If your results weren’t what you expected, you may have found yourself in Clearing. If so, there’s no need to panic. Last year, 66,770 applicants secured a place through Clearing.
By now, you’ve probably had a look at our search tool for Clearing vacancies. If you’ve found the ideal course for you, that’s great news! But you shouldn’t rush your decision and add the choice in Track. You should call the uni first to make sure they still have vacancies, discuss your application, and check whether they can accept you.
In this blog, we’ve got some valuable advice from university staff on how to approach Clearing.
In 2018 there were 66,770 students who were accepted at universities and colleges through Clearing. Each year there are students throughout the UK who are succeeding in their studies and careers after using Clearing to get a place on their chosen course – let us introduce you to four of them...
BBB were the grades Jaz needed to study the engineering course she’d chosen, but on results day things didn’t go to plan. She had a big decision to make: re-take her exams, change direction altogether or look for a place in Clearing. She chose Clearing, and she’s glad that she did...
The Exam Results Helpline is preparing for another busy August helping stressed-out students and their families as 2019’s major exam announcements approach. The team of career advice experts provide free, specialised information, help and guidance to students who have higher or lower exam results than expected and want to know what to do next.
The helpline number 0808 100 8000 opens in Scotland first on 6 August, when Higher, Advanced Higher, National and Scottish Baccalaureate results are announced and closes North of the Border on 14 August.
The helpline number 0800 100 900 will then open for students in the rest of the UK on 14 August, and closes on 29 August, following GCSE results day. Follow on advice will be available from The National Careers Service to anyone that requires it after 29 August.
Students make the bulk of the calls, but a third are parents reviewing...
Apprenticeships are a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'. Saima, from PwC, shares her story.
Why did you choose the programme?
I chose the programme when I was deciding what to do with my future. I held a place at university to study international development, but I realised I didn’t enjoy classroom-based learning, and much preferred a more practical method of working. I knew more companies were offering apprenticeships, and had some friends who were looking into working at PwC, so thought I’d see if it was...
Throughout my time at school, I was unsure about what I would do afterward. I knew that I wanted to go to university but had no idea as to what I would study, where I would study or what career I would take afterwards – it took three personal statements to determine which course I ultimately chose.
After attending a UCAS event in London, I found out about IBM and their ‘Futures’ gap-year scheme. Although, prior to this, I had very little knowledge of IBM, I did a little research on the company and decided to apply. As I had just been rejected by the University of Oxford – my first-choice university – I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to take a short break from academia and gain invaluable experience in a fast-growing industry, before re-applying to university.
Just over a year later, as I am reaching the end of my gap-year, I stand by this decision 100% and wholeheartedly believe that...
School leaver programmes give you a direct route into the world of work. They allow you to learn new skills, meet new people, and earn a wage while you’re learning. Not sure if it’s the right path for you? Ziyad, from PwC, shares his story.
Why did you choose the programme?
I’ve always wanted to work in the accounting profession. I attended university for one year, but realised it wasn’t the right path for me, so I left to join the apprenticeship programme at PwC. I saw the value in getting into the workplace sooner, and gaining practical, hands-on experience.
What have you gained from the experience so far?
I’m a qualified tax technician, and have gained practical...
I am an Accounting and Finance student at Leeds Beckett University and I am currently on a placement year as part of my 4-year sandwich course. Amongst other Universities, Leeds Beckett offered the opportunity to take a year out for a placement and this forms part of your final grade as it is classed as a final year module. This really appealed to me as not only will it allow me to gain exposure in a real business environment, but it would also be something different to studying and working in the classroom.
I am on a year’s Finance internship at Dowty Propellers which is a subsidiary of GE Aviation. My role is very versatile as I am involved in all areas of finance, so each day is different depending on what is...
UCAS Undergraduate Apply 2020 is now up and running – so you can start filling in your application, ready to send it on its way to the universities in September. Even though your application deadline may seem ages away, it’s worth registering as early as possible to save any last minute dramas. If you’re unsure where you want to go or what you want to study, you don’t need to select your universities or courses just yet.
However, you can start by filling in the other sections so you’re ahead of the game. So, where do you begin?
Before you can start your application you need to register. When you register you’ll need to answer some basic questions about yourself....
I had written and submitted my UCAS application. I had taken an admissions test (and still had no idea how it had gone). Now it was time for the next step – the thing I dreaded most – the interview.
Unlike many other international applicants, I flew to the UK for my two interviews, both at the university I’m headed to this October. I wasn’t very comfortable with skyping, I guess… and I really wanted to visit London. Yep, I wanted to go to London.
Since a month or two before the trip, I’d been doing some light prep. I re-read books I’d
mentioned in my personal statement, such as Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd” and Charlotte Bronte’s “The Professor.” I’d read online that they would give me an unseen poem for me to analyse, so I worked on timed analysis with some poems I wasn’t very comfortable with, especially modern ones.
On my flight, I worked on my laptop, on which I had downloaded a bunch of PDF files of research papers and academic...
Apprenticeships are a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training, and study, letting you 'earn while you learn'. Scott, from PwC, shares his story.
‘I joined PwC as a higher apprentice in August 2013, in the Reading People and Organisation Tax Team, straight from sixth form, having just turned 18. I was very nervous prior to starting, as I had no experience of working in a corporate environment, but realised soon that I didn’t need to be anxious. There is a really good support network of buddies, mentors, and coaches to help get you up to speed as to what your job involves. Even from early...