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What is a University Clearing Open Day?

Aug 11, 2017, by Jemma

It's all about the exam results this month! Some of you may not make the grades and secure your spot at uni, some of you may have done better than expected and want to change your choice and some of you may have only just decided that university is for you. If you fall into any of these categories (like 33,000 students did in 2016) then 'Clearing' is for you! Yay!


What is Clearing?

'Clearing' is where universities and colleges can list courses which still have places. Clearing starts in July and runs through until September, but August is typically the busiest month when A-Level results are released.

You've secured a spot through Clearing and still unsure?

Then attend a Clearing Open Day. These are special events, not quite to the scale you would have experienced at previous university open days. The Open Day will give you the chance to meet tutors who will be teaching your course, as well as other prospective applicants. It's likely you'll get to meet students already studying at the university so you can get questions answered from their perspective. Before you accept your offer, it's a great way to see if it's the right fit for you.

What if it's not right for me?

Then you need to decline your offer and you're back in Clearing, remember the longer you stay in Clearing, the course list will shorten as places fill up. Sadly Clearing is not a decision you can take too much time over, but the Open Days and research you would have done earlier in the year will stand you in good stead in making the right choice for you.

Do I have to go to a Clearing Open Day?

Nope. These events are designed for students who just need a litte reassurance in where they'll be spending the next few years of their lives. In fact, parents may be more keen than you to attend to make sure you're going to be in the best place.