Date of release: Monday, August 10, 2015

Beverley WoodhamsA-level students waiting for their results this Thursday are urged to find out about Clearing.

"It's worth being prepared, just in case you don't get the results you'd hoped for, or you change your mind about the place or course you want to do," says Bev Woodhams, Head of Central Recruitment at the University of Greenwich.

Clearing is the period each summer when universities and colleges fill any course places they still have. The main clearing activity is on A-level results day – 13 August this year.

Bev recommends that students check the UCAS website for the courses they are interested in, to see which universities still have places; then research the universities online and see what entry criteria they require.

Bev says: "The early bird really will catch the worm, so set your alarm and make your calls as early as possible. The University of Greenwich will be open from 7am to talk to callers via phone, Skype, online chat and social media."

Applicants are advised to have all their exam results to hand including GCSEs. After talking to a clearing adviser about options, they can discuss any of the courses in more detail with an academic tutor.

Anyone else thinking of going to university this autumn who already knows their results, perhaps because they are coming to the end of a gap year or have been working, can also apply through clearing by contacting the university directly.

For more of Bev's tips and all the Clearing information go to: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/clearing

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Caption: Beverley Woodhams