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Clearing process?

hello! just asking this as someone who is very anxious about not getting the grades they need to get into their firm university - I have an ABB offer and I'm scared I won't achieve a B in one of my subjects but I'm fairly confident I could get an A* and A in the other two - if I don't meet the grade requirement and get a C, could I still apply to my firm course through Clearing? I genuinely know next to nothing about the process and how everything works, I think I've heard that this is possible but is it likely? If not, could I choose another course at another university? how would accommodation work with that at such short notice?
sorry for the abundance of questions, I'm just very curious/worried about the whole thing :smile:
Original post by milseo
hello! just asking this as someone who is very anxious about not getting the grades they need to get into their firm university - I have an ABB offer and I'm scared I won't achieve a B in one of my subjects but I'm fairly confident I could get an A* and A in the other two - if I don't meet the grade requirement and get a C, could I still apply to my firm course through Clearing? I genuinely know next to nothing about the process and how everything works, I think I've heard that this is possible but is it likely? If not, could I choose another course at another university? how would accommodation work with that at such short notice?
sorry for the abundance of questions, I'm just very curious/worried about the whole thing :smile:


If you miss your offer conditions then your university will have your results and make a decision on whether to accept you before results day. If they accept you then you wouldn’t need clearing. If they reject you then they wouldn’t consider you through clearing (because they will normally need higher grades from clearing applicants than they will accept from firm applicants).
To answer your other questions :
For any Clearing application/place, even if you are a previous applicant, you will be at the bottom of the list for accommodation, you will be outside any 'guaranteed accommodation promise, and that may mean no accommodation at all.

This is an increasing problem at some Universities where they try and boost their finances with last-minutes extra undergraduates for whom they know they have no halls space. This is an important consideration for anyone thinking about Clearing - its one thing to get the place to study, its another to actually get somewhere to sleep.
Original post by milseo
hello! just asking this as someone who is very anxious about not getting the grades they need to get into their firm university - I have an ABB offer and I'm scared I won't achieve a B in one of my subjects but I'm fairly confident I could get an A* and A in the other two - if I don't meet the grade requirement and get a C, could I still apply to my firm course through Clearing? I genuinely know next to nothing about the process and how everything works, I think I've heard that this is possible but is it likely? If not, could I choose another course at another university? how would accommodation work with that at such short notice?
sorry for the abundance of questions, I'm just very curious/worried about the whole thing :smile:

The reality is most universities accept students with 1 and sometimes 2 dropped grades. It isnt guaranteed and depends on others meeting offers but it is very likely.

A university will accept anybody with a dropped grade before accepting clearing students with the same grade. It is in the interests of the university to get confirmed numbers rather than chance they will get someone in clearing. For that reason if a university has rejected you they wont accept you through clearing but you can apply elsewhere.

As already said clearing students are at the bottom of the pile for accommodation. Accommodation offers vary between universities. I know in recent years Swansea and others have offered guaranteed accommodation to clearing students who apply by a set date. Others for example Bristol have for several years been placing students mile away and had students living in Newport 31 miles away. If you do end up in clearing you need to check out the accommodation provisions.

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