Judging a University By Its Cover: Reasons To Attend a University Open Day

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University Open Days are a good way for an applying student to feel the ambiance of the university itself. But don’t get too excited, Open Days are made so that a university can show off its best parts. It is organized with that in mind, so remember that they are doing this to keep you interested, whatever happens. We will give you a list of reasons why going to Open Days are absolutely essential, minus the marketing and cosmetics that universities put during those days, of course!

Atmosphere:

– To make a good decision, there must always be human intuition. Feeling that something is the right decision to make is one of the top factors in picking choices. Nothing beats human intuition. And in this case, feeling the atmosphere of the school itself firsthand is one way of knowing if you like it there. Try feeling the vibe of the place, and if you think it suits you, then put that university in your UCAS application! Or maybe not yet, since we’ll mention a few more considerations to do. Also, be sure to reassess yourself if the atmosphere feels genuine enough before you give your overall rating (if there was a rating of some kind)!

Subject Talks:

– Also considered as one of the major factors in going to an Open Day is attending subject talks. You have the chance to visit the department of the course you might study in that particular university. If you want to know the differences about courses and what they actually are, this is the right time for you to weigh them. Don’t worry, you can visit multiple departments, if you are curious of what other courses or subjects offer during the semester itself, and where it would lead you in the future.

Course Facilities:

– Some students fancy a course because they get to be jolly inside a fully-equipped laboratory and so much more. During Open Days, you can assess every facility that is available to you, and how much that particular university cares that your course gets the best equipment available in the market.

Meeting Current Students:

– Universities like to enlist current students that they have during Open Days, so they will most likely run tours, demonstrate whatever work they’re doing, and be able to entertain any answers from passers-by. This is one of the best opportunities to learn more about the university, because most students don’t have an agenda. They will answer your questions thoroughly and honestly, so that you’ll have an idea of what they experienced already. You may talk about anything–from how the professors teach, to how good the nightlife is. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Touring the Halls of Residence:

– Most of you would be moving away from home during your university stay for three to four years, and it would be extremely wise if you’d visit that university’s Hall of Residence, so you’ll get a glimpse of where you might be staying, if you are to move away from your parents. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to live in a good apartment, right? Touring with student accommodation in mind might give you a hint of how the university is keeping the students supported in terms of their standard in living.

Visiting the Locale:

– Of course, it’s normal that you wouldn’t just study once you’re in university. That would be borderline boring. There’s also plenty of time for hanging out and meeting new friends! It would be advisable to walk through the surrounding areas and see the nearest amenities from your university. Just remember, don’t drink and party too much!
So, there you have it, ladies and gents! We hope these reasons are enough to make you book yourself into one of your prospect university’s Open Day! Just like we’ve mentioned, it is a great way to assess universities firsthand, without having to be out in the blind of everything! We hope this proved useful to you, in some way!

Making The Decision That Will Change Your Life

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It has come down to this. After reading multiple articles on the internet, you are going to make the choice that will ultimately be the deciding moment of your life. For this task, you might want to compile a list of possible universities that you are eyeing for.

Most of the time, location is one of the most important things to consider. This will immediately trim down the list of universities by almost a half. Some would go to great dangers just to go to a prestigious or high-ranking university, and find out if they can meet the requirements, whether they are near that university or not. Obviously, a lot of factors are to be considered in getting the list to be filtered in a way that suits you. Find what’s the most important factor for you, and work it down from there.

Once you have a trimmed list of universities, begin scouring for more detailed information about those universities. Your first main sources of information would be the undergraduate prospectus of a university, its website, and/or its app. Note: remember that these sources of information are made by marketing people, so they are designed to keep the university attractive in your eyes. They will provide you the basic things you need to know about the institution including course details, facilities, and the entry requirements. They will give you a sense of what the university’s priority is. The website of a university usually has the most up-to-date modules and financial information. Websites sometimes provide a virtual tour of the university.

Another way of easily acquiring a bunch of prospectuses and booklets from different universities is by attending college fairs. During these fairs, universities will be given the opportunity to give information about their university to a huge group of people, and they will be open to questions regarding the university that they’re representing.

One of the best things to do when making your decision would be to visit the universities themselves! There’s absolutely nothing that can compare to the experience of seeing things for yourself. You’ll be able to feel the atmosphere of the university during their Open Day and see if it’s suited to your liking. You can also see how far you will have to work from a place to another. Basically, it’s seeing if you’ll like it there or not, for just one day! Just remember, open days are designed so you could see the university at its best, just like in prospectuses or websites. So you must be critical on seeing things, and not base your stay in a particular line that you heard in a lecture or a place you’d like to hang out on that university. If you are not able to go during the Open Day schedule, some departments might consider making arrangements for you so you could visit during the summer.

