Clearing and Adjustment can help students find an alternative place at university and it could work out even better than expected.
We know the lead-up to results day can be nerve-wracking for parents and those supporting a student. But there's no need to be anxious. No matter the outcome of results day, there are always other opportunities and fantastic university experiences out there. Our helpful hints and tips will help you both prepare and feel at ease.
Clearing top tips for parents and supporters
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 on an excellent course at a leading university like York.
1) Read our Clearing and Adjustment guide
The what's, when's, why's and how's of Clearing and Adjustment. Find out everything you need to know about navigating Clearing 2021.
2) Make a 'Plan B'
Help to create a contingency list of courses your student is interested in, in order of preference. Then jot down the universities' Clearing hotline numbers so that they're ready to make calls on results day. It's important to remember that students are required to make calls to universities themselves. The Clearing hotline for the University of York is +44 (0)1904 234868.
Some universities also offer Clearing updates by email. At York, you can sign up to receive vacancy alerts, result day tips and more.
3) Be prepared on the day
Students should have an up-to-date email which they can access easily on results day. Contact details can be updated on UCAS Track if needed.
Remind your student to check the status of their application on UCAS Track first thing on results day and make sure they have a fully charged phone close by.
4) Stay positive
Even if things don't turn out as planned, make sure your student knows how proud you are. Be there to reassure them. Encourage them to stay motivated and be proactive in contacting universities with places available.
Sign up for Clearing email updates for expert top tips to manage stress and anxiety in the run-up to results day.
5) Share the load
While your student makes 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'.
6) Get the student view
Our current students share their stories of coming to York through Clearing - the highs and the lows - and reveal their top tips for making the process as stress-free as possible.
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 using Adjustment.
1) Make a wish list
If they're feeling confident about their results, advise your student to make a wish list of courses they would prefer to do for this best-case scenario and do some research into the universities offering them.
2) Remember that it's not compulsory
Your student doesn't have to apply for Adjustment. Even if their results are better than expected, your student's original choice might still be the best option for them.
Changed their minds?
From Tuesday 6 July, if your student is holding a firm unconditional place, they can release themselves back into Clearing by using the 'decline your place' button in UCAS Track.
This button should only be used if your student definitely no longer wants to take up their place at their firm choice. They should speak to their university or college and/or an adviser at their school or centre before declining a firm place in Track.
Visit UCAS for more information and frequently asked questions.
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