right university for you.

You do not have to go for the same subject you initially applied for, but if you do go for something different, the university may still expect you to have specific A Level subjects. If your preferred choice of course is full, look at related alternatives, for example, for Medicine consider Medical Science or Biomedical Science.

Be patient

Universities have a lot of expert staff waiting to answer your call, but the phone lines can be busy. You may also have to wait to be put through to the relevant department, asked to call later, or the university may ring you back. Don’t worry, Clearing lasts for more than one day so you do have time to make up your mind and find a course.

Popular courses will fill up first. However, do not rush into a decision for this reason, you need to be sure that the course and university suit you.

Visit the University

Most universities, like Bangor University, will organise visit days for Clearing applicants which you should attend so that you can have a look around the university and area, collect more information about the course, speak to staff and students and decide whether or not you would be happy studying at that institution. Information about our Clearing Visit days can be found on this page.