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AUDIO: Preparing for A-level results day

AUDIO: Preparing for A-level results day

Published at 7:05pm 12th August 2015. (Updated at 10:02am 13th August 2015)

Students across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being urged to plan ahead before getting their A-level results.

With one in ten students placed through Clearing last year, the UCAS website is offering information to make sure everyone is fully prepared, whatever grades they achieve.

Courses with vacancies are available to view here.

Applicants can log into Track on the UCAS website from 8am on results day to see if their place has been confirmed or if they are eligible to use Clearing.

Universities and colleges will be keen to speak to qualified applicants and can make verbal offers from the morning onwards. 

After doing their research and speaking to admissions offices, students can then confirm their Clearing choice in Track from 5pm.

Key Clearing facts:

  • Clearing is an important route into university - around one in ten students who started university last year got their place this way.
  • Of the 30% of students not accepted to their firm 'first' choice, around two thirds still get a university place - about half through their 'insurance' choice and half through Clearing.
  • Almost all UCAS universities use Clearing for some of their courses - including those with the highest entry requirements.
  • But don't leave it too late - about half of people using Clearing will be placed by the Monday after results day.
  • If Clearing isn't right for you now, there's always next year. Around half of 18-year-olds who didn't get into university apply again the next year and around 90% of them get in second time.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: "Higher education is a life-defining experience, and half a million students each year now take up the challenge.

"If you think you'll be using the Clearing route to get there, don't worry - record numbers of students were placed that way last year. Most universities will have some courses with vacancies, including in subjects you might not have considered when first filling out your UCAS application.

"Universities and colleges will want to talk you - but remember to prepare and do your research before discussing your options with them. You'll find all the information you need about Clearing on our website."

Harrogate College is reminding students that university isn't the only option available to them.

Principal Debra Forsythe-Conroy has some advice:

Full information and contact details can be found on the UCAS website and students can also speak directly to a UCAS expert on Twitter or Facebook.

Experienced careers advisers are also ready to discuss the range of options open to students on the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000.