A-Level Results: How To Get Through UCAS Clearing, When You Didn't Get The Grades For University

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18/08/2016 10:47 | Updated 18 August 2016

When your A-Level results weren’t what you were expecting and your future seems as unsure as ever, the Clearing process needs to be navigated. That’s if you actually want to go to university of course.

There’s no rush to make a decision. Clearing doesn’t even open until the afternoon on results days.

The first place to start is with the UCAS search tool. When you select where you normally live along with ‘Clearing 2015’, you’ll be shown all the available courses. You can also search using The Telegraph website.

Calling the universities and colleges you’re interested in during the day to discuss the course is vital. If you are sufficiently well prepared and demonstrate your suitability and passion for the subject, you may receive a verbal offer which you can confirm later.

Don’t forget that you can speak to as many universities and colleges as you like in Clearing, but you can only add one Clearing choice at a time – the one you want to accept.

Visit the university! If it’s possible during this process, try to have a look around the university or college offering a clearing place before you commit to it.

If the uni has offered you a place, they will update your status to show you’ve been accepted!

If you need any help at all during this process don’t forget to call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. The careers advisers at the end of the phone are highly experienced and will be able to guide and support you through the process. No question is too small!

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