Missed a place in Clearing
What do you do if you don't get a place at University?
It is likely that there will be a large number of well-qualified school and college students who just miss out on a place at University. With limited clearing places available, many students will be concerned about getting a place on their chosen course. Here are our top five tips for school and college students who miss out on a place at University.
1. Stay focused
It is not the end of the world; it is very competitive to get a place at University. Sit down and consider all of your options carefully taking advice from tutors and/or parents. Look at University websites and newspapers for places available in Clearing. You may be surprised by variety of courses still available. If you find a course in clearing, get on the phone to the University as soon as possible and discuss with them what to do next.
2. Mind the GAP (year)
Taking a GAP year volunteering or travelling can be rewarding however ensure you make the most of the year. Universities will not be impressed by you taking a year to brush up on your video gaming skills. Ask your chosen University if they will offer you a place for 2014 entry.
3. Get some experience
Universities and employers both value the benefits of applicants having an understanding of the workplace. Getting a job or an internship for a year may have additional benefits including the opportunity later to combine studying with employment.
4. Keep learning
If you are unable to get a place due to your grades you may wish to re-sit some of your exams. There are also number of alternative routes into University including Foundation Degrees and Access Courses. You can also earn whilst you learn through an Apprenticeship.
5. Be proactive
If you are determined to go to University you must ensure you get the correct advice. It may well be even more competitive next year to get a place. Be open-minded and look at a wider range of subjects. Contact your chosen University and find out what you need to do to get offered a place in 2014. Speak to your career advisor and/or tutor.