Understanding the Clearing Process

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This webinar delivered by The University of Bradford, provided an in-depth overview of the clearing process, key dates, preparation tips for students, and strategies for supporting students through the clearing process.

Key Topics Covered

  1. Introduction and Objectives
    • Caroline Priestley introduced the session and outlined the objectives.
    • Ailsa Mackenzie shared her experience with the clearing process.
  2. Preparation for Results Day
    • Importance of having all key information ready (university contact numbers, UCAS login, etc.).
    • Encouraging students to research universities and courses in advance.
    • Preparing a Plan B in case the expected results are not achieved.
  3. Key Dates
    • Clearing opens on July 5, 2024.
    • A-level results day is August 15, 2024.
  4. Supporting Students on Results Day
    • Staff, including outreach teams and students, are available to support students.
    • Encouraging students to stay calm and reach out for help if needed.
  5. Clearing Process Explanation
    • Clearing is for students who didn’t receive any offers, declined offers, or didn’t meet the conditions of an offer.
    • Students can apply to universities with available spots starting from July 5.
  6. Student Preparedness
    • Importance of having a Plan B.
    • Encouraging students to visit open days and speak to current students and staff.
  7. Handling Different Outcomes
    • If students underperform, they can consider gap years, retakes, or applying to different courses.
    • Universities may reconsider students for certain courses during clearing.
    • Foundation years and access courses as alternative pathways.
  8. Clearing Plus
    • A UCAS tool that matches students with courses based on their profiles and preferences.
  9. Success Stories and Tips
    • Students are encouraged to stay organised, write down key information, and make informed decisions.
    • Parents and carers should support students but allow them to lead the decision-making process.
  10. Specific University Information
    • Each university has different processes and may require interviews for certain courses.
    • Example from the University of Bradford about their specific requirements and progression schemes.
  11. Q&A Session
    • Addressed questions from participants.
    • Reiterated the importance of making the right choice for the individual student.


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