If you are still unsure and you want to have different perspectives, it always is a good alternative to talk to friends, family, career advisers and others who might be able to help you smooth out your decision. It is good to talk, yes, but also remember that your parents or other older people have been to a certain university about ten or fifteen years ago or more, and times have truly changed. What seems to be the case back then might not be the same today. Their opinions are valued, but also trust in what you feel is right.

 
We would like to give you a checklist to fill up, but we think it’s better if you make your own. In that case, you can customize your decision in a way that you feel that it’s truly yours. There’s nothing better than having to pick for your own sets of mistakes, right? Just joking! But truly, it would be best to create your own filter of these universities. And we hope that after a few twitches and considerations, you’ll arrive to your conclusion!

Fancy Seeing A Laundrette? Choosing a University Through Its Facilities

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All universities have something in common. What’s that? That would be most of its facilities. They would naturally have a library, a sports centre, a health clinic, a career service and so much more. If you are trying to find a particular facility within a university, it’s best if you check them out now. Try creating a spreadsheet to see which universities you have applied on possesses the facilities that interests you.

If you are going to stay away from home while studying at a university, make sure that the university has an accommodation guarantee for students first. Some universities will offer to place you in a room with another student for your first year of undergraduate studies. Other universities offer up to later years, so check up on that. Also, be sure to check out on the condition and the deadlines of the guarantee, so you’ll be able to make it. One year of accommodation guarantee is not something to be looked down upon. You can save a whole lot of money for one year if your university offers those kinds of guarantees.

If you are a hardcore online gamer, you may want to check out if the rooms have broadband or WiFi access and if it’s free or not. Be sure to ask about the speed of the connection and other things internet-related. Gamers would know what they need to ask eventually.

Let’s say you aren’t able to live in a university accommodation for the rest of your study in that university, find out where the private accommodations are. Check where the surrounding amenities are located and if they are suited to all your needs. You may want the laundrette near you so you don’t have to walk a long way for your dirty undies. It is extremely important to check if you are safe there at night and if the crime rate is less within the area.

We all have hobbies at heart, and if you wish to follow yours while staying in university, it would be a huge factor in choosing where to study. There are a lot of organizations, societies, and the like once you’ve entered in university. There’s also the Students’ Union.

The Students’ Union, alternatively called Students’ Guild or Students’ Association, plays a huge part in the life of a student. Before, they are only unofficial organizations and they are just groups of students that either hosts parties or hosts protests for their rights. Now, they have evolved into a much wider range of services. They are providers of part-time jobs for students and are getting involved in their development of personal skills.

Since not every student can afford to go into college, universities have set up employment agencies or Job Shops for these students. They can mostly be found near the careers services or the Students’ Union centers. These agencies contact employers to help students find a suitable job for them. They will also make sure that the pay rate and the hours that you spend working are justifiable and within statutory guidelines. If you perceive that you might be needing some extra cash for your study, these agencies can help you with that, for sure!

If you are a student who has special needs, take the extra time to make sure that the university you are applying for caters to those needs. All universities have an understanding regarding the Disability and Equality Act of 2010 (remember, we’re focused in the UK).
All it takes to know something is to ask. Don’t be afraid to ask. It is your education that’s important here. So anything that can help you study better or live better while staying at university, ask of it. It is your right and your privilege to know these amenities and facilities that are available to you. Remember, choose the university that best suits your needs and can give you the best student experience, and also have the course you are most likely interested in!

Why You Should Work On Those A-Levels: Choosing University By Ranking

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It would obviously be a lie if we tell you that most students would want to enroll in one of the lowest ranking universities in the country. Naturally, we all want to go to one of the best universities there is that we can possibly go to. The better the university, the better your chances at getting employed immediately after graduation, right? There is no doubt that quality is more important than quantity in terms of choosing the right university.

In the UK, Cambridge is the highest ranking university according to the University League Table that’s found here. Cambridge has an overall score of 1000 points with Oxford coming in at second place and London School of Economics at third. The League Table that is shown in the link measures every aspect of a university as a whole–its overall quality. You can also see every university’s standing in a particular subject if you opened the whole table.

