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You can become the very best version of yourself at the University of Bradford. It’s a place where amazing things happen.

Our degrees are more than just a qualification. This is where you’ll expand your mind and make lifelong friends. This is where you’ll grow, learn, experience.
We will help you to enter the world of work fluent in a multitude of cultures, technology-savvy and primed to make a contribution in your chosen profession.

You’ll be taught by academic experts on courses that are sculpted by industry input. You can put your theory into practice in our world-class facilities and then on a work placement with some of the world’s biggest names.

You won’t just graduate – you’ll grow, develop, flourish and learn how to be a global citizen.

This is a place you can belong.
And we’ll support you every step of the way.

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We are a dedicated team of front of house staff, with a wealth of experience and understanding to help you access the support services you need to be a success.

The transition to university life is an important one, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

You'll have access to:
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• Career and Employability Services
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• Chaplaincy and faith advisers
• On-campus nursery
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The Green is the centre of student life here at Bradford. It is the accommodation recommended by the University of Bradford to our students.

The Green is just a few minutes from the Students' Union, the library and your morning lectures. It is also just a short walk away from the city centre and other local attractions. This makes it the perfect place to call home during your time at university.

Living at The Green means you'll be a part of a close-knit community. The Site Team and our Student Wardens organise social events, trips, competitions and games on and off site – so you'll have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make lots of friends

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We have more than 150 undergraduate courses to choose from.

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The University has a student support network in place to ensure all students learning experience is the best it can be. The Student Experience Team based at The Student Hub aim to provide advice and guidance on a range of queries but we also have Disability Advice, the Students Union, Library Support and an Offsite Service to support you.

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We offer over 4000 bedrooms available across a wide range of accommodation and we're confident that your time spent in halls will be so good you just won't want to leave.

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We understand, support and welcome everyone’s differences. Whether you’re starting out, changing your career path, looking to upskill or wanting to study part-time or full-time, we will empower you with the education and skills to confidently realise your potential.

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The The additional learning support team, based at the University Centre, are here to offer advice, guidance and support.

The University Centre welcomes all students with disabilities and learning difficulties and we want all our students to succeed and achieve their full potential. The role of the dedicated support staff is to help students get the most out of their studies and their time at Leeds City College.

For those students that need them, staff can help arrange alternative assessment arrangements, including exam access arrangements (such as extra time, a reader or scribe for example). Students can access assistive technology such as TextHelp (text to speech software), Mind Genius (mind mapping software), and if you need to record your sessions we can arrange to loan you a digital voice recorder.

We can help you improve your study skills, from managing your time more effectively to developing your essay planning and proofreading skills. Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) If you have a long-term injury or disability, a sensory impairment, mental health difficulties or specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADHD, etc.), a DSA can provide support to help you study more independently.

For some students it can provide general equipment such as an ergonomic desk and chair, footrest, etc., to help you when studying at home. For some it can provide assistive technology, usually software such as text-to-speech, mind mapping, dictation, etc. For some it can provide non-medical help such as 1:1 mentoring or study skills support. Some students are awarded a combination of these items. Support staff will happily provide advice and guidance to eligible students who wish to apply to their funding body for DSA, from what evidence you’ll need, to arranging a Needs Assessment, to how to arrange your final support package. For dyslexic students we can also help arrange your diagnostic assessment.

The University Centre’s support team provides mental health support to any students who feel they need it during their time studying with us. This includes offering short term, confidential counselling support, sharing relevant resources and signposting students to the appropriate mental health organisations. Students also have the opportunity get involved in raising awareness about mental health difficulties through university run campaigns and events. Staff at the university work closely with the support team to ensure that students are receiving the necessary support, through the use of help, advice and information surrounding mental wellbeing.

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Our Student Welfare Team is here to help you with any questions you may have, or with any difficulties you may encounter. They’re very friendly and approachable, and will do their best to help. They provide information, guidance and/or advice on: applying for our courses, funding and finance, accommodation, counselling and welfare, disability support, sexual health and any other student related issue. Our Learning and Academic Support teams are always happy to talk to students about what support the university can offer.

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Accommodation

All students who have accepted a place on one of our courses will be emailed with further information about the accommodation booking process. We understand that moving away from home to live in student accommodation is almost as important as finding the right place to study. The majority of our accommodation is offered to first year students on our undergraduate degree courses and a certain number of rooms are allocated to foundation diploma students moving in from outside the area.

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Leeds College of Building Leeds College of Building

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Leeds College of Building offers courses at Level 4 and 5, equivalent to the first and second years of a degree. These courses are Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND), as well as Higher Level apprenticeships.

Subject: Building Services Engineering

Part time courses
Part time Building Services Engineering courses at BTEC Level 3, Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND

Higher Apprenticeships
Level 4 Building Services Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Subject: Civil Engineering

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Part time Civil Engineering courses at BTEC Level 3, Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND

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Level 4 Construction Site Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Subject: Construction and the Built Environment

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Part time Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Construction
Part time Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Surveying
Part time Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Architectural Technology

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Full time Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND in Construction

Higher Apprenticeships
Level 4 Construction Quantity Surveyor Apprenticeship
Level 4 Construction Design and Build Technician Apprenticeship
Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Apprenticeship

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At Leeds College of Building we offer help and support when you need it, leaving you free to concentrate on your work. All Higher Education students at Leeds College of Building are allocated a Course Tutor when they start at College. Course Tutors are available to offer support and guidance to make sure you succeed in your academic studies. Higher Level apprentices also have the support of an Employer Engagement Adviser and a point of contact at their company. The College has a dedicated Student Services team, who can help with personal difficulties and financial support. Our in-house Careers Adviser is available to offer careers information, advice and guidance. All full time HNC students will receive a free laptop.

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At Leeds College of Building we offer help and support when you need it, leaving you free to concentrate on your work. All Higher Education students at Leeds College of Building are allocated a Course Tutor when they start at College. Course Tutors are available to offer support and guidance to make sure you succeed in your academic studies. Higher Level apprentices also have the support of an Employer Engagement Adviser and a point of contact at their company. The College has a dedicated Student Services team, who can help with personal difficulties and financial support. Our in-house Careers Adviser is available to offer careers information, advice and guidance. All full time HNC students will receive a free laptop.

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The University has a student support network in place to ensure all students learning experience is the best it can be. The Student Experience Team based at The Student Hub aim to provide advice and guidance on a range of queries but we also have Disability Advice, the Students Union, Library Support and an Offsite Service to support you.

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There might be times when you're struggling with life at University and would like some additional support. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help and guide you every step of the way.
Wherever you’re from and whatever your circumstances and support needs, our expert teams can work with you during your time in Leeds.

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Student Support at Leeds Trinity:
Leeds Trinity is committed to giving students a truly personal university experience, which means you can access a wide range of support, tailored to you, at every stage of your university journey.

Leeds Trinity’s Student Support Services are the first port of call for students when they need information and guidance. You can benefit from student finance advice, counselling, and disability support services, as well as tailored academic support through the Learning Hub and Peer Learning Mentor scheme.

For students living on campus, live-in resident mentors are also on-hand to ensure students feel settled and supported when moving away from home.

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There might be times when you're struggling with life at University and would like some additional support. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help and guide you every step of the way.
Wherever you’re from and whatever your circumstances and support needs, our expert teams can work with you during your time in Leeds.

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All Leeds Trinity University’s accommodation is on campus, giving students the chance to get out of bed, grab breakfast and head to lectures within minutes.
Unlike many universities, Leeds Trinity owns all of its accommodation, which means you'll always be dealing directly with the University, not a third party.
There is a range of accommodation options to suit different needs and budgets, including en-suite rooms, self-catered or part-catered halls, or budget rooms with shared facilities.
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Leeds College of Music Leeds College of Music

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At Leeds College of Music, we provide our students with a leading, multi-disciplinary education.

Our music provision began in 1965 and now, 50 years later, we offer specialist study in the following subject areas:
• Classical
• Jazz
• Film Music
• Folk
• Music Business
• Music Production
• Popular Music
• Songwriting

We’re also looking for the next generation of performers, theatre-makers and storytellers for our three actor training courses, developed in collaboration with a range of leading
industry professionals.

Our Undergraduate performing arts programmes are:
• Musical Theatre
• Acting
• Actor Musician

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Our student Services team is made up of experienced staff who can help with most student issues - from finding somewhere to live to sorting out student finance.

We are here to give you support and guidance whenever you need it during your studies. We offer a wide range of services to make sure you have the best possible support. The important thing is knowing it's okay to ask for help, the sooner the better.


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When you are offered a place to study at Leeds College of Music, your next step is to find somewhere to live.
The LCoM Accommodation team manage the allocation of rooms at two accommodation sites; Joseph Stones House and One Mill Street.

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THE ADVICE & GUIDANCE TEAM PROVIDE:

• Impartial Student Advisors to give information about College courses and to provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you

• Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel

• Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment

• Someone to talk to, trained counsellors provide a confidential, supportive counselling service, with referral to outside agencies where appropriate

• A member of the team to take on the role of advocate if you find yourself in a situation where you would like somebody to speak on your behalf (for example, in a disciplinary)

• Support in any instance relating to bullying, harassment and race hate
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At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find services and support networks to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you navigate through your personal student journey.

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for all. Our Student Support services will be there for you when you need them – from practical advice to more intensive support – to help make your time here at Huddersfield run as smoothly as possible.

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There might be times when you're struggling with life at University and would like some additional support. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help and guide you every step of the way.
Wherever you’re from and whatever your circumstances and support needs, our expert teams can work with you during your time in Leeds.

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Kirklees college is committed to supporting all of our students wherever we can, we offer a wide range of specialist support which is carefully allocated to ensure help is accessible to those who many need it. We offer support on all areas from financial advice, counselling, employability to exam support. We are also committed to providing the highest standards of support to learners who have a disability or learning difficulty

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Student Support – University Centre at Wakefield College

We pride ourselves on being able to individually tailor support to the needs of the individual student. We can offer comprehensive Library and IT services as well as a range of support offered by the HE team.

The core HE support team consists of :-

Andrew Cawtheray – Finance, careers and general information.
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Andy Kendall – Study support and DSA enquiries
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Jayne Kaye - Uni-connect, student ambassadors and general information.
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What is HE Week? What’s HE Week? What’s HE Week?

In West Yorkshire we’re really lucky - we have 13 Higher Education (HE) institutions right on our doorstep. These include three specialists (a college, a university, and a conservatoire), three University Centres, and a Russell Group university, along with six other top places you can study!

There really is something for everyone, but we understand it can be difficult to know where to start.

HE Week is all about showing you what’s on offer and giving you tips on making decisions, applying to HE, and what to expect throughout the process.

We have live events going on all week, blogs on different subjects, and a virtual HE Fair where you can learn about all the institutions in West Yorkshire.

Hear from students and lecturers, learn about specific subjects, and find out about student life, student finance and how to use UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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Writing a Personal Statement Writing a Personal Statement Not sure of what to include in your personal statement?
Fed up of hearing the same thing repeatedly?

Writing a personal statement can be a daunting process, but rest assured this guide includes everything you need to know about writing a personal statement.


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Applying through UCAS for Year 12 Applying through UCAS for Year 12 Starting your UCAS application might feel really intimidating. Suddenly you’re faced with a ton of sections to fill out, covering everything from where you go to school, to what you do in your free time, to what your teachers think of you. You might look at it and think- where on Earth do I start? And that would be totally understandable. Read below to find out just what’s expected of you in each section of your application, and how to help make completing it a breeze!



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What to expect on A-Level Results Day What to expect on A-Level Results Day This year, A-Level results will be released on Thursday 13th August and, despite exams being cancelled, it has been confirmed that Results Day will still go ahead as normal. Results will be available from 6AM, but it’s worth checking with your school, Sixth Form or College what the process is for collecting your results. At 8AM your UCAS Track will have updated to show the decisions made by your Firm and Insurance choices. Your Track will show one of the following:

Unconditional – Your place at the University and on your chosen course has been confirmed. This may be your firm or insurance choice, or both.

Unconditional Changed Course – This means that you don’t have the necessary grades for your offer, but the university has proposed a similar course requiring lower grades.

Unsuccessful – Unfortunately, this means you haven’t been accepted by your choice(s). However, there are still options available, you’re now eligible to enter university through Clearing.

Clearing

Don’t panic, thousands of students go through Clearing every year and we have some top tips to make sure you’re prepared and that the day is as stress-free as possible! However, before we get onto them, if you’ve done better than expected and surpassed your offer, you can look at ‘Adjustment’ which means you can basically trade up to a University with higher entry requirements.


1). Research
It is at this time when you need to spend time researching your options and making sure you find out about the courses that maybe of interest to you.

The easiest place to start is to look at the UCAS website which lists all the courses that are available. You can specifically search for courses that are available in Clearing 2020 and type in some keywords to match what you had originally chosen.

The good news is that this site is updated regularly, with a direct link to the University or College website which will give you more information about the course and who to contact. As a recommendation, take your time, shortlist a few courses and spend time looking at the modules and course content. Use this opportunity to note down any questions you may have that the tutor can help you with.

2).Have your UCAS track details ready
You don’t want to be searching the house franticly for that notebook you wrote your details in come 8am, so it’s a good idea to have your Track login details ready. We’d also recommend checking that all of your personal and contact details are correct before Track is frozen in the lead up to results day.

