Clearing: be prepared, Ucas urges students

The TES is reporting advice from Ucas that students should be prepared for clearing ahead of results day.

Courses with vacancies will be online from 6pm on Wednesday 12 August: the evening before A-level results day.

From 8am on Thursday, candidates will be able to log on to the Ucas Track service. While this won’t give them their A-level results, it will allow them to see whether their university place has been confirmed. If it hasn’t, then candidates will be told that they are eligible to use clearing – the system that matches unplaced applicants with suitable vacancies.

About 30 per cent of students each year are not accepted into their first choice of university. Some two-thirds of these still secure a university place in the days after A-level results have been published: roughly half take up their insurance university choice and half go through clearing.

Last year, of the 512,000 people who secured a higher education place through Ucas, 61,300 were accepted through clearing.

However, Ucas stresses that it is vital to act quickly. Approximately half of students using clearing will have secured a place at university by the Monday after results day…

More (including a helpful infographic of the process) at: Clearing: be prepared, Ucas urges students


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  1. PhilosRE

    MaryMyatt we went through that last year! This year my second son has an unconditional offer so the pressure is off ☺

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