When you need plan B: ten reasons to use Clearing

It’s an anxious time if you’re one of the 273,000 students holding the offer of a university or college place, waiting to receive your A level results on Thursday 17 August.
Posted Mon 14 August 2017 - 11:58

You can sign in to the UCAS Undergraduate Track service from 08:00 on 17 August, to see whether your university place has been confirmed.

If you find that your results aren’t what you need and you still want to go to university this year, or you’ve only just decided you now want to apply to university, Clearing offers a trusted and straightforward way to find a course that’s right for you. Helen Thorne, UCAS’ Director of External Relations, explains why:

  • Almost 65,000 people found their university or college place through Clearing in 2016 – more than ever before.
  • This means one in eight students who got into higher education last year used Clearing.
  • Of these, 15,000 people applied after they got their exam results.
  • It’s likely there will be around 40,000 courses with vacancies across a huge range of subjects listed in Clearing, so universities and colleges will be keen to hear from you.
  • Most universities now recruit students through Clearing for some of their courses, including those with the highest entry requirements.
  • Students from outside the UK can use Clearing too – last year, almost 6,000 EU and international applicants got in through Clearing.
  • 89% of students who used Clearing last year said they found the service useful.
  • Close to half of those using Clearing will be placed by the Monday after A level results day.
  • Clearing vacancies can be found on ucas.com from July to the end of September.
  • UCAS is the world’s largest central admissions service for higher education, and our team is ready to offer help and support on A level results day. Last year saw around 300,000 Clearing searches, and we answered 15,804 phone calls, 1,314 enquiries through Facebook, and 1,352 enquiries through Twitter.

If you think you might want to use Clearing, do some homework in advance. All the information you need, including easy ‘how-to’ videos, is on ucas.com/clearing2017.

You can ask the UCAS advisers questions via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ucasonline, and on Twitter @ucas_online.


About UCAS

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is a charity and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from around 700,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses, at around 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

UCAS Press Office: 01242 545 469
communications@ucas.ac.uk

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