3). Contact the institution
If you do find yourself in clearing, the next step is to make sure you have some key information to hand. This includes your Clearing number from UCAS Track, your results, personal statement, details of the course, a list of queries raised and a fully charged mobile phone or access to a landline.

You now need to make the call and speak to the tutor about the course and the reasons you wish to apply. Your personal statement is a good reference point so use that to provide clear examples of how the course is the right fit for you.

It is important to be positive, enthusiastic and focused, but also use this as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course. By doing this, you are demonstrating to the tutor that you are a competent and capable student with a genuine interest in the course.

4). Make your decision
If all goes well, you may have an offer, which you should request be sent to you in writing. You can now decide whether it is one you wish to accept, or if unsure, contact other institutions on your list. You do not need to accept the first offer you get, so you may want to speak to others institutions before you decide. However, don’t forget that places will get taken up quickly; usually you have around three days to make a choice. Remember you can only add a Clearing choice on UCAS Track after 3pm on A Level results day (Thursday 13th August).

Here are some helpful resources if you’d like to find out more:
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/results-confirmation-and-clearing/what-clearing

https://www.ucas.com

https://www.whatuni.com

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Student perspective Student perspective Heather Ball BA Hons Business and Management Student 2020

I chose to study at Wakefield because of two reasons, the first was the location. Living in Wakefield and having the University Centre nearby was good for me and second was knowing I was coming to a University Centre that was good. My mum had done her degree here and I listened to her praises when making my choices.

I would say the main difference is the class size. I was in lectures up to 200 people and large class sizes however at The University Centre at Wakefield College the class sizes are smaller allowing for more dedicated one on one time from tutors.
Another difference for me was allowing me to have more flexibility working, having two dedicated days at uni allowed a good balance between uni and work. The course I was on at a traditional university had me there every day Monday to Friday which made my working hours cut down.

During my time doing my degree I got promoted at work. The degree itself has given me the confidence to speak up and lead. It was a great stepping stone for me to move forward with my career and education too.

As a Business and Management student I honestly have to say I enjoyed International Business and Management. So much so that I have a conditional offer to continue these subjects on as part of my master’s from September.
If you want to do it and can do it, do it. Everyone there is so welcoming, the tutors are brilliant and while there are moments there that are stressful it’s manageable and definitely worth the effort. Listen to the lecturers all they want to do is help you pass.

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Student perspective 2 Student perspective Julia Obral – BA Hons Business and Management

Why did you decide to study the course?
It was always one of my biggest goals to achieve a degree.

What were you doing before you joined the course?
In college, I studied business and so it was only natural that I wanted to progress to a business degree, and also worked at a local pub as an assistant manager/bar attender.

Why did you choose University Centre Wakefield?
I was very satisfied with my educational journey at Wakefield College and so I decided to stay with the same education provider. In addition, I was also encouraged by the course content, location, small class sizes and their reputation based upon the National Student Survey.

What did you think about the course?
I can honestly say that I have made a really good decision to study my degree at the University Centre. It is such a friendly environment, with excellent staff and lecturers, and the amount of support I have received is unbelievable.

What are you doing now and how did the course help?
I am currently looking for a new employment opportunity to progress my career. Although employment market is currently facing problems due to COVID-19, I am sure that having a degree will be beneficial.

Would you encourage others to study the course?
I would definitely encourage others to study for a Business Management degree as it opens up a lot of opportunities. It helps to develop you as a person as well as your skills.

What you wish you had known before the course started?
It will definitely have some difficult moments; however, it is not as hard as it seems. Make sure you are engaged and make most of the support given. All your hard work will be worth the effort!

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Future Goals Future Goals Future Goals: inspirational Creative Toolkit for Educators
Creative Toolkit Webinar; a tour of the new FutureGoals resources for educators to inspire young people about a career in the creative sector.


FutureGoals have teamed up with Burberry to develop a range of exciting new resources for schools, to inspire young people and promote careers in the creative sector. The webinar gives a tour of the new resources available, including the FutureGoals Remote and Spotlight teaching resources and inspiring video case studies from people who work in the creative sector.

All these resources can be downloaded for free from the FutureGoals website and the webinar will give you more information about all the resources available, how to download them and how these support with meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 2 and 4.

The webinar can be viewed online here and to find out more information about FutureGoals, visit our website at https://futuregoals.co.uk/creativetoolkit/

Young people can access resources directly at https://futuregoals.co.uk/remote
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UCAS Adjustment, Clearing and Extra UCAS Adjustment, Clearing and Extra UCAS Adjustment, Clearing and Extra. What are they? Why should I care?

