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UCAS Clearing In Five Steps

Clearing in five steps

Clearing is the way that universities fill any spaces that they have left on courses. Find out all about UCAS Clearing in Five steps, as well as how to go through the Adjustment process.

Clearing opens on July 5th 2016, which is the results day for International Baccalaureate (IB) students and closes on September 30th 2016.

What happens if I don’t get the A-level results that I need?

If you don’t get the results you need, if you don’t get any university offers, or if you didn’t apply for university before June 30th, which is the deadline set by UCAS, you may go through the Clearing process – here’s how:

UCAS Clearing in five steps

UCAS Clearing in five steps

Clearing is the process by which you apply for university courses if you missed the original deadline or missed out on your place.

Do I have to pay for UCAS Clearing?

If you only applied for one course in your initial UCAS application, you will need to pay a top-up fee of £11 to access UCAS Clearing. If you paid the fee for multiple applications originally then you will not have to pay anything to access Clearing.

What if my exam results are better than I expected?

If you came away with better results than you were expecting, well done you!

Now, if you want to, you can change your application and apply for a different course or for a similar course at a different university. Maybe you’d dreamt about applying to a certain university, or for a particular course, but didn’t believe that you would get the necessary grades – well hey! Now you have, so go ahead if you want to.

Tip – It might be a good idea to have a copy of your personal statement handy when you start calling universities.

If you decide that you want to trade up, you can go through a process called Adjustment.  You can access Adjustment until the end of August, and as with Clearing, if you only applied for one course previously, you’ll have to pay an additional £11.

Adjustment – what to do

  • Register with UCAS Track and make sure that you have your personal ID ready. Once you have registered with Track, telephone the universities that you are interested in and sell yourself to them.
  • Important! You only have one choice when you go through Adjustment, so don’t accept any offers until you are absolutely certain of your choice.
  • Your unconditional firm offer will be safe while you look at Adjustment places, so you don’t need to worry about losing your original offer.
  • Once you’re sure, accept your place over the telephone and the university admissions team will add this to your application and Track will be updated.

So, there you have it – UCAS Clearing in five steps for if you need it and all you need to know about going through the Adjustment process.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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