You’ve taken your exams, paid your fees, and haven’t quite ended up where you wanted to for various reasons but there is no reason to be stressed out. That is what clearing is for. After you’ve gotten your results, you have plenty of options if you don’t have offers right away. All you have to do is log on to UCAS and you will see that there are plenty of universities that are in the same boat as you: searching for the perfect fit.
It is up to you to get everything ready so that you can search through availabilities and find a spot that works for you and your future.
What to Have Prepared
Before you go through the clearing process, you will want to have a couple things in order. Firstly, you will want to be sure that you are eligible for the process. This means that you do not have any offers, whether you have not received any or you have declined the ones that you did receive.
You also want to be sure that you have paid your application fee before you can move forward. Once you have made sure of your eligibility, it will be time to begin with Clearing 2018 and start calling universities where there are openings that need to be filled. But there are a few things that you’ll want to remember before starting this process as well.
Before Making Your Calls
These phone calls that you make are very important and also should be very respectful and professional. When calling to see if different universities and programs have an open spot, you want to be prepared with your clearing number as well as your exam scores and results. You also want to make sure that you have enough information about the vacancy so that you can ask relevant questions.
You may want to ask if they have accommodations available or if they need to see your exam certificate. You will also want to let them know why you’re interested in the vacancy and why you would want to be admitted to their university. Having some of these talking points prepared may make the process less stressful for you and make everything go much smoother on Clearing Day.
Also, if a university does not respond to your call, then you can send a brief email instead with all of the talking points listed above and they will get back to you at their earliest convenience.
Once You Have Made the Calls
Once you’ve made a verbal agreement with a university where you have been accepted for a vacancy, you will need to resubmit an application and wait for your offer to officially come in. Then you can begin to celebrate just the same as all of your other school mates.
Don’t let the process of applying to university stress you out and don’t let getting no offers get you down. The system of clearing is there to catch you and make sure that you end up exactly where you need to be to make the best of your education and your future.