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What you need to know

We know it’s not easy being a parent, and especially at this time of the year.

You may be feeling more nervous than your child about their exam results. You want them to get the grades they need to get their first choice. You want them to be happy.

However, things may not always work the way we’d hoped, but sometimes, things can still work out for the better.

If the day doesn’t go exactly to plan, and your child needs to find a course through Clearing, here’s how you can help.

Learn how Clearing works

Do your research online so you're sure exactly how the UCAS process works, and what options are open to your child.

Start by checking out our Clearing guide.

Help them prepare

Talk about the career they want to pursue after graduation and go from there. They’re going to be studying their course for (at least) three years so it also needs to be something they’ll enjoy and are good at.

In the end it’s their decision, but make sure you’re there as a sounding board, if needed, to help them be confident in their choices.

Here’s a couple of practical things they can do:

  • Draw up a shortlist of alternative courses and universities
  • Make a note of all the university Clearing numbers you may need

Do this before results day, so if things don’t go to plan you have a well-thought-out Plan B.

Be around on results day

A level results day is on Thursday 15 August. If your child is getting their results that day, it would be useful to be on-hand to offer support if possible.

You could go with them to pick up their results – if they want you to that is!

If they don’t get the results they expected, stay calm and positive, and help them focus on their next step. Don’t be tempted to try and take over – it needs to be them making the calls to Clearing helplines or online applications. Make sure they have their UCAS personal ID and all relevant information to hand before they do this though.

Most universities will be open for visitors around Clearing. If your son or daughter needs to choose an alternative university in Clearing it’s a good idea to go and get a feel for campus if possible – being able to take them would be really handy. We have a Clearing Open Day on Saturday 17 August.

We're here to help

Getting prepared ahead of time is the best way to keep that stress at bay.

The University of Bradford has places available that your child can apply for as soon as they get their results - whether they're A-levels, BTEC, Access, international qualifications and more. They can also get in touch at any point by calling our Clearing helpline on 01274 233 081.

Have a look through our available courses, find out more about studying here, and discover the city of Bradford. You can even take a tour of the campus through our Virtual Experience.

What's it like being a student in Bradford?


A home from home

Your child is guaranteed a place in our award-winning on-campus accommodation, The Green. By living at The Green, students are just a few steps away from their lecture theatres, the library, support services and the Students' Union.

Students living at The Green are looked after by a team of resident wardens who provide advice and information to help them settle into university life. Our security team is on-hand at The Green from 19:00-07:00 Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend, with regular patrols and CCTV around the site.