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    so yeah what does clearing mean?

    And for what reasons do some people apply through clearing?

    Thanks in advance.
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    PS Reviewer

    In simplest terms, it is a matching up exercise. Come results day, you have two things: uni places that haven't been filled (too many people missed the offer and the uni didn't have enough what they deem to be 'close enough' misses to fill the remaining places, or more unusually courses that never had enough people) and applicants who don't have a place. Clearing gives the applicants without places a chance to see what courses need students and, if they like the look of any of them, they can apply through Clearing.

    It can be used by anyone who has applied through UCAS but doesn't hold an offer on A-levels results day. The most common reason is people have missed their firm (and insurance, if applicable) offer, but other reasons include: having failed to get an offer through the main process or Extra, entering the cycle at a late stage (after June 30th, applications automatically go to Clearing) and declining all offers to change uni/course.

    It is when all the road sweepers come out onto the streets after the whole kefuffle and sweep up the shattered dreams.

    It's a bit like when a caterpillar goes into a cocoon.

    It's a process about a week long when a student disappears into his/her room with a phone and a laptop, and a stack of previously unopened prospectus. Unlike before the exams, you won't see or hear from them, until finally, they emerge as a beautiful fully formed undergraduate and tell everyone how happy they are that they missed LSE's offer by 200 points, and Business Joint Honours at Middlesex is actually what they wanted to do all along.

    And how it's really well regarded.

    No, really.

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