As a parent or carer, helping your young person get into university can be a difficult time for you too, especially if you didn't go yourself and so haven’t experienced how it all works.
Understanding all the different words and phrases involved, and the timelines for when decisions need to be made, can leave you wondering what’s going on, so we've put together this comprehensive guide to understanding what's going to happen, when, and how you can provide the support needed by your young person if they need to change their plans.
Clearing is a system that allows students who have not received their firm or insurance offers (explained further down the page) to find a university place. Because the official deadline for applying to university it is often seen as a “last minute” way to apply, but lots of students now use it as their main route onto a course. It’s a two-part process:
If a student already has an accepted place at a university but has changed their mind, there’s a process to follow to officially say “no” before they are allowed to be accepted at another university.
There are a lot of words and phrases that are used during the Clearing process. Here are the key ones to know:
Clearing typically runs from the day after A-level results day until the end of September. However, we can offer places much earlier than that if the circumstances are right.
Here are some tips on how you can help your child through Clearing: