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Parents and guardians

What you need to know

You may be feeling more nervous than your young person about their course results. You want them to get the grades they need to get a place on their first choice of course.

However, if things don't go exactly to plan, Clearing is a great option for applicants. It's their opportunity to find a university course that will still enable them to work towards their career goals. 

work together

Work with the young adult in your care to determine what course(s) they want to apply to through Clearing.

Start by talking about the careers they might want to pursue after graduation and go from there. However, it's also important to remember, they’re going to be studying their course for (at least) three years so they should choose a subject they’ll enjoy and have a passion for.

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

Here’s a couple of practical things you can do together:

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

Do this before results day, so applicants will be well prepared to secure a place on a suitable new course with ease.

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Be around on results day

However things go with their results, it is helpful for you to be around on results day to support the young person in your care. 

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. Just don’t be tempted to try and take over – it needs to be them making the calls to Clearing helplines and completing online applications. Make sure they have their UCAS personal ID and all relevant information to hand and be there to help them in whatever ways they might need.

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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 for applicants to apply for as soon as they get their results - whether they're A-levels, BTEC, Access, or equivalent qualifications. They can also get in touch at any point by calling our Clearing helpline.

Interested in Bradford? 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.

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Clearing questions and concerns

Our enquiries team are here to help - request that we give you a call back if you have any queries or concerns about Clearing.

Living on campus

If applicants are offered a place here at Bradford, they are guaranteed a room in our award-winning on-campus accommodation, The Green. This modern student village is just a few minutes away from the 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 will be on hand to provide advice and information to help them settle into university life. Our security team are onsite at The Green from 19:00-07:00 Monday to Friday and throughout the weekend, and conduct regular patrols. There is also CCTV on the site.

Secure your place at the University of Bradford

Clearing helpline opening times, displayed as British Summer Time (BST):

  • Friday 19 August, 08:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August, 09:00 – 16:00

You can apply online at any time.