(Original post by atlas)
Maybe I didn't write that point accurately, what I was trying to get across was, I asked 'in the case of an insufficient number of applicants achieving their required A-Level grades, should I inquire about clearing places on results day?' (words to that effect). However, the uni of Manc said 'we don't do clearing'. I asked the question again, 'what if you don't get enough applicants achieving the required grades?' They said 'it doesn't work like that'. Three or four different staff said the same thing, so I was quite confused.
I'm confused as well.
That's almost exactly how it works: if they get less offer-holders achieving the grades than they have places for the course, they look at the people who missed it and decide if they want to take any of them on regardless. If they still don't have all their places filled, those places go into Clearing ... unless they don't enter Clearing on principle. In my opinion, it sounds like that's what Manchester is saying.
I'd recommend try asking again, but in the one e-mail and presented clearly; something to the effect of, "I know you don't yet know whether or not your courses are full, but if a course was to have places remaining after the A-level results have been released, would those places be entered for Clearing or does the University of Manchester not enter Clearing at all?"
What is the reason that a prospective university can't offer me a place now, seeing as I've already got my A-Levels? I imagine that it's because there are virtually no courses that aren't fully subscribed, that right?
There may be a few courses that can - courses that, even with the main application and Extra, have not yet made more offers than they have places (to use easy numbers, they have 100 spaces and have only made ninety offers.) You can't actually enter them as your Clearing choice yet, but you could get an unofficial offer by e-mail.
However, by and large, even courses that are showing as not full on UCAS have given more offers than they have spaces (again to use easy numbers, they have 100 spaces and have given 150 offers) - they just want to give out a few more offers (say they would have liked to have 160 offers out there), in the hope that they don't have any/a lot of spaces in Clearing because Clearing is a nightmare for everyone. All these students ringing you up begging for places...
Clearing only matches up students without a place with places without a student to fill them. If a course has more offers out there than it has places, the uni don't yet know how many, if any, places they'll have going for Clearing applicants, therefore they can't give you a Clearing offer yet even though you already have your grades.