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    In the news I've been hearing the Government are putting a cap on 10 000 clearing places and that more students then ever will be applying to uni this year. I've heard that tens of thousands will be left with out a place this year. So in case you don't make an offer will competition in clearing be fierce, almost impissible to get a place?
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    lets not think about that till results day eh
    fingers crossed it wont come to thatttt
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    If you go to clearing you still have a good chance. Remember a lot of the people going through clearing have REALLY bad grades and are applying for the very bottom end of Universities. If you have half way decent grades but missed your offers, apply to some of the better Universities in clearing, who will maintain relatively high entry requirements, even in clearing. Most of the people in the clearing system won't have the results to apply to these Universities, and hence the number of people you are directly competing against is much lower.

    Are you certain you aren't going to meet your offers? Most people do, even if they think they've done very badly. Plus a lot of the time, if you narrowly miss your offer, they'll give you a place anyway.
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    (Original post by Dionysus)
    If you go to clearing you still have a good chance. Remember a lot of the people going through clearing have REALLY bad grades and are applying for the very bottom end of Universities. If you have half way decent grades but missed your offers, apply to some of the better Universities in clearing, who will maintain relatively high entry requirements, even in clearing. Most of the people in the clearing system won't have the results to apply to these Universities, and hence the number of people you are directly competing against is much lower.

    Are you certain you aren't going to meet your offers? Most people do, even if they think they've done very badly. Plus a lot of the time, if you narrowly miss your offer, they'll give you a place anyway.
    My grades could be anywhere from BBB-CCC, do I still have a chance?
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    It will be harder, that's for certain, but the best thing we can do really is to hope for the best.
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    If people with 2 A-levels manage to get into universities through clearing nowadays, I'm sure you'll be fine.
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    I actually declined my place at the University of Creative Arts and have called up loads of different places and most seem to have spaces available for clearing, the lists just haven't come out yet.
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    If you think about it, the clearing lists shouldn't be hit massively, as even with the applicants surge, most people applying that wouldn't normally apply are hardly straight A or even B students. Therefore, universities which ask upwards of BBB at A-Level (for example) might have a few more applicants and a few less places available, but they aren't going to be full up because of the people who normally left school and got a job now want in- statistically, if these people go to university, its to ones who require towards the bottom end of the scale in terms of entry.

    People might have to be a bit less picky though- the exact course and exact institution may not be exactly what they're after, but that has to be weighed up against the disadvantages. I have it on decent authority that Aberdeen hasn't reported a huge rise in applications, and its location automatically puts off 50% of Scotland and 90% of England- hence why it asks for ridiculous grades, BCC at A-Level is usually enough. If people can hack the 6 hours travelling time from the midlands, its a much better bet than the entry would suggest. As is to be expected though, you will have a hard time gaining entry to a popular course at a popular university if you're going in through clearing having only come late and with low grades to the university scene.
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    "Data published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service showed that demand for degree courses increased by almost 10 per cent this year.

    Numbers are up by more than 52,000 overall amid dire warnings of job shortages in the recession."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...ons-surge.html
 
 
 
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