Ucas Clearing

Clearing Is An Opportunity, Not A Last Resort

Professor Mike Thomas | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Professor Mike Thomas

This week is a nerve-wracking time for young people all over the UK. A-level results day will see tens of thousands of sixth form and college students...

Five Tips To Help Your Child During Clearing

Annette Demetriou | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents
Annette Demetriou

It's that time already: clearing. For many, it will just be another day in the week. Nothing important or out of the ordinary will happen, other than you might catch a glimpse of a scared-stiff teen live on the BBC or ITV opening up their A Level results.

The Ultimate Guide To A-Level And GCSE 2017 Results Day

Alex Dyer | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Just like with the exams themselves, you want a fully-functioning brain in case you have to make an important decision regarding your university choices, clearing or taking a year out.

Cruising Through Clearing: Organise Last Minute Accommodation With Zero Stress

Lee McLean | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lee McLean

No sooner are you celebrating securing that all important place on your course, you find yourself faced with a host of practicalities to organise. The most pressing of which is making sure you'll have a roof over your head in your new city. While this is exciting, it can undoubtedly be stressful.

Good Education Is About More Than Top Marks

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Lots of people assume that getting the best marks leads to going to the best universities, and from there to the best jobs - but this isn't entirely t...

Disappointing A-Level Results? Don't Panic!

Frederika Roberts | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Frederika Roberts

13th August 2015 is the day many 18-year-olds will have been both eagerly awaiting and dreading since finishing their exams in June. A level results ...

Clearing Tips for Parents

Pete Edge | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

'Clearing', the process that helps university applicants without places find institutions with courses that still have places available, can be one of the most stressful periods in the life of a student... Here are some tips to get you and your student successfully through the process.

Prospective Uni Students Have No Back-up Plan, Survey Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Ben Jackson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It's a scary thought, and we're sorry for bringing it to your attention, but what will you do if you don't get the right grades for university? Man...

Study Abroad as a Way to Make Clearing Less Daunting

Anna Boyd | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Boyd

A-Level results day can be one of celebration or commiseration with thousands of students facing the prolonged agony over the coming days of whether they have been able to secure a place at university through the mad scramble often associated with the clearing process.

A Fall in A-Level Top Grades? I'm Glad I Chose the International Baccalaureate

Shanna Engelhardt | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Shanna Engelhardt

As the 300,000 A-level students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their results, the media was quick to announce the fall in the proportion of A-levels awarded top grades, for the second year running.

Clearing - My Experience

Matt Long | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Long

If you missed your grades on Thursday, remember to be open-minded and stay positive. I had not considered Greenwich University despite the fact that they offered the ITMB course that I wanted to study and I have had the most amazing three years. I haven't looked back, you have to take the opportunities and challenges life throws at you and turn them in to positives.

Clearing Could Be the Making of You

Dale Bilson | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dale Bilson

I cried a little. My mother cried a lot. My father, ever the pragmatist, just asked what I had to do next. I had no idea. I had a lump in my throat, and I felt ashamed. The only sensible thing seemed to go into school...

Didn't Get Your A-Level Grades, What Now?

Alex Dyer | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Clearing: if you've just missed out on your conditional offer don't worry, call both Universities and see what they say. I would advise you to write four or five bullet points down which you can refer back to when you're on the phone.

Clearing 2013: Where to Start on Results Day

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John MacLachlan

Clearing is a system run by UCAS that matches up students to available university places once A-level and Scottish Higher results are released in mid-August. If you have got the grades you expected and have an offer in place, you don't need to worry about clearing.

Calling Universities for Clearing 2013: What to Ask and What to Avoid

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John MacLachlan

It's that time of year when students the length and breadth of the country wait with baited breath to hear if they have been successful in attaining the necessary grades to get into the university of their choice. For many, the outcome won't be as they had hoped (or expected), in which case, it's time to turn their attentions to Clearing 2013!

How Do I Choose The Right University? UCAS Reveals All

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Choosing the right university is never easy. Do you go for a city with good nightlife? A top institution? The best course? Luckily, we've got Sophi...

A Rock Star's Guide to Coping After Not Getting Your Grades at School

Alice Cooper | Posted 16.10.2012 | Home
Alice Cooper

So I've heard that this week is the dreaded week when students find out whether or not they got the A-level grades they were after. Scarier than Halloween? Maybe. Sure I think education is super-important, and hopefully the effort you put into your studies will wow the crowd and get you where you want to go. But now I think it's time to tell you a little story about my total complete lack of academic will power. It's this underlying lack of interest in all of the pencils, books, teachers, dirty looks... all of this led me to write a song called School's Out. Maybe you've heard it...

Lucy Sherriff

EXCLUSIVE: Thousands Of Students Left In Limbo By Ucas Errors

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of students have been left in the dark as to whether or not they have been accepted into their chosen universities, after several Ucas blund...

UCAS Clearing: Six (Rather Harsh) Choices to Make

Korina Karampela | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Korina Karampela

I'd like to share six (rather harsh) choices I suggest your children consider, if they plan to enter Clearing. As George Clooney's character Chris Kelvin (the protagonist in the sci-fi movie Solaris) says: "There are no answers, only choices."