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How to survive Clearing

13 August 09

Next week thousands of students across England and Wales will be receiving their A level results (Thursday 20 August 2009) which means thousands of students in the UK will soon be going through the Clearing process to secure a place in higher education.

Clearing is the time when students can apply for courses at universities and colleges because they have either not achieved the grades they were expecting, they have overachieved on their expected grades, or they have made a last minute decision to enter higher education.

Should you enter Clearing, the advice from Jennie Coates, Head of Admissions at the University of Bradford is..."Stay calm, don't panic and get organised."

Jennie says: "A-level results day and Clearing can be a daunting time, especially if you've suffered a disappointment with grades. Ringing up universities for a place through Clearing might be the last thing you feel like doing. 

"It's important to stay calm. Thousands of other students in the UK will be in the same position and universities deal with the process of Clearing every year. There are, however, a number of things students can do to help themselves.

"Firstly, make sure that you are available to receive your results on Results Day.

"Secondly, ensure that you are familiar with Clearing practices and procedures. This information is available from UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

"Start planning ahead now - unless you are very confident that you will obtain the results you need for your firm or insurance choice offer."

To see Jennie Coates' Clearing Survival Guide for 2009 and get all her top tips, visit

For more information about applying to the University of Bradford through Clearing including what courses are available, visit, call the University free on 0800 073 4025, or e-mail 

The University of Bradford is also holding three open days for people applying through Clearing. They are as follows:

Saturday 22 August, 10am - 4pm
Sunday 23 August, 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 26 August, 10am - 5pm

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