Students at Hertswood Academy, Borehamwood, with their A Level results in 2015
With A Level Results Day fast approaching, Middlesex University London is advising students that the Clearing process is about thriving - not just surviving.
Record numbers of students now find a university place through this route, including those who have done better than expected in exams or have decided they want to change direction.
Around one in eight students now enters their degree course through Clearing: 66,865 last year, up from around 64,900 in 2016, in spite of universities having made more offers through UCAS than ever before. There was also a rise in the number of courses on the UCAS website with places advertised increasing from 41,000 in 2016 to nearly 45,000 last year.
More students are applying direct to university once they receive their results rather than making a traditional UCAS application - 16,950 successfully gained a place this way in 2017, a 14% increase year on year.
"Make the most of what Clearing has to offer", says Middlesex University's Director of Marketing Lucy Everest. "There's a whole world of opportunity out there. My advice to students would be to keep as calm as you can and be ready to contact universities on Thursday morning in a positive frame of mind to find a course which is 100% right for you.
“Make sure you get your results as early as possible on Thursday, do some research about your options and then start contacting universities. Have all the information you need close to hand such as a UCAS number if you have one and details of your results including GCSEs or other qualifications. Middlesex has over 100 clearing advisors on hand to support you and other universities will have similar set ups.”
"The image of Clearing as a desperate scurrying around for remaining places is long out of date. Further change is on the way as many more students start coming to university via an employer. A couple of years ago I described Clearing as a "buyers' market" - this summer, this is more true than ever."
Clearing allows students to apply for a course in any subject and to any university with vacancies, including those that have previously rejected them. Students with firm and insurance offers can apply for alternative courses through Clearing once they have negotiated a release from their choices.
Middlesex University Clearing telephones (over 100 lines via 0208 411 6565) will be open from 7.30am on Thursday 17 August until 7.30pm in the evening. Lines will also be open on Friday, Saturday and the following week. Alternative channels for contacting Middlesex about Clearing are growing – initial enquiries can also be made via Facebook Messenger, and we have current students available on the Unibuddy platform who will be providing further advice on studying with us.
Students who took the Clearing route and flourished at Middlesex
Subetha Uthayaseelan, Interior Architecture graduate
"After my A-levels I decided that I wanted to study Interior Architecture and not Architecture any more. My friend applied to Middlesex to do Graphic Design, and she told me about the University and the great facilities. I was a little bit worried that it was too late to change my mind, but luckily Middlesex had a wide range of courses in Clearing. I gave them a call, emailed my results across and I managed to secure a place straight away. After being accepted, I was so happy, I felt really relieved".
"One of the reasons I enjoy studying my course is the emphasis on gaining practical experience. We are always encouraged to explore and bring our ideas to life".
Lana El Laham, Biomedical Science student
"October was approaching and I still hadn't chosen a university to attend. After researching my options over the summer, I decided that Middlesex was the ideal place for me. Applying through Clearing was easy and everyone I spoke to was very helpful. The facilities on offer are impressive and the course content is engaging, giving you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt into practice".
Jesse Gilham, Sports Science student
"I didn’t get the results I expected at A-level and applied to Middlesex through Clearing. It was easy, and they were really friendly over the phone. When I was offered a place, I was a little bit nervous about moving away from Somerset, but everyone here is so welcoming that I feel like I am part of a community. My course is fantastic and with the support of my lecturers, I recently landed a placement with Fulham Football Club. I am excited about what the future holds".