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A-Level Results are Looming and University Clearing 2011 is Coming Up

Tuesday 16th August 2011

It’s that time of year again when thousands of expectant students all over the UK anxiously await the publication of their A-Level results. But if you’re waiting for yours in anticipation of going to university, the worry will be not whether you’ve simply passed well, but whether you have reached the specific requirements to gain a highly competitive place at your university of choice.  Hopefully all will go well and you’ll get the results you wanted and the university place will be yours, but if not, there’s always University Clearing to try.
It is anticipated that the pot of Clearing places for universities will be even smaller this year than previously, and you’ll need to be well prepared in advance of calling the admissions tutors to haggle for your future. The Guardian has published a useful guide to what the admissions officers at Universities will be expecting from students desperate to get a place via clearing in 2011.

Wendy James the assistant registrar for the London Met says that advance research is very important. She recommends visiting the campuses, taking a look at courses, entry criteria, environment, bursaries and accommodation, and also says writing a personal statement will stand you in good stead. Check the universities websites too. Many will already have spaces on their Clearing sections. Check the Ucas website daily and get in touch with the schools who offer the courses you are interested in and ask if they’re likely to have vacancies. The first phone call screenings will determine whether you are qualified for the course before being invited for an interview and you are advised to act early. Most phone lines are open from 8am on the day of your results so make a note of the phone numbers and courses you want to try for. Be prepared to call as many colleges as you can but don’t make rushed decisions. You don’t need to accept the first place you are offered just because they have accepted you. Remember this is your own future career you are making the decision about.

For more great advice on how to (and how not to) make those phone calls during Clearing 2011 read more of the Guardian’s article on their website.


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