Take note that even the best universities have weaknesses. It is true that these top universities show more excellence in most subjects, but even the low-ranking universities have specific subjects that they are known about. So don’t just take the main League Table as reference, but use it with the Subject Tables. It would be better if you are in a top-ranking university, but that would be useless if they’re not good in the subject that you are currently taking up.

As good as top universities get, they are more demanding than low-ranking universities. They would want to keep the standards high in their students, so obviously they would require a much higher grade requirement to be able to pass.

The main point here, though, is if you have done better than what you are expected in your examinations. It would be unrealistic if you did not do well in them, and yet aim for a high-ranking university. They would just ignore you straight away. It is best if you apply in a university that will consider your current examination results. If you’re taking A-levels and you expect to achieve AAA, then you probably have more options than other students. Unfortunately, if you are expecting to get CCC, then you might not be able to qualify in the top-ranking universities. It might be a bit harsh, but we don’t make the rules here. Some universities just demand more than others, and that would obviously be the topnotchers. They have every right to do so.
If you want to get into a high-ranking uni, then work on those AAAs! If it’s too late, don’t fret. There are still other universities out there that are willing to take you in. Not all of them are bad, you know!

Don’t Go Bankrupt: Choosing University Through Its Cost

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We can’t deny that education is a privilege that should be given to every human being. Despite that being said, universities still cost more than anything else. It has been that way ever since. And we doubt that it will ever change. Nonetheless, we are here to tell you about how tuition fees affect choices about a university drastically.

At the start of 2012, English universities were given permission by the UK Government to charge students up to £9,000 for their tuition fees. This maximum fee is still applicable this year, 2015. Not only English universities, but also Welsh and Scottish universities are able to charge students with the same maximum fee for tuition fees per academic year. There are different arrangements across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. For students who are from overseas and are planning to move into the UK, there’s a much complex arrangement.

Fortunately, some universities have introduced bursary/scholarship programs that can help students to be able to study in those universities. Whether they are from low-income backgrounds or they want to study shortage subjects, universities have designed these programs to give a chance to these kinds of students. To learn more about university bursaries and scholarships, click here: http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tuition-fees/other-financial-support/university-bursaries-and-scholarships/

It’s better if you check your chosen university thoroughly about their fees. It never hurts to ask about the fees that they are charging each student for every service that they give, because eventually you’ll pay for it and you want it to be worth it. Ask them how much their facilities would cost, like how much they would charge you if you’ll be using the sports facilities, or if you’ll be using a part of the library, etc. Most universities put these kinds of information in their prospectus and on their website.
If your chosen university holds your preferred choice but you can’t support your education financially, there’s always the bursary and scholarship programs. But if you are not qualified for these programs, then there are always alternative universities. They may not be as prestigious as your chosen school, at least they meet your standards in terms of money. Be realistic, and don’t aim too much for things that you cannot get.

Why Do They Matter? Choosing A University Through Type and Size

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Not all universities are the same–we hope you know that by now. There are either old, new, and not-so-new universities. Most of them are good at what they do. It just takes the right research and the right guide to figure that out. Oh, we got you covered on the guide part.

There are some universities that are old, yet promising still after decades of structure and education. These old universities have built prestige upon its pillars for years, and are continually doing so. They do a lot of research, because we all know that research increases the world’s knowledge (and that particular university’s prestige). Old universities are more academically-oriented and much bigger (that is true in most old universities). In fact, big enough that they recruit a higher portion of students, whether in undergraduate studies or postgraduate. They have more peeps achieving AAA or better at A level. Also, they are home to more overseas students.

New universities on the other hand, focuses more on local matters. They are vocationally-oriented, does fewer research than older universities, but offers more vocational courses to a higher percentage of local students. Most of those students are 21 years old and above, and does not have A levels. Not all new universities are small. But they are in fact a little smaller than the old universities. New universities are still on the process of building a name, wherein the old universities have already gained such high respect.

If you are curious enough to wonder which universities are old and which are new, find out when that particular institution became a university or when it gained its Royal Charter. Those universities that gained university status after 1992 are newcomers. So, those that gained university status before 1992 and earlier are old ones. These universities were founded between 1200 and the late 1960s. A university that has an old style for a logo doesn’t mean that it’s old already. Some old universities prefer to have modern style kind of logos, and some new universities want to have a sense of history in theirs. So, do a little research first! (Remember, the right course for you is your priority, not the age of the university itself.)

There are different kinds of universities depending on their size. Some have a student capacity of less than 2,000, while some are estimating over 30,000.

