Clearing top tips as A-level results day nears
Date: 6th Aug 2019
Students will receive their A-level results next Thursday (15 August) and discover whether they have secured a place at their preferred university or college.
Whether students have yet to find their ideal degree course, changed their mind about their choice, or are making a late application, Buckinghamshire New University, with campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, and Aylesbury, is available for enquiries.
Phil McDonnell (pictured), Head of Admissions, has come up with a series of top tips, and also looked to debunk some myths around Clearing.
“Clearing is not simply for applicants who do not meet their course requirements,” says Phil. “It can also be used by applicants who even exceed their predicted grades to change their chosen course or change their chosen university.
“Going through Clearing doesn’t mean less than getting into a university at an earlier point in the year and the main point around it is ensuring that people find a course which is right for them.”
Here’s Phil’s tips and advice:
"This year, UCAS is allowing applicants to release themselves into Clearing. You no longer need to ask for permission from your current first choice to be released into Clearing if you change your mind. You can log in to UCAS Track and release yourself giving you the opportunity to find somewhere new.
"Clearing can be a stressful time if you do not get in to your first choice. However, stay calm and appreciate that there is plenty you can still do before and after your results to help.
"Minimise any stress as much as possible. Do your best to eat well, get lots of sleep and, if you struggle with anxiety more generally, try looking up some breathing techniques online. Being prepared will definitely help.
"Look at university websites to see their Clearing information. You can often use these areas to find answers to important questions such as where you will be able to stay and the unique elements of your favourite courses. Doing this before you get your results means you will always be prepared.
"People can always try to contact their preferred choice directly but in 2019 this doesn’t mean just having to pick up a telephone. Universities will be happy to take questions over social media such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat, or will have chat devices on their websites.
"Try to ask for a call back from a lecturer as they will be able to give the clearest feedback or sometimes even allow students entry on to their chosen course.
"Don’t feel pressured to make a decision on the day. Many universities can accept applications late in to September, so it is important people make a choice that is right for them.
"In addition, many universities, including Bucks New University, have courses starting in January or February, so people may be able to start later.
"Universities often hold open events on their campuses on or after A Level results day. This can give people an opportunity to see a campus and speak to various staff. Sometimes going in person is a much different experience than talking to someone from a distance and can really let people know if a campus is the right one for them."
To find out more about applying to Bucks New University through Clearing go to its Clearing page or call its Clearing hotline on 0330 123 2023. Find out about Open Days at Bucks New University here.
Picture captions: Phil McDonnell and the Clearing hotlines at Bucks New University.