how do you go about clearingWatch
Best thing to do is walk home via the newsagents and pick up a copy of the independant which will have the complete listing in it (the mirror has a regional listing).
If you've got the web at home then the contact number for clearing will probably be listed on the main page of uni's websites and details will almost certainly be included with the course listings in the newspaper.
Clearing goes on for at least a good fortnight and some places are still available well into september but it's best to be ready to spend the thursday and friday ringing around getting an idea of which places are likely and then if you can be ready to visit possible uni's at the beginning of the next week (or over the weekend).
Look on the UCAS website and try to get an idea of which courses uni's you'd be looking into so that you've got somewhere to start from. Lots of places will offer you a clearing place over the phone but ONLY send off your CEF (the form you'll get from UCAS for clearing) when you are 100% sure because sending it off is the equivalent of firmly accepting an unconditional offer - you're bound to go there.
It's important to ring up on the THURSDAY or at the latest Friday to at least make contact and get a feel for if they're interested in you.
It isn't first come first served - most uni's wont make definite decisions on clearing applicants until the next week (it takes til then to get a feel for how many insurance students are likely to take up their places) so they'll generally set a standard of what grades they'll be interested in taking and if you meet those grades and contact them during thurs or friday then you're in with a fair chance of getting a place IF YOU WANT TO....despite the percieved rush the worst thing that you can do during clearing is to rush into a decision that isn't right. If it's likely to take you a week to organise a visit to the uni (and you haven't been there already) then it's worth letting the admissions tutor know...they'll respect your honesty and how serious you're taking the decision.
The best thing to do is to visit unis and take along your CEF - that way if you find a uni that feels right you can confirm everything in person there and then.
Most people don't recieve their CEFs until the monday if not later so the official side of things doesn't start until then.
Also, asking for a friend, if you miss your grades and expect not to get into your first choice, but don't find out straight away (he says it usually takes them about a week to let people know) is it still OK to ring around Unis that are in clearing and see if they'll take you? It's quite important for him, since he has no insurance.
Yep - because nothing is made official until the CEF form is sent off to the uni's it's fine to get a good idea of what places are available even if you're not 100% sure if you'll be in clearing or not.
Although the first place to ring would be his firm choice though to see if they can confirm or deny his place - or at the very least give him a definite day when they'll be able to do this
When it comes to first choice uni's it's worth making sure you have the direct dial number for the admissions tutor/secretary for your course. If you get the grades and just want to double check that you're in (paranoia and all) then use the general hotline for your firm uni and they'll be able to do that for you...if you drop a grade and want to argue your case then phone the direct number (or call the general uni number and ask to be put through)
His uni is LSE, so I imagine it'd be quite tough if he missed the grades. But I certainly wouldn't put it past him to charm his way in.