Every year, thousands of UK – and global students – jostle for university placement, and if this is soon to be your experience, then you need to be very well prepared. In many ways, clearing is a race, and providing you plan ahead, act promptly and professionally, there’s no reason why you won’t get to study and the university of your choosing. If you are about to enter this year’s clearing 2018, or even next year, here is a very clear and concise guide on preparing for clearing in the UK.
- Preparation – Just as revising is critical for passing exams, so is preparation an essential component of successful clearing. Remember that you are not the only person who has chosen your specific courses and institutions, and in order to be in that top group that enjoy 100% success and get to go where they want and study the right courses. Preparation means getting in touch with the UCAS – who can be found at https://www.ucas.com/ – and registering, which will give you a clearing number. This clearing number must be given when contacting any university with a view to enrolling.
- Personal Statement – This is something that could mean the difference between acceptance and refusal, and you should prepare yours as soon as possible. You also need to think about answers to questions like, “Why do you want to study at this university”, or “What inspired you to take this direction in your career?”
- Brush Up on your Telephone Etiquette – While we now have many powerful online tools, when it comes to clearing, the good old telephone is the best way to secure a placement, and clearing begins on Results Day, which happens to fall on August 15th in 2018. You should begin early, and don’t be put off if the lines are always busy, and simply keep trying until you eventually get through. How you present yourself on the telephone could be critical in your quest for the right university, and the administrators who answer the calls are human beings, and therefore, respond well to courtesy and professionalism.
- Essential Details – You will need your A-Level grades, your clearing number and also a pen and notepad, as you will be given a lot of information over the next few hours. If you don’t have a neat jotting system, at the end of the ordeal, you won’t have a clue who the notes refer to, so use a new page for every university, and write down people’s names, as you will likely need to to speak to them again.
- Be Persistent – Nothing that is of any value comes easy, and this certainly applies to university clearing, with thousands of other young hopefuls, all vying for a limited number of places, and there might be times when you feel like giving up, but you should remain focused and above all, upbeat. Some might say there is an element of luck involved, in as much as you might make the call ahead of others who are looking for the same placements as you.
Clearing can be a stressful experience, but if you take all of the above into account and plan well, there’s no reason why you won’t be successful in your quest for the perfect university placement.