Since we welcome Brian McGee as a new full-time addition to our consultancy team from Monday, we thought a few of his wise words on UCAS Clearing might be useful for those awaiting A Level results this August.
As A level results day approaches, many students have traditionally waited with bated breath to see if they have been successful in gaining their chosen university course through UCAS, dreading the thought of being pushed into the mad scramble of Clearing.
But in the last two years all that has changed and Clearing now provides a way for proactive students to gain access to courses which are very attractive and possibly of a higher calibre than they might have hoped for. 61,300 applicants secured their university place through Clearing in 2014 and this figure is likely to be higher this year.
Many universities, including 14 Russell Group institutions, have now opened up Clearing places in advance of the August 13 deadline. This is partly in response to students such as IB candidates who gain their qualifications earlier, but it is mainly because the Higher Education sector has been blown wide open by the lifting of the cap on university places offered by each institution.
So, what does this mean for the astute student and parent wishing to make the best use of this opportunity? Well, if you start to look at the Clearing courses available now, you have the chance to be ahead of the pack. This could even mean considering applying for a higher level course through Adjustment if you feel that your grades might be better than you’d hoped. You may also have second thoughts about a course you applied for possibly ten months ago and feel that another course might suit you better.
Download the Telegraph Clearing 2015 app so that you are ready on the day to act fast, or see their Clearing website.