Posted on Friday, 08 August 2014 at 4pm
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
Oh my, is it results day on Thursday? August can be a scary time if you’re hoping to start at university this September. If your results don’t all go to plan, full-time applicants still have more options with UCAS Clearing, and it’s a good time to reflect on your choices.
Clearing is a way for universities and colleges to fill their vacant spaces on a course. It might be that you don’t meet your offers on results day, it might be that you’ve changed your mind as to what you’d like to study, or perhaps you haven’t applied through UCAS yet. Whatever it is, Clearing is an ideal way to choose another course. Get advice and have a good think about your options. You can see the official vacancy list online via UCAS and you need to contact universities directly to see if they would accept you. Make sure you’re available; universities will want to speak to you – not your friends, parents or guardians.
You will often find that Russell Group universities such as the University of Leeds have many oversubscribed courses and it can be difficult to get a place even if you have the right grades. If you haven’t had the best advantages in your previous education or decisions you’ve made in the past have taken you down a different route, getting a place can seem even more unlikely. Here at the Lifelong Learning Centre, we open up alternative routes into the University, particularly for groups who are underrepresented in Higher Education. We have extended degree programmes in Interdisciplinary Science, Arts and Humanities and Business studies. In these programmes you have an added Foundation Year that will bring your knowledge and understanding up to a level so that you can progress into the faculties to study your degree of choice. Check out our course descriptions and criteria to see if it’s something for you.
It’s a good idea to have a look at other courses and routes into study before your results come out. Reflect on what you want to study and what you want from your time at university. Don’t panic if things don’t go according to plan – it’s not the end! Clearing is an opportunity; do your research and use that opportunity well.