Loughborough’s top tips to help you during Clearing
With results day on the horizon, Loughborough University has put together a series of ‘top tips’ to help students stay calm and to plan their next steps.
- Be prepared
Put Thursday 14 August in your diary and ensure that you don’t have any commitments on that day so that if necessary you are free to explore your options.
- Do your research
Although details of the courses available in Clearing/Adjustment won’t be known until later this week, start to do some research now. Remind yourself about the criteria you used when you did your original research to shortlist courses and universities. Think about which courses and universities you would consider if you don’t get the grades you need.
- Don't assume you've missed out on your place
If you’ve narrowly missed the conditions of your offer there’s still a chance that you will be considered either for the course you applied for or an alternative related programme. Check the status of your application on UCAS Track before doing anything else. So make sure you have your login details to hand.
- Stay calm
You’ll need to act promptly but there’s no need to panic. The UCAS website has loads of practical information about the Clearing process and you can search for details of the vacancies available before contacting universities. If you’ve done your preparation you should have some idea of which universities to contact first. Look carefully at the content of the courses available and make sure you understand what the degree actually involves.
- Keep an open mind
Consider alternative options. For example, instead of History would you consider History and Politics? If you have your heart set on a particular location check out the vacancies from the other universities located nearby.
- Be organised
Make sure you have your UCAS Personal ID, Clearing number and details of your qualifications and results before you start contacting universities. The universities won’t be able to help you without this information, and you don’t want to have to call back and join the end of the queue once you have found the information you need.
- Make the call yourself
Don’t ask your mum or dad to ring on your behalf – universities want to speak to you, not your parents!
- Visit universities
Go and see a university for yourself and speak to staff and students to decide if it’s the place for you. Many universities hold open days in August especially for those applying through Clearing/Adjustment. Loughborough will be holding an Open House on Saturday 16 August from 10am to 2pm.
- Stay positive
It’s likely that Clearing will involve some compromises, but don’t be disheartened. You may be setting off for a different university, to study a different course, but the opportunities to meet new friends and get involved in student life remain the same. Think positive and make the most of every moment!
Why choose Loughborough – see our dedicated Clearing website