If you are in your final year of school, the A-level exams will be on your mind, and once they are completed, you can begin to think about the next stage of your education, which is of course, university. If you have finished your A-levels and you are optimistic about your results, it is likely you will gain admission into your preferred university, but in the event you have yet to find a placement, you will more than likely have to enter the clearing system.
The Clearing Process
In order to enter clearing in 2017 and the university clearing process, you must first register online with the UCAS website, and once you have done that, you can begin the process of searching for suitable courses and learning institutions. Clearing in 2017 will begin on August 17th in England, and August 8th in Scotland, and generally, all the available places will be filled within 7 days on the commencement date, so time is of the essence.
Be Calm and Polite
There is no time to lose and you are well advised to start calling your preferred universities as soon as the clearing begins. Of course, one should have already done the necessary research into suitable course before this time, and with a list in front of you, it is much easier to make enquiries.
Things you Will Need
Before making contact with any university, you will need to prepare the following:
- Your UCAS clearing number (which can be found on your tracking page)
- Your personal statement
- Your exam results
- A Pen and paper to make notes
Your personal statement might be the difference between success and failure, therefore you should spend some time compiling this. It should be positive and upbeat, and should outline your goals within the university system.
The phone is by far the best way to make contact, and before you begin, take a deep breath and have some idea what you will say when the call is answered. The admissions department are not overly impressed with students who have people make contact on their behalf, so make sure you call yourself. It might also be a good idea to do some research on each of the universities on your list, as you may be asked why you chose the university, and if you have something positive to say, this will stand you in good stead.
An Air of Confidence
This is essential, as it would be with a job interview, so try to avoid sounding desperate, and if you have done your homework regarding the university and the courses offered, you will sound like you are a person who knows what they want in life, rather than appearing to be desperate for any place.
With a little research and forward planning, you should be able to secure a place at your preferred university, and then you can turn your thoughts to a well-deserved break.