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5 reasons Clearing could be for you!

Clearing can be a lifeline for many students, whether it’s a change of circumstance, a change of mind, or things just don’t go as you had planned.

Here are 5 examples of the reasons why students may apply through Clearing:

1. Didn’t get the grades

Though you may feel disappointed if you don’t achieve the grades required for your original university choice, don’t let this deter you from going to university altogether. You can find similar courses through Clearing, and chances are you will find yourself happier in your new choice.

2. Change of course choice

Applying for University can feel overwhelming. There are thousands of courses to choose from, and so much pressure to make the right choice. But if you change your mind after applying to university the traditional way, Clearing might be for you.

3. Change where you want to live

Since applying for university you may change your mind about where exactly you want to live for the next three years.

4. Change of career

Many students who apply through Clearing are mature students, who already started their working life, but have come to the decision to change the career path they’re on. Because of this change in career it may feel difficult to fulfil entry requirements, so applying through Clearing can help you get onto the course you want, and fill in any gaps in qualifications through things like foundation years.

5. Life changes

Life has a habit of never going to plan (just look at 2020). If your original life plans have suddenly changed, you may feel unsure of where to turn to next. But going to University is still an option, if you want to retrain or achieve qualifications in your existing specialism, applying to university through Clearing can help get you back on track regardless of qualifications.

People just like you use Clearing every year as a way of determining the best path for them into university. When you join university, you won't be the only person to have come in through Clearing!

This shared experience means that you will have a support network for when you arrive in September. Universities are always prepared for a few tears when going through Clearing, too, and we are there to support you however we can.

The best thing you can do if you want to understand your options is to chat directly with your chosen university. Clearing doesn't just start on results day, so they are there to provide support, guidance or just a friendly ear in advance of you getting your grades.

If you already have your grades then you can start looking and applying for places from today!
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best of luck to everyone!

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