Clearing 2017: five things you didn't know about Ucas Clearing and results...
Just how much do you know about Clearing and results day? For instance, did you know these five facts below...?
Happy to admit you don't know much about Clearing? Our special advice section is the best place to start...
1. Clearing actually kicks off before results day
The system is best-known – and most likely to be used – by students who missed out on a place at their chosen universities. But Clearing actually opens in July and can be used by students who, for whatever reason, have still yet to secure any course offers.
- Must-read: Five ways to get a headstart on Clearing
Certain universities simply don't take part in Clearing – including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and some of the competitive Russell Group universities. Likewise, many of the most popular degrees – medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, for instance – don't feature; they're usually over-subscribed already and often have a waiting list already in place.
2. Not all universities take part in Clearing
If you’re eligible for Clearing and genuinely think you have something to offer these universities and courses – and by that, we mean outstanding exam results, a wealth of extra-curricular evidence and a proven interest in the subject – it could be worth approaching them directly. But be ready for rejection or an invitation to apply next year instead.
- Must-read: Preparing your Clearing back-up plan
Come results day, if you've only narrowly missed out on your grades there’s still a chance that you will be considered by the unis of your choice – don't think the worst.
3. Don't assume you've missed out on your place
- Must-read: How to call universities in Clearing
4. Be prepared to work for your Clearing place
The experience of ringing an admissions tutor to discuss their available Clearing spaces varies widely from university to university. This could be a quick run-through of your grades or a full-on telephone interview.
- Must-read: Common questions asked in Clearing calls
If you get better grades than expected (believe it – it does happen) you may be eligible to enter Ucas Adjustment, which works in a similar way to Clearing.
5. High achiever? You can also trade up places
Your original first choice still has your name on it, of course, but – if you wish – you have a few days to contact other universities offering courses with more demanding entry qualifications.
As always, make sure you research your course choice carefully, particularly if it's not one you've considered before. Higher entry grades doesn't necessarily mean it's a better fit for you.