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A-level results: Everything you need to know about Clearing

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If you haven't got the A-level results you expected, you may be going through Clearing to try and get into university.

It can be stressful, but UCAS has plenty of advice and support online. Here's its basic guide to Clearing.

  • What is Clearing? Clearing runs from 3 July to 21 October and is an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t been accepted by a university or college to find a place on another course.
  • How do I know if I can use Clearing? When you log in to Track, you’ll see if you’re in Clearing. In the ‘Next Steps’ section, there’ll be an option to ‘Add a Clearing choice.' If you applied after 30 June, you’ll automatically be entered into Clearing.
  • Where can I find vacancies? The first place to start is the UCAS search tool. When you select where you normally live along with ‘Clearing 2015’, you’ll be shown all the available courses. The Telegraph will also publish all Clearing vacancies on Thursday 13 August and Saturday 15 August.
  • How do I apply to a course in Clearing? When you’ve found the course want to apply to, give the uni a call to ask if they can consider you for a place. If they confirm that they’ll accept you, add the choice in Track in the ‘Your Choices’ section. You can speak to as many universities and colleges as you like in Clearing, but you can only add one Clearing choice at a time. This must be the place you want to accept.
  • What happens after I’ve added a Clearing choice? If the uni has offered you a place, they will update your status in Track to show you’ve been accepted. Once this has happened, your Confirmation letter will appear in Track within a week.

UCAS has more advice here, on keeping calm when making that call.

It also suggests making a free call to the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000, for independent advice about your options.

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