Tips on how to keep clear on results day

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CLEARING is a match-making service - matching students who haven’t got places, with universities who have spaces.

It helps students who have applied late, not applied at all, missed their place, or even just changed their minds about where they want to go and what they want to do.

The night before A level results day

l Get an early night; you need to wake up refreshed.

l Dig out all your UCAS and university correspondence

l Make sure your mobile phone is charged.

l Get together a pen, notepad and calculator.

l Have a copy of your personal statement and reference.

On A level results day

If you find yourself in Clearing it can feel like it’s the end of the world, but all is not lost.

Don’t panic! You may feel like you have nowhere to turn, but you do.

By remaining calm and doing some research you can be back on track for uni life in no time.

Check your UCAS Track, to confirm that you are in Clearing and get your Clearing number – you’ll need this so keep it handy. If you haven’t applied through UCAS at all, don’t worry. When you call the Clearing hotline at St Helens College we will take your details and apply to UCAS for you. We’ll even pay the UCAS fee!

Do your research. Check the UCAS website, university and college websites and newspapers to find out which courses are in Clearing. Then look up courses you like in more detail. All of the courses that St Helens College still have availability on can be found on

List the courses you are interested in, in order of preference, then it’s time to make some calls!

The Phone Calls

You must contact the colleges and universities directly.

Don’t let your mum/dad/carer make the calls!

The admissions tutors need to speak to you – they can only make an offer to the candidate.

Be enthusiastic. This course may not be your first choice, but there is still competition for places so show the admissions tutor you are keen.

Decision time

You can speak to as many colleges and universities as you like, but you can only enter one Clearing choice at a time on UCAS Track.

Don’t enter anything until a college or university has verbally offered you a place.

The college or university will then accept your Clearing application – and you’re done! A new and exciting chapter of your life is about to begin.

St Helens College still have availability on a range of full-time university degree courses and is rated number one for student satisfaction in higher education based on results from the National Student Survey and Which? University.

The clearing hotline for St Helens College is open now – call 0800 027 1221.