Clearing 2021 – A short guide

A quick guide for Clearing...

By Bsyn Support

Report 10 Aug 2021

Getting your results can be a difficult time for many people. It will be especially so if you don’t get the grades you expected, or even worse, the grades you need to go to university. Clearing was introduced just over five years ago and is an important process that allows all students to find a place at a different university. This insight has been designed to give you the information and advice you need for Clearing, what it does and how it works.

What Clearing does

Clearing offers real flexibility for students. Under it, you can go to a different university from the one you originally applied to, meaning you won’t have to go back to a previous college or sixth form. It also allows you to enter your first choice university at a later date (semester and year) if there are still spaces available.

How it works

Going through Clearing is a fast-moving process. It opens at 8 am on August 10th and continues to accept applications until 5 pm. However, places are allocated on a first-come basis so the earlier you apply, the better your chances of being successful. You can check your status any time via Track (UCAS’ clearing system) or you can check places on university websites.

A common myth: Clearing is not a second chance for your existing university applications! It is another entirely new application to university – you don’t just change your mind and get a new place for the same course.

The process

You must fill out a UCAS form (known as an AS95), this form will be available on Clearing websites or you can get it through UCAS Track. You need to fill in your AS subject grades and BTEC grades. If your application at that university is successful, the Clearing Point (the Clearing team at the university) ask for original copies of certificates by post/courier. The form is then carefully checked by the university’s staff. This can take a few days, especially if the form is handwritten. You are then given a Clearing number which you need to quote for every application that you make on Clearing websites.

Our top tips

1. Check Clearing before results day (August 10th) – The last place you want to check is on results day – don’t leave it till then! Make sure your UCAS Track shows that a place has been offered to you and that going through Clearing is in fact an option at your chosen university.

2. Keep calm on results day – Don’t go running around campus on 10th August, as it will distract you from your tasks. Instead, make a plan of action and stick to it: visit websites early (8 am), phone helplines, visit Clearing fairs and talk to university staff.

3. Be prepared for disappointment – It is likely that there are some places available at your chosen university if you didn’t get the results you wanted. However, it’s also possible that others may have gotten to those places before you.

4. It isn’t the end of the world! – Not making it into your first choice university isn’t the be-all and end-all. Many students have gone on to study at universities that weren’t their first choice and still had an amazing experience and went to be successful! But if worst comes to worst and you truly don’t wish to go to any university other than your first choice, then there is always next year! There is nothing shameful about retaking.

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