It can be a stressful time leading up to A-Level Results day 2021 but we are here to help and give you all our tips to prep you for results day so there is no need to be stressed about clearing!
So, what is clearing?
Clearing happens around A-Level Results day. This is when universities start to advertise and make available the remaining places they have available across all their courses. This time period allows students who have not secured a place at university yet (for whatever reason) to speak directly to universities or re-open their UCAS applications again.
The clearing process opened on the 5th July and closes on the 23rd October.
Why should you consider clearing?
Now you know what clearing is you probably want to know if you’re able to go through this process yourself. Although the main reason students go through clearing is because they haven’t got the results they wanted, there are also lots of other reasons to go through the clearing process:
- You might have decided originally that you didn’t want to go to university but have now decided you want to go
- You applied later than the 30th June
- You might have achieved higher grades than you were first expecting
- You’ve simply changed your mind about either the course you first chose or the university
- You might not hold any offers from your original applications
It’s important to understand that clearing doesn’t mean a last resort and should be seen as a second chance.
Should i apply to university with a UCAS account?
Despite what you might believe, you don’t have to have a UCAS account to go through the clearing process. This differs from uni to uni, but on the whole for the clearing process you can apply and speak directly to the university of your choice if they have places available.
So in essence what we are trying to say is it isn’t too late to apply to university through clearing, no matter what your circumstances might be. You can do this through your UCAS account if you have one or reach out directly to the university itself!
How to log into clearing?
So if you haven’t got a UCAS account you can register online with UCAS and make an application. UCAS will then send you a Welcome email with details of how to access Track on the Ucas website – this goes live at 8am on A-level results day with your university clearing number which you’ll need to give universities.
How does clearing work?
UCAS has a site search tool which will regularly be updated with new places as they become available. So make sure to keep checking this area.
The search tool also gives you contact details for universities and colleges, so once you have your exam results you can reach out to institutes with available vacancies.