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are you guaranteed a place in clearing?

I wanted to know if you have the entry requirements for a uni in clearing are you guaranteed a place?
Please could someone let me know. Thank you
(edited 2 years ago)
No, all depends on how many spaces they have, how many people apply through clearing, etc - it never hurts to ask but there are no guarantees
Original post by Mathstarget10
I wanted to know if you have the entry requirements for a uni in clearing are you guaranteed a place?
Please could someone let me know. Thank you

No. Many unis will only have limited spaces available, and will pick and choose applicants, just as they would in a normal application cycle.
Original post by AmIReallyHere
No, all depends on how many spaces they have, how many people apply through clearing, etc - it never hurts to ask but there are no guarantees

So if I decline my place at my firm/insurance and then go through clearing for another uni I could still be rejected by the clearing uni? Surely that shouldn’t be right because I would basically be left with nowhere because I wouldn’t be able to go back to my firm/insurance
Original post by SarcAndSpark
No. Many unis will only have limited spaces available, and will pick and choose applicants, just as they would in a normal application cycle.

So is it not recommended to decline a place at firm/insurance? Since it could potentially leave me with no uni to go to?
Original post by Mathstarget10
So if I decline my place at my firm/insurance and then go through clearing for another uni I could still be rejected by the clearing uni? Surely that shouldn’t be right because I would basically be left with nowhere because I wouldn’t be able to go back to my firm/insurance

Technically, yes. As unis aren't meant to give you a Clearing offer without you being "in Clearing" (so before you decline your firm/insurance) - and they could run out of spaces in between you declining your firm and calling up wherever you want to go in Clearing...
Original post by Mathstarget10
So is it not recommended to decline a place at firm/insurance? Since it could potentially leave me with no uni to go to?

Yes, you could potentially end up with nothing. If you exceed your firm choice offer, you could use adjustment, though.

Also, do bear in mind that unis on the UCAS clearing search tool may not actually have spaces available. It's best to directly check with unis if there are places.
(edited 2 years ago)
Original post by thegalaxy
Technically, yes. As unis aren't meant to give you a Clearing offer without you being "in Clearing" (so before you decline your firm/insurance) - and they could run out of spaces in between you declining your firm and calling up wherever you want to go in Clearing...

Thanks for letting me know. What would you suggest if I don’t want to go to my firm/insurance, is it just a huge risk going into clearing?
Original post by SarcAndSpark
Yes, you could potentially end up with nothing. If you exceed your firm choice offer, you could use adjustment, though.

Also, do bear in mind that unis on the UCAS clearing search tool may not actually have spaces available. It's best to directly check with unis if there are places.

Ah okay. Thank you for your help.
Original post by Mathstarget10
Thanks for letting me know. What would you suggest if I don’t want to go to my firm/insurance, is it just a huge risk going into clearing?

If you don’t want to go to either your firm or insurance then you are not risking anything by entering clearing as you don’t want to take up either place.

Clearing is primarily for unplaced students. It’s not really designed for you to hold onto a place and shop around.

Wait and see what happens on results day. You might end up in clearing regardless, or one of your choices might offer you an alter course that you hadn’t considered.
Original post by Mathstarget10
Thanks for letting me know. What would you suggest if I don’t want to go to my firm/insurance, is it just a huge risk going into clearing?

Well, which would be worse? Not having a place at all, or going to your firm?

If you don't want to go to your firm anyway, you have nothing to lose!
Original post by Mathstarget10
Thanks for letting me know. What would you suggest if I don’t want to go to my firm/insurance, is it just a huge risk going into clearing?

If you don't want to go to your firm/insurance then you shouldn't go even if you don't get a place through clearing. Its an expensive, long term commitment so if you are sure you don't want to go there then go into clearing and approach your chosen uni/unis asap - if you get the grades they normally take and they have places on your course you'll get it - if not you can apply for next year and as you have the grades you'll get a firm offer.
Original post by Mathstarget10
I wanted to know if you have the entry requirements for a uni in clearing are you guaranteed a place?
Please could someone let me know. Thank you


No, you'll still have to make contact and apply for a place, either online or through the phone. Courses that have places still available tend to go quickly so it's best to apply as soon as you can.
Original post by Mathstarget10
I wanted to know if you have the entry requirements for a uni in clearing are you guaranteed a place?
Please could someone let me know. Thank you

Hello, how are you? :smile:

You're not guaranteed a place unfortunately, you can call university helplines today most are open until around 5/5:30. At Bradford, our helpline is open until 8pm today, so feel free to call our team to discuss your options!

Good luck, I hope you find the right university for you :smile:

Becky

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