Now this isn’t a usual post you’d find on Dinosaur Dances, but after my disastrous results day last year I ended up going through the process of clearing and thought I’d share my two cents on the subject. As results day is just around the corner (Thursday to be precise) I’ve decided to write a little guide to navigating the UCAS Clearing system!
I hadn’t look into clearing before results day as I was clearly too scared to even think I could get a B in Biology and miss out on my place at the University of Bath, however as you can see from my vlog of the entire day, that is exactly what happened!
Before you get started it’s most likely you’ll have a good ol’ cry about the fact you haven’t got into your chosen university and you feel like the world is collapsing around you and there’s no way out. However this isn’t true (try telling myself that last year) and you’ll probably end up doing something 10x better!
Now onto the actual process of clearing!
Firstly you’ll need to look on the clearing section of the UCAS website and search by course to see which universities have places available. From this you’ll have to see if any will be suitable!
Lancaster had places available for Marketing but I’d decided on an open day that it just wasn’t the place for me. However York had places on their Management course and although I’d never been I knew the city was beautiful and it was a campus university similar to Bath.
After some cake and consideration I decided that although the course wasn’t exactly what I was planning, York would be a great place to study.
Once you’re decision is made then comes the tricky bit, phoning the universities (I hate phoning people). Now it may be as simple as ringing the uni clearing line, they offer you a place, it all goes through and hey presto you’re off to uni!
I however was still in contract with my insurance offer from Newcastle University (I decided this was too close to home) so I had to beg them to release me as York were unable to see my results and therefore unable to confirm an informal offer. Newcastle didn’t want to release me until I had confirmed a new offer, and so you can see a vicious circle! Once Newcastle had finally released me I was able to ring York and confirm my informal offer.
Now you must head back onto the UCAS website and your application will be in clearing, so go ahead and add a clearing choice (your informal offer). The university will receive this and officially accept you onto the course.
And that’s results day clearing complete, you deserve a medal for all the stress!
But in all seriousness, although going through clearing nearly broke me, I have had the best year at the University of York! I’ve made life long friends, amazing memories and ended up with 1st in all my maths modules (take that, C at AS Maths).
I’m sure you won’t need this guide and that you’ll do fabulously, but I hope this helps you feel a little more prepared for results day.