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The University of Greenwich is all set to support students who might get in touch through Clearing this Thursday.

The University of Greenwich is all set to support students who might get in touch through Clearing this Thursday.

Exam results will be available from early morning, and for those students who have done better or worse than expected, or who might have changed their mind from their original plans, Clearing is a vital tool.

Claire Chalmers, Head of UK Recruitment at the University said: "We know that clearing can be a worrying time for students and their families and friends, but we've worked hard to take the stress out of the process.

"All prospective students need to do is give us a call with details of their results, UCAS ID number and an idea of the course they'd like to study. Our helpful staff can then advise on suitability and availability and we have a handy online course finder tool too."

Clearing lines are already open for students who have their results and advice and support is available by calling 020 8331 9000 or going to www.gre.ac.uk/clearing.

Top Tips

We've put together six top tips for making Clearing as stress free as possible and ensuring you go to the university that's right for you.

Before results day

1. Do your research

Draw up a list of universities that offer the courses you are interested in so you're prepared on results day. If possible, visit universities you're interested in before results day, as this will help you decide which one you want to go for when you get your Clearing offers. Most universities offer campus tours or Open Days around Clearing so keep an eye on their websites.

2.Prepare for Clearing

Collect all the documents and information you'll need on results day: your UCAS number, Clearing number, your UCAS points, A-level and GCSE grades. Make a note of Clearing phone numbers and opening times so you're ready to go first thing on results day.

On results day

3. Get on the phone

Start calling the universities you're interested in as early as you can. Think of the phone call as an interview. Plan what you're going to say – why you want to study the course, your deep interest in a subject. These are all things that could get you a verbal offer which you can confirm later.

4. Be flexible

If there aren't any places on the course you want to do, you could consider a joint honours or similar course that does have spaces. It could lead to the same or similar careers.

5. Decide on a course

If the university confirms that it will accept you, you can then add the choice in Track in the 'Your Choices' section. Don't forget that you can speak to as many universities and colleges as you like in Clearing, but you can only add one Clearing choice at a time – the one you want to accept.

6. Enter your Clearing choice on UCAS Track

The earliest you can submit your decision through Clearing is 3pm on A-level results day. This allows you to research the course and institutions properly before making any decision. Only enter a Clearing choice on UCAS Track if you have spoken to the university and have been offered a provisional place.