Thursday, 16 August 2012


So the time has arrived and the big rush is here! For those who have got into their chosen universities and got the qualifications they were hoping for, congratulations! For those who haven’t, don’t worry, that is why we are here.

Firstly, DON’T PANIC, the world is not over if you don’t go to university this September, although it may feel like it, you should make sure you are doing a course you are interested in. Your university course is a big investment in your future. To help you along the way I have compiled a series of the top tips we have been providing in the clearing blogs so far:

  • Don’t refer yourself (also called adding your clearing choice) before you've been given an offer by a university. This means that other universities will not be able to see your details and you won’t be able to add a clearing choice when you do receive an offer. If you have done this it can be rectified, email asking to be released and it should be removed, normally within 48 hours.
  • Do put all of your qualifications from GCSES (or other Level 2 quals) upwards on your UCAS application, absolutely everything because we can only make a decision on what we can see there. We do not accept any additional information to what is on the UCAS form, no extra qualifications or personal statements, so make sure it is right first time.
  • It makes it much easier for us to help if you have your UCAS/GTTR Personal ID ready when you contact us. If you are applying for a postgraduate or part time course then we would like your application reference or student/banner ID.
  • If you want to apply for a full time Undergraduate or Teacher Training (incl. Primary PGCE Part Time) you must already have a UCAS or GTTR application that is in clearing. So you cannot be holding a place, any offers, or be referred to any institution. You can check this status on your UCAS/GTTR Track page. If you don’t have one of these applications yet you will need to create one, but be mindful that they take 48hours to process and for your details to become visible to us once you have submitted your finished application.
  • If you want to study a Postgraduate course or Part Time you can apply directly to the university via our online application system. There is not any deadline for applications but programmes will close either when they become full or when they start.
  • If you have taken a qualification to meet your conditions that is not automatically put onto UCAS then you will need to send proof in to the university before the 31st of August. This is easy to do, just scan the proof of your results and email it to
  • It’s never too late to work on gaining entry requirements. We ask for the same entry requirements from all applicants if they want a place on a full time undergraduate course, don’t be disheartened if you don’t meet these requirements, we can suggest ways you could obtain them. GCSEs and A Levels are readily available in distance learning modes from various companies, so you can keep working while you get ready to do the degree you want.
  • You cannot have any pending qualifications when applying for a course through clearing as we cannot give any conditional offers. This means if your GCSE results come out after you’re A Levels I am afraid you will have to wait.
  • If you haven’t done your Student Finance yet get your application in as soon as possible because that gives you the best chance of getting your money on time. If you have changed your university and/or course you should submit a change of circumstances to Student Finance England.
  • Remember that there are no guarantees in clearing, and although we will do anything we can to try and help you get the place you want there are no guarantees. We cannot guarantee that if you call back later a program will still have spaces or the same entry requirements. 
  • Some school want to look at the applications for their courses before a decision is made, this is normal and you will receive an email to let you know the outcome of your application. This could take anything from one day to a couple of weeks so don’t panic if you haven’t received anything and keep checking your email daily.
  • If you do get made an offer you have until midnight on the day you receive the email to add the university as you’re clearing choice on UCAS in order to accept. If you apply for multiple courses we can’t put the deadline back in order for you to wait and see if you get an offer for your other applications, so whether or not to accept is your choice.
  • You may want to know the exact number of places there is left on a program but we are afraid it’s a number we don’t have and that changes constantly during the clearing process, if we are still taking applications then there is still a chance of getting a place.
  • Remember that clearing entry requirements for courses can go up or down and even change during the clearing period. For this reason we won’t give them out, but we will be able to tell you whether you are eligible to make an application at that time.
  • If you have already been unsuccessful for a program we would not recommend reapplying during the clearing process unless you have resolved the reason your application was originally unsuccessful.
  • Due to the volume of applications during clearing we can’t provide feedback as to the reason why an application is made unsuccessful.

So now you know all of those things, if you are ready to apply or ask more questions feel free to contact us on 02083319000 or visit one of our reception areas. If you have questions but you don’t want to apply, or you just want to avoid waiting to get through, you could also contact us via email, live chat, Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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