The 2nd July was the last day to change choices on track through UCAS extra.
UCAS clearing opened on the 3rd of July so those people who have their results and decided to apply late can apply through clearing. Students who sat for the IB will get their results on the 5th July and they will be able to search on clearing vacancies from the 6th July onwards. UCAS updates its website on this day. www.ucas.com
Students studying A levels will receive their results on the 13th August 2015.
Teachers and careers staff will be there to offer advice from 8:00am. This is the time UCAS Track goes live and you will be able to see your university confirmation but it will not show you the A level grades you achieved. Make sure you log in details to hand when you come into college. A level grades will be available as soon as possible, we are expecting everything to be ready by 8.15am.
The UCAS site has a lot of useful videos. The first will tell you more about how to prepare for university life, another explains how the universities get your results and how they interact with UCAS so that you can get their decision on results day. It is also important to think about what you need to do before you start your studies and there is useful advice on what to do before you start in September, including information about further offer conditions, accommodation, finances, travel arrangements, social options and how to obtain the right preparation materials for university.
Last year, we were able to say on results day, 71% of our students had received their firm (CF) choice and many more their insurance choice, making a total of 83% of the cohort. This is because during the application process we spent time, just as we have with you, giving you advice on choosing a range of places to apply that you wish to attend. We are hoping that, as a cohort, we will have the same success with you (or better!). Other students had to wait a little longer but still managed to get their choice.
Some of those students did better than their CF choice required and decided to go through adjustment. This gave them five days to find an alternative course at a preferred university. They did this by looking at the courses available through clearing.
In many cases, where students did not achieve the grades they needed, the universities they had applied to offered them similar courses through clearing. Some students took these but others wanted to look at the full range of options.
This year UCAS is offering a new clearing service to A level students who need to secure a place at university via clearing. The service is OPTIONAL and you will have been contacted by them to see if they want to subscribe to it.
After results and ONLY for students in clearing, UCAS will send your application details to all universities holding places on courses that match your UCAS degree choices.
You will be telephoned on either your landline or mobile by these universities who will offer you a place.
You may be tempted to take the first place you are offered, but there could be serious implications for you if you do this. This is because you might end up being persuaded to choose a course on a “first come first serve” basis, which would be the wrong choice for you.
Once you complete a contract with a university for the course, you cannot change it.
If you change your mind you will have to call the university who made you the offer and ask to be ‘released’. This can take up to ten days and there is no going back, so make sure you are 100 per cent sure before making the call. You will not be able to accept another offer of a place if you have an unconditional offer.
WHAT BRAMPTON COLLEGE ADVISE
1. Do not accept the first clearing offer you receive by phone
2. Wait for all your options to come through before you make your choice
3. Leave your answerphone on at home to receive offers
4. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, come in to Brampton College and discuss your options with a careers adviser and/or member of the teaching staff
You must be well prepared if you need to enter Clearing to look for an alternative place. You do not need to wait for the universities to contact you. The Telegraph clearing app will be available very soon which will be worth downloading onto your phone because this will be a quick way of finding places.
When you have found a place the university will want you (not your parents or us) to contact them, although we will be here to offer you advice. Before making the call you need to be very well prepared, ready to answer their questions about why you’re interested in that particular course. It is good to have thought these answers out beforehand. Think about the interests and skills you have and make them relevant to the course you want to study.
Last year 57,000 students went into clearing. It is possible for universities to take as many students as they wish who have ABB and above but they are capping places for other candidates. There will be a lot of choice so it is important not to panic and make a considered choice. Our careers staff will be here to help you on results day.
You do have time to make a considered opinion.