If your grades or exam results didn’t quite make the cut for your desired institution, don’t worry. You still have options for further education that won’t necessarily mean settling or having to wait to start your education. Clearing gives students the opportunity to seek and involve themselves in courses in the event that the original plans didn’t quite pan out as you had hoped.

What Is Clearing?

Clearing is a year program offered and operated by UCAS and is designed to help both students and institutions.

The program matches students with universities and institutions with course openings, essentially satisfying two things at once while ensuring the student doesn’t feel left out or as though they have failed. Clearing doesn’t mean you have failed. In fact, participating in clearing means you are taking responsibility and pursuing success and education regardless of the original plans.

When Does Clearing Take Place?

Clearing takes place after all results have been formally released, which means university Clearing 2018 will open on the 5th of July and is available as soon as you receive your results. Additionally, if you apply to a university for entry in 2018 after the 30th of July, you will be automatically entered into Clearing.

Who Needs Clearing?

Clearing can be used by students other than those who didn’t receive their desired scores. For example, Clearing can be utilised by individuals who scored higher than expected and wish to seek a course at a university with much higher demands.

You may also use clearing if you didn’t receive any previous offers, you applied late, or you have changed your mind since the initial application. Clearing can act as both a second chance and a useful tool to help students seek out a different result.

Tips for Success

There are typically a great number of students involved in Clearing, so it’s important that you act quickly and avoid procrastination. Part of this process involves preparing in advance.

Before you even receive your results, it would be wise to plan for the scenario that you don’t get the anticipated results, which means making a list of potential courses you would wish to be matched with during Clearing, should you need to take that route.

Additionally, don’t wait until the last minute. As soon as you receive your results, take action. Be attentive and positive as well as ready to communicate with universities. Most often this involves telephoning the university yourself, and most would advise doing so as soon as possible.

If you find yourself in Clearing, make sure you simply act quickly and prioritise your course options, tackling those at the top of the list first and working your way down.