Preparing for Clearing

While everyone hopes they will have achieved the grades they need to get their place at their chosen university, it's always best to be prepared just in case you need to go into Clearing.

Here are some hints and tips to help make sure you're ready for results day:

Do your research before results day

Take a look at courses beforehand to make sure you know what you'd like to apply for. You need a minimum standard for some subjects (e.g. Pharmacy) so you may have to look at other subject choices too. Course availability may change, so make sure you have a few options.

  • What alternative courses or subjects might you like to study?
  • Which universities might you like to go to?
  • Make a list of your top course choices.
  • Make a note of all relevant hotline numbers to call on results day.

Be around

Make sure you're available on results day and the week following Clearing. It's best not to plan any long holidays during Clearing time if possible. You should be prepared to:

  • make calls*
  • deal with paperwork

visit your chosen university - find out how you can visit Hertfordshire here.

* Universities will usually only deal with the applicant themselves, not their parents, teachers or friends, so you'll need to be the one who makes the calls.

Be connected

Store universities Clearing hotline phone numbers on your mobile so that you have them to hand when it is time to start calling. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged - you don't want to run out of battery at the wrong time!

The Clearing hotline for the University of Hertfordshire is 0300 303 6300. Our phone lines will be open from 6:00 on results day (15 August 2019).

Be ready

Before you start calling, make sure you have all the relevant information ready.

  • your UCAS number (if you have one), You can find this on UCAS Track.
  • your course of choice
  • your results - we will want your Level 3 qualifications (such as A-Levels and BTEC's) as well as your GCSE grades for English, Maths and Science.

Be prepared

You may speak to an academic on the phone line, so be prepared for a short conversation with them. They will also be able to help with any questions you have about the course which may help you make your final decision.

Make your decision

You can call as many universities as you like or may need to. Take your time to consider your offers before submitting your choice through UCAS. Check out our social media pages, our forum on The Student Room and take another look at the course webpage to make sure you're happy with your decision.