As results day draws closer, you may see and hear the words ‘adjustment’, ‘clearing’ and ‘extra’ cropping up more and more. If you’re not sure what any of these terms mean (and being honest, I didn’t when I was at college!) then read ahead for a quick overview and links to further information.

Let’s set the scene with the scenario that most people are hoping for: results day comes, everything goes to plan, and you can embark on your Higher Education journey with no bumps in the road. You have applied for a firm and insurance choice, your firm requires 120 UCAS points and your insurance requires 112 points. You get 120 points and your firm choice accepts you! Brilliant, all is well.

Scenario two: you didn’t quite hit the 120 point requirement, you get 112 points instead. Luckily, you planned well and your insurance choice is happy for you to join them. Again, brilliant! Although you may be a bit disheartened at missing your firm, you’ve still got on a course of your choosing!

Most people will fall into one of these scenarios: things progress as expected and you are ready for your next step. ‘All well and good’ I hear you say, ‘but what happens if things don’t go to plan on results day?!’…

Scenario three: things don’t go plan, in a good way! You do better than you expected and end up with grades much higher than your predicted 120 points. If this happens, you can use UCAS Adjustment to see whether you can get onto a different course. In a nutshell, UCAS Adjustment lets you swap to something that you might not have applied for if you weren’t predicted the UCAS points or specific grades it required. If you’re eligible to use Adjustment after you receive your results, you will see the option to register for it in the UCAS Track screen. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about making changes, your original firm choice will be safe while you look for another. Take some time to think about any changes and always ask the question “If I knew I was going to get these grades beforehand, is this course something I would have chosen?”. You can speak to as many universities as you want, but you can only apply for, and accept, one change- so make it count!
Scenario four: you don’t get enough UCAS points to get into either your firm or insurance choice. Don’t worry if this happens, you can use UCAS Clearing to find a different course. You can also use Clearing if you do get the required points to get into your firm or insurance choice but have chosen not to go there: just decline that offer in Track. Through Clearing, you can apply for any course that is still open to applications. Institutions want their courses to be full so if they have spaces left by results day, they will make offers through Clearing, sometimes with a lower UCAS point tariff/ grade requirement. Just like the Adjustment option will appear in Track if you’re eligible, the Clearing option will too. In case you end up using Clearing, it’s a great idea to do some research on where and what you might want to apply for beforehand. On the day, a list of vacancies will be on the UCAS website and universities will advertise on their own websites too. Simply ring their admissions department and speak to someone about applying. You can only add one choice though so make sure you keep track of which institutions you have spoken to and who has made you a verbal offer before choosing and updating Track.

Scenario five: before results day you change your mind or you aren’t holding any offers. If you find yourself in this position, you can use UCAS Extra to find a different course. UCAS Extra is similar to Clearing in many ways but crucially, it opens between 25 February and 5 July, whereas Clearing runs from 6 July to 20 October. Like Clearing, it gives you a chance to apply for courses, one at a time. Also like Clearing, it is a good idea to call the institution you’re thinking of before using the option on Track to add an application there.

Top tips for using Adjustment, Clearing, or Extra:

1. Research, research, research!
If you think you might use any of these services, make sure you look into the courses and institutions that you would like to apply to. Check the course content, check the accommodation, check all the things that matter to you. If you study there, you’ll want to enjoy it! It will also help to gather any relevant phone numbers e.g. a dedicated clearing phone line.

2. Be organised.
You will have to contact institutions to discuss a potential application. Make sure you:
• are somewhere quiet with good phone signal
• have all your contact details handy
• know your UCAS ID number
• are ready to provide your qualifications and results
• know what questions you would like to ask

3. Ask for things in writing.
If you speak to an institution and they make you a verbal offer, ask them to send it in an email too. It will help you to keep track of what has been said, when, and by who.

4. Ask other people for advice!
This may seem obvious but definitely ask other people for their insights or opinions on your next steps. Whether you speak to a teacher, friend, family member or careers advisor, they might think of something that you don’t!

Further information:

Adjustment

https://careermap.co.uk/ucas-adjustment-what-you-need-to-know/

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/apply-and-track/results/ucas-adjustment-if-youve-done-better-expected

Clearing
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/apply/clearing/introduction-to-clearing

https://www.ucas.com/connect/blogs/ucas-clearing-advice-university-staff

Extra
https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/types-offer/extra-choices
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/ucas-application/ucas-extra-no-offers
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