Preparing for clearing and navigating the process of applying to universities through clearing is important to many students planning on going to university.
I have put together some pointers, along with guidance from Wrexham Glyndwr University’s admissions team, on what students can do to make sure their clearing experience is simple and straightforward.
When thinking about places to go to university, students should have a list of questions that are most important to their needs. There are some go-to questions that will determine where they apply, including:
To make sure that students end up at a university that really suits their needs, they should additionally think about some extra questions relating to what they think is most important:
When students think about the answers to these questions, they can better visualise themselves at a university that meets their needs.
The reality is that although teachers and parents want to help out students as much as possible throughout this process, they are fairly limited in what they can do to help applicants as they go through clearing.
The universities students contact will want to speak to students directly and not teachers or parents. This may seem daunting, but rest assured that admissions teams are used to asking for the correct details from students. As long as students have:
Then the admissions teams will be able to look into advising them on their options.
Although universities may not be able to offer students the course they originally applied for, they may suggest another degree which they feel aligns with the results and interests of the applicant.
This may sound strange, but students may find that the suggested course suits them better than the one they originally applied for.
With the clearing checklist and course specifications in mind, students should make sure to not rush into a decision. This is especially applicable if they are offered a different course than the one they originally applied for.
Students should go through their clearing checklist and weigh up their options after contacting universities before deciding where to go. This will ensure that they are prepared for the clearing process and that they will make the right decision to start the right course at the right university for them.
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