A small university might be cozy, since the students who will be attending with you are only few. There are fewer facilities, of course, and there will be fewer non-academic activities as well.

A bigger university might feel a bit busier, like a beehive, and a little less personal than small ones. Lectures can be delivered in a massive way, with over a hundred students being lectured at a time. Good thing is, you have access to more facilities, and there’s a lot of activity going on around campus. It is said that an average capacity of a UK university is around 15,000 to 18,000 students. Pretty big, if you ask anyone.

At the end of the day, choosing the university that has your interest and/or preferred course is still the best university for you. But it never hurts to judge a book by its cover sometimes, right? Some don’t thrive in large groups, and some suffocate in small areas. Just find out where you think you’re fitted!

Where Do You Want To Go? Choosing University by Location

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Location is a huge factor in choosing a university to go into. It is also a huge factor to your education if you want to study near your family–or away from them. This choice is solely made by the student, unless your family still has the chains on you. It is good to discuss whether or not you want to be with your family during your university years. So, let’s talk about it, shall we?

Ask yourself this question first: where do you want to go? Do you get homesick easily, or you don’t? Do you want to spend time with your family, or do you want to get as far away as possible? It is essential to know where you want to go, because being forced to be in situations that you are not comfortable with might bring trouble to your studies. Some people study while living with their parents, and they can’t bear the constant nagging or the curfews. Others study while living on their own, struggling on how to iron their clothes or cook breakfast. As soon as possible, find out if you’re comfortable to study while living with your family, or if you’re better off without them. Either way is completely accepted by society (Let’s hope, haha!).

Living away from your family will give you a greater sense of freedom. Of course, because you’re all by yourself. You are free to do whatever you want, as long as you don’t endanger your studies. You can hang out until midnight with your new friends from the dormitory next door. You can study anytime you want and have breakfast in the evening (amazing if you understood what I meant). Also, you don’t have to worry much about transport, since you’ll be living near the university you chose. That last bus ride home surely is a hassle to any student.

Moving away from home would also mean more expenses, didn’t you know? Discuss financial arrangements with your family if you are capable of living away from them. If your family says they can’t make that happen, then you know what’s your last option, right? A part-time job, of course! You need to get a part-time job to support your finances while living away from your family. This is one good thing to do, so you could lessen the burden of your parents, and so they can’t say anything about you in the future if you ever screw something up (this doesn’t apply to everyone).

If you were to move out of your parent’s house, we have an advice that you shouldn’t forget–ever! To be able to live flawlessly in the path that you have taken, you have to know basic things that you weren’t doing in your teenage days, since your mother/father did them for you. That includes doing the dishes, cooking your meals, doing your laundry, etc. Remember, leaving your parent’s home is a big decision, so think carefully before living alone. It might make you transcend into adulthood faster, but it’s extremely hard to pull off. Do you think you have what it takes?

Some say that moving away from home increases your graduate employability. Is that even true? A research says that, yes, students who leave home develop better and faster than students who stay at home. They become better job prospects because they become self-sufficient sooner than others. Skills of self-sufficiency such as doing laundry, cooking, managing money, and cleaning your room or workplace become extremely handy at your future job! Don’t underestimate them!

Some students prefer to experience both living with their family and away from them while studying in university. These types of students are increasingly common. They would choose a university that’s 30 miles or less from their home, live on campus of their chosen university for the first year, and then move back home after the next couple of years. Just so you know that this kind of option exists (wink).

If a town or city interests you, and you really want to go there badly, look at the location of the university that you are aiming for in that said city. Is the university inside the city, or is it a few miles outside? If the university is inside the city that interests you, amenities will be available to you, and the night-life would most certainly be richer. But city life is noisier and there would be less attractive sights (not that the city isn’t an attractive sight to some). Choosing the university that’s several miles outside the city of your choice would have a better setting, more sight-seeing. But if you have to live outside the campus itself, there would be more travel costs. Also, there could be restricted access during late hours on Sunday nights. Don’t forget that most UK cities have more than one university (or you might have forgotten that this site is centered in UK itself).

Since we’re talking about interests in a particular town or city, it would be better if that town or city provides opportunities to pursue your other hobbies or passion. Attending university is one of your last chances to pursue what it is that you are obsessing yourself about. Access to facilities such as sports facilities, theater, and others can be really cheap. Choosing the right location can fulfill your dreams more than you know!

