Alex Hayman, Managing Director of Which? University, said:
“Today thousands of people throughout the country will be opening their A-level results and finding out what their next steps might be.
“If you’ve not hit the grades that you were hoping for, don’t despair. In 2017, almost 67,000 people successfully applied to university through Ucas Clearing, so there are still be plenty of options out there for you.
Advice on applying to university through Ucas Clearing:
- Don’t panic – It could be tempting to pick the first course you find through Clearing. Take some time to think and make sure the place you choose is the right course for you at the right university or college.
- Do your research – Courses can vary based on where you study. A course at one university may have the same name as a course at another university but it won’t necessarily cover the same subjects.
- Start looking straight away – While there are lots of courses available through Clearing, there are also a lot of other prospective students looking. Which? University offers a useful search tool to find similar courses that have slightly lower grade requirements.
- Be ready – There are certain details you’ll need in front of you when you call the admissions office of your Clearing choice. These will include your UCAS number, Clearing number and A level (or equivalent) / GCSE grades.
- Don’t apply for the sake of it – If you can’t find the right course and/or university for you then you might want to consider taking a year out and applying next year.
For more information about applying to university through Ucas Clearing, visit http://which.co.uk/clearing.