Clearing and adjustment can help students find an alternative place at university and it could work out even better than they expected.
Preparing for results day
The lead-up to results day can be nerve-wracking. However, there's no need to be anxious on a students' behalf. No matter what the outcome of results day is, there are always other opportunities and fantastic university experiences available. Our helpful hints and tips will help you both prepare and feel at ease.
Dates to remember
- Friday 5 July 2019: If students already have their exam results they can now apply through clearing. Early vacancies will be available on our web pages.
- Tuesday 6 August 2019: SQA results day and when clearing opens for Scottish students.
- Wednesday 14 August 2019: Vacancies are published on our web pages in the early evening.
- Thursday 15 August 2019: A level results day and when the main clearing and adjustment period opens.
Clearing - results not what they expected?
If a student doesn't meet the requirements for their firm or insurance conditional offer, clearing is an ideal way for them to find an alternative option.
Make a ‘plan B’ list
Help them to create a contingency list of courses they're interested in, in order of preference. Jot down the universities' clearing hotlines so that they're ready to make calls on results day.
Be prepared on the day
Students should have an up-to-date email which they can access easily on results day. They can update their contact details on UCAS Track. Remind them to check the status of their application on UCAS Track first thing on results day. Make sure they have a phone close by - students are required to make the calls to universities themselves.
Make sure they know how proud you are and be there to reassure them. Encourage them to stay motivated and to be proactive in contacting universities with places available.
Share the load
While they make phone calls, you could look at other factors like the cost of living in a particular area or the accommodation on offer. Better still - prepare this as part of your 'plan B' list.
Adjustment - results better than they expected?
If a student meets and exceeds the grades needed for their conditional offer, they may want to consider swapping their original choice for an alternative option via adjustment.
Make a wish list
If they're feeling confident about their exam results, advise them to make a wish list of courses they would prefer to do for this best case scenario and find out more about the universities offering them.
It's not compulsory
They don't have to apply for adjustment if their exam results are better than expected. Their original choice might still be the best option for them.
The choice is York
Whatever a student's situation, clearing or adjustment could open up exciting opportunities to study with us. Read our quick guide to York to discover why brilliant minds choose York or come and meet us.