Confused about UCAS clearing for university entrance? Here are five facts you need to know.
If you want to go to university but do not have an offer – or are worried about not being able to meet your offers – UCAS clearing could be for you. Clearing is where you can see last minute university places available and decide if any are suitable for you.
Here are five key facts:
There is no limit to the number of universities you may contact and you can receive multiple offers before making a decision;
Clearing moves quickly. Last year it was reported that most top university places were taken by 11 a.m.;
You need to do your own research. You may find The Telegraph/UCAS Clearing App that is available from The Telegraph useful. It’s free to download and enables you to search for live course vacancies at hundreds of universities – make sure to do this ahead of clearing;
Most of the work happens over the phone. Whilst you cannot add a Clearing course on UCAS Track until results day, you can be offered a place with a university over the phone prior to this;
Do not worry if you have not found a place by the end of results day. Clearing actually continues into September.