Read our top tips on how to prepare for applying through the Clearing and Adjustment process.
Research universities and courses
In the run up to Clearing and Adjustment, do some research online and write down a list of course options. From this you can make a shortlist of your top choices. Ensure this is based on what’s important to you, for example, you may be specifically interested in support services, and extra curricular activities, as well as entry requirements. In the current circumstances, you will also want to find out how much of your teaching will be conducted face to face or online.
Speak to current students online
One of the best ways to find out about universities is to chat to current students and hear about their experience. Unibuddy is a great platform for this. You can chat to students based on their course, or where they’re from.
Consider alternative courses
Have a think about other options in case your initial plan or shortlist falls through. This might mean looking at different courses or subjects than you had originally considered. Look for courses that you might also enjoy studying, with equal or lower entry requirements. If you have a career in mind, are there any other subjects that can get you there?
Familiarise yourself with the application process
Find out how you should be contacting universities to apply. This year we’re asking all applicants to complete our online application form via our website - this is the quickest way to receive a decision from us.
Prepare for an interview (if needed)
For certain courses, you may need to attend a remote interview. It’s important to find out now so that you can start doing some preparation in case you are invited. Details of which courses require interviews in Clearing and Adjustment are published on our website. As interviews will be held differently this year, you should also look at how these will work and send any queries in advance.
Keep results day free
Make sure that if you’re getting your results on A Level results day, that you have a free day in case you want to go through Clearing and Adjustment. You will need to make applications, and be ready to make and receive phone calls. You’re going to be more relaxed if you’re at home.
Remember to stay calm if you can and carefully consider all your options. You’ll want to act quickly to secure a place but don’t rush if you aren’t sure. Remember it’s a good idea to voice your thoughts and discuss your decisions with family and friends.
Have your UCAS ID and results to hand
Get the right documentation together in advance – this will make it easier for you on the day to submit your application. Here’s what you need to apply to St George’s.
Your UCAS personal ID number.
Your level 2 (GCSEs or equivalent) and level 3 (A Level or equivalent) results, or your degree result.
UCAT or GAMSAT score (for Medicine applications).
Your email address.
A contact telephone number.
Which course(s) you want to apply for.