Clearing: 10 Things You Need to Know
Many students in England and Wales will soon receive their exam results. But what if they don't get the grades or do better than expected?
Dylan Cozens, a regional student recruitment manager at Coventry University, took the time to answer your questions about Clearing.
1. What exactly is Clearing?
Clearing is the process by which students can submit late applications to universities. It was originally created to assist students who couldn't obtain the required grades to be admitted to the university or course of their choice. Clearing is now a way for students to get into university. Clearing allows you to choose the direction you want, whether you have done well or not.
2. How can I locate a Clearing location?
Think about what course you would like to take and where you would like to go. Then, research which universities are most appealing to you and have available places on their courses. You can find a wealth information on different courses at UCAS.
Once you have narrowed your choices, you can get in touch our friendly Clearing team who will discuss your options with you and let you know what courses are available. If there are spaces available on the course you want, and you meet all the requirements, we may be able offer you a course or alternative that will allow you to continue on your chosen course. Your team will explain what to do next and how to accept the offer.
"Our team will do all they can to find the best course for you and your future.
3. What subjects can I study?
Clearing offers a variety of degrees from universities, though some courses are more popular than others. Before you can be accepted to certain degree programs, you might need to have a specific subject or have experience in that area.
4. Can I change my mind regarding which university I want to attend?
You can still join UCAS if you've already made your decision. Clearing can be'self-released'.
Self-release allows you to have greater control over your UCAS applications.
Instead of waiting for Clearing to release you from your college or university, contact your school and let them know. All placed applicants can now self-release using UCAS Track.
The process of self-release can be simple but there are several warnings that are given throughout to make sure you are aware of your actions. You should also ensure you have decided not to continue studying at the school of your choice. You can self-recharge by signing into UCAS Track and then clicking 'Decline my Place' on the homepage. You will be asked a drop-down question to confirm Step 2. After you have completed this, you will be able to move on to Clearing.
You will be advised to call the college or university that you made the mistake. Although your place might have been offered to someone else, there may be another course that is available.
Clearing can help me change universities because I've had better results than I expected.
"Yes. "Yes. This is possible through an adjustment process. More information about the Adjustment process can be found on UCAS's website.
6. What is Clearing plus?
Clearing Plus is a UCAS Track feature that allows you to see a list matched courses for you if your grades are not in line with what universities are looking.
The university will then see your details and contact you by phone or email if there is a spot available. Clearing Plus is available to those who already have a confirmed spot.
7. What are the important dates that I should know?
"Clearing began for entry in 2021 on July 5. You can contact us now if you have already received your results.
"On Tuesday, 10 August, the A Level and BTEC Results will also be announced. The Coventry University Clearing Hotline and Coventry University will also reopen.
"The last day to add a Clearing option in Track for 2021 entry, 19 October is the deadline. However, Coventry University Group offers November starting dates on some CU courses. Depending on which course you are applying to, you might still be able join us after 19 Oct. We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after receiving your results to ensure that we can confirm if there are any places on the course you are interested in.
8. Is it possible to visit universities and participate in an Open Day?
"Yes. Our next face to face Open Day for Coventry University's Coventry campus is on Saturday 7 August and we can't wait to welcome you on-campus. Open Day is for all students, regardless of whether they are current offer holders or not.
9. How do you arrange accommodation?
"We currently offer university-owned accommodation to Coventry University and CU Coventry students who have cleared.
After you accept an offer, our friendly operators will guide you through the process of securing accommodation.
10. How will September's university look?
Different universities have different teaching plans, so make sure you check before making your decision. Students learn best when they are together, so we plan to resume face-to-face learning and teaching on campus starting in September 2021. However, there are restrictions and guidance from the government.
Full-time students in most courses will be able to receive at least 10 hours on-campus teaching and learning per week. It is possible for this to vary from week-to-week during the semester. Final-year students who are working on a dissertation, final project, or postgraduate students will have less timetabled teaching, as is usual. Additional online learning and teaching will be offered in addition to the on-campus sessions.
We might be able help you if you're facing financial difficulties due to a change of circumstances.
We now offer an Undergraduate Clearing Bursary to UK clearing applicants. This award provides a $500 cash award.