Remember, most prospects boast about the amazing sights that you can see in a particular location. Unless you have a particular interest regarding the sights or the geographical location, it is very much doubtful that you will spend much time in looking at the sights. So be sure that you have an interest in that specific location.
I hope we have covered most (if not all) of your questions about choosing your university based on location! Oh, I almost forgot! If you have questions about how to manage money once you are living in UK alone, visit this article of ours right here!

Managing Your Money As A Student

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Living your life as a student in the United Kingdom involves being alone and being responsible of your own money, because your parents are not going to live with you anymore. You’re lucky if you still live with your parents and you get to live near the university that you are going to study, then hooray for you! But if not, then you better read what’s up ahead!

If you’re an international student, it would definitely help you out if you can access your money easily while studying. If you’re a domestic student, well, it helps too! So be sure to get a bank account. Most banks in the UK offer a student account (well, the case is the same in most countries) and the services they will give you are very similar to one another. There are banks in the UK that offers an account specifically for international students. We wouldn’t go further on how to open bank accounts, you can check that out on your own.

If you haven’t noticed it yet, living in the United Kingdom is pretty expensive. If you don’t know how to spend your money wisely, that is! Your accommodation and living costs would depend on where you chose to live, of course. But it would estimate from £5,000 to £8,000 per year.

Let’s see how much you might spend on your stay in the UK:

Okay, so a typical weekly food bill in the UK might cost around £25 to £30, depending on how many times you eat in a day (just kidding). Since the food in the United Kingdom is guaranteed to be cheap yet delicious, eating as much as you want wouldn’t amount to anything. But be careful of how much the food costs, and if it’s worth it!

Need to travel? Get an Oyster travel card! The Oyster card is a smartcard that allows you to hold pay as you go credit, so you could travel on bus, Tube, tram, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, and most National Rail services in London. You might spend approximately £19 for a seven day Oyster card (with 30% student discount included!).

Want to go see some movies? Watching at peak hours, a cinema ticket costs about £6.55, but sometimes there are supersaver tickets that you might be able to avail.

If you’re in need of a good fix in the morning, and you want that home vibe, you can eat an English breakfast at a cafe or a pub near you for just about £5! Some may cost differently, but most English breakfasts cost like that. And well, UK is known for its English breakfast, so it must definitely be worth the try!

Afternoon snacks are important, and so are midnight snacks. Did you know that premium take-away sandwiches in the UK costs only about £2.80 or so? Yes, they definitely are! There’s a reason why you see a lot of sandwiches in UK movies (or is it just me?) but hey, if it’s cheap, then it’s for students, right?

As a student in UK, it’s always good to check discounts, so you could maximize your pounds! Every pound is important for a student. Knowing this, I bet you’re going to try that English breakfast, aren’t you? Oh, one last thing! If you always use the railways, we suggest on getting a Young Persons Coach Card! It gives you a ⅓ discount on standard fares, and you may use it anytime of the year! Whether it’s peak season or not! It’s only £10 for a 1-year subscription (and no, this is not an ad)!

Do You Know Your Rights? Students’ Rights Under Consumer Law

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Has it ever occurred to you what your rights are as a student? If it hasn’t, then you better know now. There’s a certain law that protects students in their struggle to find the right course and university. Have you ever heard of consumer law? Consumer law applies to you, as an incoming college student and later on as an undergraduate student.

Note: This particular consumer law is under the United Kingdom. There may be particular laws like this in other countries, but we will only highlight those of the United Kingdom.

Consumer law will apply to undergraduate students and to the universities they have a relationship with, because these undergraduate students will sort of “purchase” purposes from these universities. These universities will then provide these purposes which are outside of the students’ depth, trade, or profession.

It is extremely important to know your rights since you are trying to avail services from these universities and it would be a shame if you are treated in a way that is both unfair and unjustifiable. Knowing these rights would ensure you that you can have all the information you need when choosing for a particular university or course, and be treated fairly once you are there.

For a more in-depth description of the guide in PDF form, click this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415732/Undergraduate_students_-_your_rights_under_consumer_law.pdf

You should know that you can protect yourself even from universities. You’ll never know when you’ll need the protection. There are some cases that a student is not treated fairly in some universities (in all parts of the world) and having the knowledge of this kind can help you have a better chance at fulfilling your future safely.

Know your rights, save your future!

University Clearing: When You Didn’t Get Any Offer

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You weren’t able to get an offer from any university or college you applied for? That sucks. It’s maddening to not have been able to get the offer you wanted from the schools you picked for yourself. It might be harsh and a bit disappointing, but there’s still hope! That’s where Clearing comes in!

