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Ucas Clearing Should Be Scrapped, Majority Of Students Say

Those who use Clearing are 'ashamed', survey finds.

31/03/2016 12:34 | Updated 31 March 2016
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Over 6,000 students took part in The Student Room survey on Ucas Clearing

A majority of students believe the Ucas clearing system has a bad reputation and should be scrapped.

A new survey has found 59% of students want university admissions to change completely, while 52% thought the current system had a "bad reputation".

The findings also reveal a startling conflict of opinion.

While some 48% said they were too ashamed to admit finding a place through clearing, one-in-five said they'd judge those who did as "desperate".

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59% of students surveyed said they wanted to see Ucas Clearing scrapped entirely

Ucas, the universities and colleges admissions service, is funded by fees charged to colleges and universities - as well as money from advertising.

It helps connect university applicants and institutions.

What is Clearing?

In a UCAS Undergraduate application, Clearing is another service you can use to look for alternative courses.

If you didn’t get a place on a course – whether you didn’t receive offers, declined your offers, or didn’t get the grades you needed – Clearing allows you to apply for courses that still have vacancies.

Source: Ucas

The Student Room asked 6,300 of its members about university admissions last month.

Hannah Morrish, education community manager at The Student Room, said: "Students feel the university they choose and the offer they get defines what they can hope to achieve.

"Clearing reinforces that despite their best efforts they weren’t good enough and missed the goal they’ve been working towards over the last year.

"That can be really disheartening."

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Clearing is seen as the option of last resort by around one-in-five of those students surveyed

Morrish continued: "Students have picked up on the increase in offers that are lowered on results day which is making them question the value and honesty of the offers they’re receiving.

"Some students are asking their teachers to predict higher grades so they can apply to higher tariff universities that are known to discount offers at the last minute."

Ucas refused to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK.

The organisation stopped plans to allow students to apply to university after receiving their A-level results after it discovered "insurmountable" problems.

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