University of Liverpool’s top tips for clearing

A LEVEL results day is fast approaching and students across the country will be nervously awaiting their results to see if they had made it into their university of choice. For those who have not received the required grades, there is no need to worry – most UK universities will still have places available on a number of different courses and students can apply for these through the clearing process. Ian Roberts, Director of Student Recruitment, Admissions & Widening Participation at the University of Liverpool, offers the following tips to students going into clearing:
  1. Interview
When you telephone a university to ask for a place through Clearing treat the experience like an interview. Often you will speak to an academic who teaches that subject so they will want to see if you would be an enthusiastic and motivated member of their class.
  1. Qualifications
Universities make offers based on your results so make sure you know what qualifications you have completed and your full results. Each year we get students tell us what they think the A level equivalent of their grades are but we need to know what qualification you actually have. If you have a BTEC, what type of BTEC is it? Also, be prepared to talk about relevant work experience and why you want to study that subject.
  1. In person
On results day ensure that you will have access to the internet and a telephone as university staff legally cannot discuss your application with anyone else unless you personally provide permission for us to do so.
  1. Research
Admissions requirements vary greatly at different institutions. Before and on results day look at websites to find universities that suit your academic profile. If you will achieve Bs you don’t want to sell yourself short by accepting a course that requires Ds. If a university typically asks for As, and you get Cs, it is likely that they will not accept your grades so telephoning them may be a waste of your time.
  1. Ask
Selecting a course and university is a big decision so make a list of questions that will help you make an informed choice. Ask about module choices, study abroad opportunities, scholarships, accommodation, etc. Also, remember to find out what you need to do next if you want to accept the offer and if there is a deadline.
  1. Who to contact
The UCAS website is a good starting point for advice and don’t forget your teachers who have helped many students before you. Universities will have information about vacancies on their homepages. At Liverpool we have a website with details of our vacancies and contact details. Confirmation and Clearing can be a stressful time for everyone so try to keep calm and call upon your support network and if you have any queries contact us and we will do our best to help you.