You’ve received your A Level grades and it’s not the results you had hoped for. You may be feeling overwhelmed and emotional, but don’t panic, you still have options. Clearing gives you a second chance to find your perfect university place.

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Every year thousands of students find university places through UCAS Clearing. Last year on results day, our Clearing and Adjustment hotlines received 3,500 telephone calls before midday alone. Students found places on courses including medicine, physiotherapy, paramedic sciences and biomedical sciences.

Our Student Recruitment team have put together some top tips to help you navigate Clearing.

  1. Make the call yourself. Parents, teachers or friends can’t do this for you. By law universities can’t take details from anyone except the student themselves.
  2. Have everything ready. Have your UCAS application ID if you are already in the UCAS system, your A-Level results and your GCSE results plus details of the course you’re interested in and any questions you want to ask.
  3. Don’t worry if you’re upset! Admissions staff are used to students who’ve not got the grades they wanted ringing up in an anxious or panicked state, and are trained to help you through.
  4. Stay positive, calm and polite. You might be feeling stressed at having to change your plan, but bear in mind that you could find a great course at a university you love. This positivity will make sure you come across well when you talk to tutors.
  5. Approach each clearing conversation as an interview situation. Think carefully about the answers you can give to present yourself well. Be prepared to succinctly explain why you are interested in the course you are enquiring about and why your skills and attributes make you the right match for the programme.
  6. Ask about accommodation. Some universities will still have places available in their halls of residence and others will only be able to offer advice on finding accommodation in the local area. This is going to be your home for the first year of your studies so you need to make sure you are happy with what the university can offer you.
  7. Ask if there are any financial incentives, such as bursaries or scholarships, available in Clearing. Not all universities will have these available but, if the university you are speaking with does, you don’t want to miss out.
  8. Ask about work experience or other CV-boosting opportunities. Employers look for graduates who have practical skills, so it’s a good idea to plan how you are going to enhance these during your time at university.
  9. Make sure the university has the right contact details for you. Ask them to repeat your email and telephone number back to you to ensure you don’t miss any important messages from the university.
  10. Take action after your phone call. If you are offered a place, ask how long you have got to accept the offer. Being clear on the deadline will give you chance to weigh up your options. Once you’ve made your decision, do all the necessary paperwork in UCAS Track as soon as possible, and start preparing for your university life!

Visit our Clearing and Adjustment pages for more information about courses available at St George's.