If you’re going into Clearing, you’ll need to speak to unis over the phone to try and gain a place, before adding them as a choice in your application.
We’ve put together some top tips for you to help prepare for the calls you’ll be making and maximise your chances of securing a place with minimal stress.
Reminder — you can use Clearing if:
- you’re applying after 30 June
- you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
- you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
- you've paid the multiple choice application fee of £26.50
- you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in your application
The first step is to have everything ready in front of you to help the process go as smoothly as possible.
- your Personal ID number
- your Clearing number
- your grades/UCAS Tariff points
- information about why you want a place: you’ll be speaking to unis about why you’re looking to join the course and your achievements, so have some bullet points written down in front of you
It’s also a good idea to grab a pen and paper and do a list of:
- the uni name
- phone number
- course code and title
Leave space to note down anything important – you can then concentrate on making the calls without confusing the courses or unis.
Try and find a nice quiet environment with good phone signal to take the calls. You want to make sure you can clearly hear each other.
Make sure you research the uni and the course before picking up the phone. If you can’t demonstrate why you want to go, you may not be offered a place.
Find out some key information about them first. You could use uni websites, league tables, and chat to current students on Unibuddy to help you.
You might feel panicked if you need to call lots of unis but, remember, there are lots of places available and you’ve got plenty of options other than just doing an undergraduate degree – such as an apprenticeship.
Just because you turned down a place at a uni before, it doesn’t mean you can’t try and get another offer. Especially if you visited the campus and it felt like a good fit for you.
There’s nothing wrong with looking back at institutions whose offers you previously declined, especially if it’s somewhere you’ve visited and liked – Rob Evans, Head of Admissions at University of Sussex.
- It’s a busy time but be sure to make an informed decision. Don’t call out of desperation, make sure it’s somewhere you actually want to study.
- If you had your heart set on a specific course or uni and you didn’t get the grades, you may want to consider reapplying the following year or taking a gap year.
- You could even look at options like foundation years to still study the course you wanted to do, at the same provider.
- And don’t forget that a lot of courses will have similar routes – didn't get accepted to a business studies degree? Why not try marketing or accounting, for example.
Phoning a uni is the most common way to get a Clearing place. But for those who can’t speak on the phone, there will be other ways to reach out – for example live chat functions and social media platforms.
If you don’t like the phone, we’ll have all sorts of other ways to communicate, so please do reach out – Rob Evans, Head of Admissions at University of Sussex
Make sure you look after your wellbeing around results day.
Drink plenty of water, get out for some fresh air, and don’t rush. For support and advice on looking after your wellbeing, visit Student Space for helpful tips and advice.