The proportion of A-level students awarded an A or A* grade has hit a six-year high, with more than one in four being awarded top marks.
With help from UCAS, here are some of the answers to the key questions students may have on Clearing, based on some of the most common Google searches on the subject in the UK last year.
- How does Clearing work?
- When does Clearing open and how long does it last?
Clearing opened on July 5 and closes on October 23.
- How do I apply for a university place through Clearing?
- How do I add a Clearing choice?
- How long does Clearing take?
- When do universities get A-level results?
- Is it easy to get into university through Clearing?
However if you haven't got the results you need, or have done much better than expected here's some general advice from UCAS:
- If you just miss out, the university or college might accept you anyway.
- You might get a place on either your firm or insurance choice, depending how well your exams go.
- You might be offered an alternative by the university/college - a 'changed course offer' (which you'll need to accept or decline).
- You might not get a place, but you can search through the Clearing service to see what courses still have vacancies.
If you do better than expected...
- If you had a conditional firm offer you met and exceeded, you might be curious about courses with higher entry requirements.
If things don't go to plan..
- Find info about exam reviews and appeals - you'll need to try to arrange the review as quickly as possible, and keep in touch with your university or college to keep them up-to-date.
- Look for course vacancies in the UCAS clearing service, or look into other options - like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship - either instead of higher education, or just while you reapply for next year.
If you've got a place...
- Congratulations! Your confirmation letter should appear five to seven days after your place is confirmed. (Your letter is not emailed or posted to you, it will be available in your 'Track' login)
- Make sure you check your confirmation letter carefully - it will say if there's anything else you need to do, or if your university or college will be in touch with further instructions; maybe to provide proof of your qualifications or medical requirements for example.