Ahead of A Level results day on Thursday, August 17, we’ve pulled together all the information you need to be ready to find your place in higher education through Clearing. We understand it can be a stressful time but by sticking to the guidance below you’ll find the degree programme and institution which is right for you…

Be prepared

It’s a good idea to identify the institutions that you’re interested in applying to, have a look at their websites and find out what Clearing information is available to you in advance.

Make a note of the Clearing hotline number for any of the institutions you’d like to speak to – UCFB’s is 0300 737 5800 - and find out as much as you can about the programmes they’re offering.

Have some constructive questions ready to ask the admissions advisors for when you call. You might want to ask about Open Days and opportunities to visit so that you can take a look around. Asking questions will make you look enthusiastic and motivated – qualities that will impress the institutions you are contacting.

Keep results day, Thursday August 17, free

You should keep Thursday, August 17, and the following few days free as you may need to make important phone calls and decisions over this period.

Before you start ringing institutions, make sure you have your phone fully charged and that you have a pen, paper and internet access.

The day of A Level results is extremely busy for institutions and stressful for applicants, so be prepared for a busy day and remember to check your time-zone if you’re calling from overseas. UCFB will be open to assist you from 8.00am on the day.

Take a deep breath…

Remember to take a deep breath and don’t rush into making any big decisions. You’re about to commit the next few years of your life to studying a subject in considerable depth. Make sure you think about the decision carefully and consider speaking to your family or supporters for advice about the decision.

Talking to your teachers, parents, or someone you know who’s already been through the results day process can really help in avoiding any last-minute panic on results day.

It will really help you to stay calm and be as proactive as possible. The Clearing process is designed to help you by being as straight forward as possible; you just need to call up the higher education institutions which interest you.

Remember to confirm your place!

Once you’ve selected a course and institution, you will need to work with their admissions team to confirm your place. You might need to log in to UCAS to select your course, complete an application form or send in certificates for qualifications.

Remember to keep a close eye on your emails during this time and if you need any help, you can call UCFB admissions.

Make the most of all the support out there

And finally, make sure you take advantage of all the help and support that is available to you throughout the Clearing process.

You can contact us for advice via our online live chat or here.