What is Clearing, anyway? If you were not able to get an offer from any college or university within the application period given, you are then entered to Clearing. This process runs from mid-July to September every year. Clearing helps you get a second chance in your college life (I might be overstating this). It allows you to find another course if: you are flexible enough about the course you want to study, and if you have reasonable exam results.

You can apply through Clearing if: you’ve completed a UCAS application, didn’t get any offers, your offers aren’t confirmed, or you’ve turned down all the offers you got (some are too picky, just joking!). You will automatically be applied into Clearing if you apply late for your course. That is if you applied after June 30.

You can contact universities and colleges regarding courses that still have slots once you’ve got your exam results. Take note: you can only accept one (1) offer. If your place is confirmed by the college or university, you have to accept it and you aren’t able look for another place.

Now that you have a brief idea about Clearing, we’ll guide you through the process on how to do it! First, you need to log in to www.ucas.com (Of course, everyone knows that.).

Once you are able to login, check your ‘Track’ status. You will know if Clearing has started if your Track status says, ‘You’re in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started.’ If your Track status doesn’t say either of the two just yet, the universities/colleges that you applied for might still be considering you. Get in touch with them so that they can update your results.

  1. If you are officially entered to Clearing, here’s what you need to do:
    1. Ask for advice
    – Talk to an adviser at your school, college, or careers office—they can brief you about things regarding Clearing.
  2. See what courses are available
    UCAS.com has the official vacancy list online, and The Telegraph newspaper shows this list too. When browsing through available courses, remember this: consider different subjects, you don’t need to stick with what you had in mind. Also, this list is updated continuously. Just keep coming back to this list, so you get to see what course is full and what course is not!
  3. Talk to any university you’re interested in
    – Contact any university or college you want to go into and give them your Clearing number (which is located on the welcome and choices pages in Track at ucas.com) and also your Personal ID number. That will let them see your application online.
    – Ask if they would accept you once they have seen your application—they might reconsider (maybe even for the exact same course!) even if you applied to that specific university for an offer earlier this year.
    – You may get informal offers over the phone. You can then decide which one you want to accept.
    – It’s best if you can go and look at the university or college that you’re eyeing for, so you’ll get a glimpse of what it’s like to be in there. Most universities and colleges are happy to show you around!
  4. Add a Clearing choice in Track
    – After doing all this, and once you’ve made contact to universities and such, you need to log in again to www.ucas.com, and add a Clearing choice in Track.
    – Once there, click ‘Add Clearing Choice’ and type in the details of the course given to you over the phone by the university/college you called.
    – Doing this would mean that you have accepted the offer, so if that university/college confirmed it, it will show as an acceptance on the choices page of Track and then UCAS.com will send you a confirmation letter.
    – Remember: you can only add one choice at a time. If that choice isn’t confirmed by the university/college, then you may be able to add another.

If you are still unsure yet of what you are going to do, here are some tips and things to remember from Universities about Clearing:

  • Time is on your side
    – Do not rush yourself. Clearing lasts for almost three months, you have plenty of time to decide and re-evaluate choices. Make sure that everything is considered before you make a final decision.
  • Be prepared
    – You only have one chance to make a good impression. So, when you contact those universities, make sure you have the things needed to provide the university once you make the call. Some may only ask for grades, but some are more challenging. The only best thing to do is to not take any chance for mistakes.
  • Get organized
    – Be sure to take note of every name, email, and direct phone numbers just in case you need to do follow-ups. Have everything stacked into place for reference and quick look. You can never be too sure.
  • Remember the Four R’s
    Research: The university, the content of the course, and if you’re eligible for it. There’s absolutely no point in checking a course if you don’t meet its GSCE requirement, right?
    Reasons: As to why you chose that course. What’s the edge of this degree to another? What do you like the sound of in particular? What do you have that can put you ahead of other candidates?
    Rationalize: Be prepared to explain why your grades didn’t meet the mark. Be honest. Be sure to tell them that it won’t happen again.
    Rehearse: What are they likely to ask you, and what are you going to say? Make sure to rehearse almost every possible question that they might throw at you to avoid huge mistakes.

So, there you have it! I hope this quick and easy guide helped you sort out your Clearing problem! Don’t worry, a lot of students are accepted into Clearing. Do not fret if you are in this position, since it is a way to help you find a place for college! Hooray for Clearing!