This coming Thursday is A Level results day, a potentially stressful time for all students looking to get their desired results for university and a future career. However, for those that have applied for university but have changed their mind about what they’d like to study, haven’t quite achieved the results needed or have achieved better than expected, then they can go through Clearing, the process which allows you to apply for university courses that still have spaces available.

Karen Richardson, head of student recruitment at Bishop Grosseteste University, in Lincoln, has provided a set of top tips to help students in case they need to go through the university’s clearing process. Karen said: “The days following A-level results day can be a stressful and anxious time for those students who have not yet finalised their plans.

“It’s a busy few days for us but as always we will do our best to ensure that students are not left worried or uncertain about their place at university.”

Top Tips for Clearing

• Don’t panic! If you stay calm you’re more likely to take in all the information you need to succeed.

• If your grades fall short, wait for that important acceptance/rejection indication on Track before you put yourself into Clearing. You never know – your first-choice university might still accept you.

• Don’t give up! You may well get a place on a similar course that’s just as good – but you’ll need to shop around. Don’t rush your decision. The UCAS system doesn’t even let you trigger the formal process of accepting a Clearing place until 5pm on results day, so you have the chance to shop around.

• Be realistic. If you’ve seriously blown it then think hard about re-sits or another course altogether – you can always re-apply next time around. UCAS is offering a free (for landlines) Exam Results Service on 0808 100 8000 where trained, professional careers advisers will be available to give help and advice

• Be prepared to make lots of phone calls and to be persistent!

• Keep your nerve – you may need all your negotiating skills to persuade an academic that they should take you on.

• Enlist the support of friends and family – keep them informed, as they’ll be a great help to you when you have to make that difficult final decision.

• Be prepared to explain to universities why you didn’t do as well as you hoped in your exams – and be honest.

• If you don’t get the grades you need it’s not the end of the world – there are plenty of other opportunities to consider.

BGU will have a dedicated call centre for students enquiring about the clearing process on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August, and will be holding an open day for prospective students on Friday 15th August. More information is available on the BGU clearing website.