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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