If you are soon to become an undergraduate, you will already know what clearing means, but for those who are yet to reach that stage, clearing is the process some students must go through in order to be admitted into a British university. Not all students need to enter the clearing process, but if by 30th June, 2017, you have yet to be accepted by a university, you will have to join the many others who enter the university clearing process. It might be that you were not accepted by your chosen university, or you simply have yet to apply, but wither way, here is a brief overview of university clearing.
In 2017, clearing begins on August 17th, which is the day the A-level results are published, but there is much to do before that date, in order to stand a good chance of being accepted into a university of your choosing. Each university has a set list of courses on offer, and when the clearing date arrives, they will look at how many places in each course have yet to be filled, and these will be offered during the clearing process, which ends on October 23rd this year. If you have not managed to find the right university yet, you might be involved in humanities clearing in 2017, and with the days flying by, it is time to get to work.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
The UCAS are the people to go through when you are applying for clearing, and the first thing to do is to register on their website. This must be completed before you can apply for any courses or university, and once you have registered, it is time to start looking at suitable courses. This can easily be accomplished by browsing various university websites, and providing you already have chosen a career path, the rest should be easy enough.
Preparation and Planning
With so many undergraduates, all looking to find a suitable course and university, it makes sense to prepare well in advance. Whatever your chosen subjects and university, you will, at some point in the application process, have the opportunity to write your personal statement, and this should be composed well in advance. Your personal statement could be the difference between success and failure, so make sure that yours is very upbeat and positive. There might be questions you have for the universities concerned, and writing out a list is an excellent idea, as it ensures you will not forget to ask at the appropriate time, and once the clearing process has begun, you need to be at your computer screen and login to the UCAS website, and the later you do this, the less chance there is of gaining admission into a chosen university.
In the event you are successful, make an appointment to visit the university on their open day, and then you can experience the ambience and get a clearer picture of the campus and the courses on offer.