Definition of clearing: That OMG moment when you realise you didnt quite get the points you needed to get into your chosen university. Moment is quickly followed by panic, terror, hysteria and results in several long hours on the phone and Internet trying to get your life back in order.
Panic no more us kind folks at Urban Eat have compiled a guide to help you survive this stressful time. So sit back, eat a sandwich and let us help you .
How long have I got?
Clearing officially starts in July and runs until 22nd October (providing youve made an application by 20th September 2012) but vacancy lists are really only available after the A-Level results day. Even now, there are still places left at some universities, so dont give up yet.
What do I need to do?
You need to contact any universities with spaces and talk to them about the courses they have available, and whether they will consider your application. Its unlikely bribes will work here; so dont waste time baking cakes, sending money or fake crying down the phone to them.
How many universities can I apply to?
You can approach as many as you like, and receive multiple verbal offers over the phone. This wont mean you then have to split your time between various sites across the UK, ending up with ten degrees at the end. It just means you dont have to stop looking after your first offer and can cherry pick your favourite. How good is that?
Important things to remember
- Going through clearing does not mean youve failed. Loads of really successful and clever people went through clearing. Think of it as a challenge when life hands you lemons, make lemonade
- Just because a course is available through clearing, it doesnt mean its a really bad course. Unless its the degree in David Beckham, which is just a bit weird.
- You dont actually have to go to university this year. Take time to consider all your options – a gap year being one of them.