Get clear on Clearing

If you’ve not got grades you wanted or are applying late, then Clearing offers you the chance to secure a university place this autumn.

Thousands of students go through Clearing every year. Whilst disappointing A-level results may seem like the end of the world now, the opportunity to re-evaluate your priorities can help set you on a more considered long-term path.

If you decide to go through Clearing, remember these top five tips:

  • Don’t panic – research your options on the UCAS website.
  • Be prepared – it might help to jot down a few notes and have any key information to hand before you start calling universities.
  • Remember there are lots of options open to you, alternative routes and career paths.
  • Check out the Guardian’s pages on Clearing, for information on finding something that suits you better to  university league tables.
  • You can also get help from the Exams Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from a landline.


This guide from UCAS explains how to use Clearing:

Good luck!


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