Make sure you are at home to receive your offers. Or at least somewhere where you have internet access as you may need to act quickly, especially if your results are not quite what you hoped.
Once you receive your results, you will be in one of the positions below.
- You are accepted by your firm choice. Hooray!
- You are accepted by your firm choice and you meet and exceed the conditions of the offer. This means you could go through ‘adjustment’ and change to another degree, but only if you want to. Find out more details on the UCAS website.
- You receive a ‘changed course’ offer. The university has not accepted you onto your original choice of subject but has offered you another subject instead. You don’t have to accept it, you can take your chances in Clearing but you need to decide quickly.
- Your results don’t meet the conditions of your firm choice but you are accepted by your insurance choice. This is the point of the insurance choice which is why it is important to think carefully about which offers you take forward as you firm and insurance choices.
- Your results don’t meet the conditions of any of your choices. You will be automatically be entered into Clearing and be given a Clearing number. You should log on to the UCAS website and search for places on courses that you would like to study. You then need to phone the Universities directly and speak to them about these courses. Be prepared. You will be asked why you want to study the courses, why you want to go to that University, why they weren’t one of your first choices etc. Be ready but act quickly, it is first come first served system.
- You are not holding any offers. You will be entered directly into Clearing. Log into Track to collect your clearing number and then go through the procedures above. You have a bit of an advantage however as you can have semi-prepared your answers beforehand knowing you will be using the Clearing system to get your place. Around 50,000 people get place through Clearing each year.
For more about each of these situations look at the UCAS website.