Many of you will be finding out which university you've got into soon so here's how to prepare for the big day!

*Results are released on Thursday 17th August 2017*


Don’t Panic!

  • Results Day is a nerve wracking day but don’t let the nerves and excitement stop you from thinking straight! On the day you will have teachers, friends and family to talk to so don’t be afraid to ask them for advice.
  • Lots of students do much better than they expect. Don’t forget that the opportunity to get your place on a course at a different university can still be attained through Adjustment if you get better grades than you expect.
  • Clearing and Adjustment are also open until September so you can always call the universities later if you need time to organise anything.


Basic Preparation

  • Eat Properly! Seems like a strange one but you don’t want to be celebrating or making important phone calls on an empty stomach. You’ll need all the energy you can get no matter the outcome.

  • Charge your phone. As a useful precaution, you’ll want to charge your phone. You may have to make long phone calls or you’ll have to make lots of calls to loads of different people to tell them your results!

  • Have your UCAS ID Number ready. This speeds up the process of checking your application, giving your information and educational details to the person on the other side of the line.

  • Have a pen and some paper ready. This will help you be ready to take down any phone numbers or email addresses if the department you wish to contact is busy.


Got Your Results. Now What?

Been accepted into your Firm Offer?

Congratulations! You’ve made it and all you need to do is celebrate and tell everyone about your wonderful achievement!


Missed your Firm Offer but met your Insurance Choice?

If the offer shows as ‘Unconditional’ then you’ve made it! Woohoo! This can take some time to update on UCAS Track so if you have any doubts, call the university and double check with them.


Missed Both Your Firm and Insurance Choice?

This is not the end of the world! You actually have several options to choose from.

  1. Enter Clearing and call up different universities to see what vacancies they have. You can also apply for foundation courses which can be a fantastic alternative to a Honours Degree. Keep reading to find out more below.

  2. Get a remark. If you feel getting a paper remarked will boost you to the grades that you need, it is important that you call the university as soon as possible to let them know that you are getting a remark. You must make a request for a Priority Remark as a standard remark won’t meet the deadline of 31st of August in time.

  3. Retake exams. If you feel this is the best option for you then talk to your teachers about how to arrange this.

  4. Don’t apply for university. You can attend university at any point in your life so don’t be afraid if you don’t go straight after completing school.

  5. Take a year out. The option to take a year out to work or travel is always open.


Entering Clearing & Adjustment

Basic Preparation

  • Make the phone calls yourself. Making important phone calls yourself can be a nervous experience but speaking directly to the other person on the Clearing & Adjustment line makes things much quicker for you when applying for a course. If you make the call yourself you can give your name, UCAS ID number and any other pieces of information far quicker than getting someone else to do it for you.

  • Talk to the other person with respect. If you find that you have been rejected from a university and are not sure why, calling up the institution to argue is not a constructive method of finding answers. The operators will naturally want to help you more if you are respectful than if they are spoken to with aggression by you or a parent.

  • Some universities do not consider total UMS points, they only consider the grades so be prepared to hear this if you have to call up a university about the status of your application.


Finding the right Course

  • Don’t leave it until the last minute. The best course of action is to check UCAS TRACK early. The earlier you find out the status of your UCAS application the sooner you can fix any problems (if any) and sort out any paperwork required (such as extenuating circumstances etc).

  • Vacancies can go quickly so it’s best to contact your chosen universities as soon as possible. Don’t rush into calling the universities because if you are unsure of what course you wish to apply for this can slow down the process and your call won’t be as effective.


Course vacancies that go quickly.

Some course vacancies go a lot quicker than others because they are more popular. Here are a few that tend to go quickly:

  • Psychology

  • Law

  • Geography

  • Veterinary sciences

  • Medical courses (such as biomedical science)


  • Consider alternative courses. If you find that you need to enter Clearing think about what degrees you wish to apply for. It can be tempting to enter degrees that directly relate to your A level or IB subjects but universities have a far wider variety of subjects and more niche courses that are worth taking into consideration. For example, if your A level subjects are English Literature, Geography and History, you can look beyond those three subject field and look at degrees such as Comparative Literature (Department of Languages, Linguistics and Film) or Environmental Science with Business management (Department of Geography with crossovers with Science and Business).

  • Taking a look at joint honour degrees is the best way to get the best of both worlds if you are still indecisive of choosing one field of study.

  • The best way to save yourself time is to have a look at what alternative courses might appeal to you the day before, just in case you have to enter Clearing or Adjustment. Vacancies are listed on UCAS before Results Day so take a look.

  • You can also look at university and module reviews to help you decide. We have over 34,000 different reviews so click here to read some!


Take your time

It can feel like a race to secure yourself a vacancy but if you rush you may find you’ve applied for a course you don’t know much about. This can make it less fun to study when you do start university so make sure you research your choices.


 Been offered a vacancy through Clearing or Adjustment?

Congratulations! You’re one step closer to going to your chosen university. The Clearing & Adjustment operator does not give you the offer. They only inform you if you are eligible. When the Clearing & Adjustment operator tells you that you are eligible for a vacancy here’s some tips for the next step:

  1. You will most likely be put through to speak to a member of staff in your dedicated department.

  2. Be prepared to answer questions such as “Why do you want to study here?” and why you want to study the course you applied for through Clearing.

  3. Pay close attention to any information you are told, such as when you will hear from the university and/or department and how they will contact you. It is the staff in your dedicated department who officially give you the offer so pay attention to your emails.

Still have doubts? Check out our Essential Clearing & Adjustment Guide for 2017

Stay calm and Good Luck!!


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