Waiting for your university acceptance letter is both exciting and stressful. Will you be going to the university of your choice? Will you be going at all? What will you do if you are not accepted? How will this affect your future choices?
Not getting into the university that you applied to doesn’t mean that you won’t get to earn your chosen degree. The UCAS clearing process may have solutions for you. Universities that have openings fill these places through clearing. Here are five things that you need to know about the process.
Who Is Eligible for Clearing?
Clearing begins on the same day that A-level results are released. This is usually in mid-April and it runs until the third week in October. To be eligible for clearing, you must meet at least one of these requirements:
- You applied to university after June 30
- None of the universities that you applied to made you an offer.
- You did not meet the requirements of the universities that you applied
- You have yet to apply to any universities.
How to Apply
You will need to register and fill out an application through the UCAS. After registration, you will receive a welcome letter in the mail. The letter will include your clearing number and how to use Track
You will need to find the universities that have free spaces in their courses and contact them. You can find a complete list of universities at ApplytoUni. When you find the courses that interest you, the next step is contacting the university.
What You Need to Get an Offer
Don’t waste any time. Once clearing opens, courses fill up quickly. When calling the admission offices, you will need to have your UCAS number handy. The admissions officer will also want to know the results of any tests that you have taken.
When contacting universities, be polite and stay calm. Get organised before you start making phone calls. Besides your UCAS number and exam results, have a pen and paper handy along with your personal statement.
How Many Universities Can I Apply to?
You can apply to as many universities as you like. For this reason, you may want to start with your first choice and work your way down your list. If you get an offer from one that interests you, accept it. If you wait to hear from a different school, you may lose that place. While you are not limited in how many you apply to, you can only accept one offer.
I Have an Offer
Congratulations on getting an offer! Now you need to add your university choice on your Track page. You may only add one choice at a time, if your choice isn’t confirmed by the university, you may add a different one.