Date of release: Friday, August 2, 2013

Clearing TipsWith A-levels results day fast approaching, students waiting for their grades are being urged to be well organised and fully prepared ahead of the final rush for university places.

A number of school and college-leaving examination results, such as the International Baccalaureate, have been announced. A-level students will not know their grades until Thursday August 15, however, and that is when the search to sign up for a degree course will be at its most intense.

Bev Woodhams, Head of Recruitment at the University of Greenwich, says students can make good use of the time between now and then.

The University of Greenwich's Clearing Hotline at 020 8331 9000 is already open, providing personalised support to potential applicants, and teams of specialists are also available online.

"We are taking calls now, giving advice and offering available places to applicants who already have their results, mature applicants, and other potential students who have not previously applied through UCAS," says Ms Woodhams.

"We are also assisting A-level students who are still waiting for their results, but are doing their research and possibly reconsidering what subjects and where they want to study."

Applications for higher education courses are up three per cent nationally and many universities are seeking to secure students with good grades during Clearing, according to Ms Woodhams.

"People are in Clearing for a whole range of reasons," she says. "Perhaps exams went better than expected and so more subject choices are available. Sometimes people realise their original course choices don't match their aspirations any more. Others never imagined they would be in a position to apply for university at all, and suddenly it becomes a real possibility.

"Signing up for a degree course is a major commitment over three years or more. So it's very important that you are studying the right subjects in a place where you will feel comfortable.

"The better prepared you are, the better placed you will be to ask the right questions about courses. If you have all the information required at your fingertips, your application can be considered quickly and efficiently."

Ms Woodhams' Top Five Tips for Clearing 2013 are:

  • Access your A-level results as soon as they are available.
  • Log on to UCAS and check your Status reports in Track.
  • Check out your preferred university websites for course criteria and how to apply. Can you apply online? When do the Clearing hotlines open?
  • Prepare a list of questions that you want answered about the specific courses that interest you.
  • Have your questions, your qualifications and your essential information to hand before you pick up the phone or apply online.

See or call 020 8331 9000.

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