Like a lot of people around this time of year, you may be feeling anxious about A Level results day (18th August 2016). If you don’t get the results that you had hoped for then there is a process called Clearing that can help if you find yourself without an offer on results day.
So what is Clearing? If for any reason you are not holding any offers then you can still apply to universities that still have course vacancies through Clearing. These are the key steps that you need to follow:
- Before you call a university directly to discuss a clearing application, make sure you have your UCAS PID number to hand, as well as details of your level 3 qualifications (A Levels, BTECS, Access course, etc) and level 2 qualifications (GCSEs or equivalents). You may be transferred to speak to an academic about your interest in the course, so this is where your research is going to come in useful and be prepared to answer questions on your suitability and why you want a place on the course.
- Research the places that are available in clearing through the UCAS course search tool. You can check vacancies at Manchester Metropolitan University on our Clearing website.
- Find out which subjects are available in Clearing at MMU and the opening times of our Clearing helpline. If you want to call MMU to discuss our vacancies ring 0161 247 3000. Be patient if you can’t get through first time. We receive a huge number of calls on results day so keep trying!
- Once you have been offered a place verbally, you will then need to add the course as your clearing choice on UCAS Track and send copies of your certificates to the University for checking, so get them ready in advance. Listen carefully for any instructions you are given over the phone and via email, as there may be deadlines you need to meet.
- If you are offered a place in Clearing and haven’t had a chance to visit the University yet, attend one of our clearing visit days to make sure you’re making the right choice.
Our top tips for clearing
- Stay calm – clearing can be a busy, confusing and sometimes stressful time. Remember that lots of people get in to university through Clearing and if you use all of the information available you can find a course that suits you.
- Be prepared to answer some questions over the phone, you may be asked about your suitability for the course an
d why you want to study the subject.
- Do some research before you call and have some questions ready – the phone call is just as much your chance to see if the course if suitable for you as it is the university’s chance to see if you are a suitable candidate.
More advice, tips and videos are available on the UCAS website