Clearing is a bit of a mystery, and like most other mysterious creatures, it has a whole load of myths surrounding it. So to help you understand how it all works, we've set things straight and separated the fact from the fiction.
Clearing is for people who didn’t get the grades
Clearing is for many different people in many different situations. Yes, one part of clearing is for people who may not have got the results they needed for their first choice university. However Clearing is also for those who changed their mind about what uni they wanted to go to, it’s for those who hadn’t previously applied to university, or for people who had taken a gap year or some time out after their A-Levels.
You can’t live in halls if you come through clearing
This is incorrect. We have accommodation at our City North campus that we offer to Clearing students who live more than 10 miles away. If you come in late and all our halls are fully booked we will help you to find accommodation elsewhere. Find out more here.
You need to accept an offer by the end of results day
You have 24 hours to accept your offer, meaning that you don’t have to make any spur of the moment decisions.
Clearing closes on A Level results day
Clearing is actually open all the way through until 20 September. Even if you miss the boat on results day, there's still opportunities available through to the end of September.
There are not many places available
You have to accept your first offer
You can receive multiple offers from multiple universities, although you can only accept one.
You have to study the course you had originally applied to
One way in which many people take advantage of Clearing is by changing their course. If you have gone off the course you originally applied for, Clearing may be a good opportunity to explore your options.
If you come through Clearing you won’t be equal to others on your course
This couldn’t be more wrong. More often than not you would have gotten onto a course with similar grades to those who applied to it first time around.
You can only speak to universities over the phone
At BCU you can start your application with our online form, or contact us over Twitter and Facebook. This is a great way to ask about vacancies and if you have the correct grades for the course you want to study.
You have to have an interview when you call the hotline
You will not be interviewed when applying on the phone through Clearing. When you call the hotline you will be speaking to our staff who can process your application. Only sometimes will you need to speak with lecturers or tutors on your course. As part of your application you may have to attend an interview but this will come at a later date.
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