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Here's the information you will need if you are supporting your son or daughter through the Adjustment and Clearing process.
Adjustment and Clearing give students a second chance to choose a university course, and more students every year are securing their university places this way.
In 2017, 1050 students accepted a UK university place through UCAS using Adjustment, and 66,870 through Clearing (up from 43,890 in 2008).
If your son or daughter has met and exceeded the conditions of their conditional firm choice, they can choose to go through Adjustment to reconsider where and what they wish to study.
They can keep their original unconditional firm offer while making enquiries with other providers. So, if after their exams, they feel they may have done better than predicted, and that they may wish to change their choice of course or university, they can start their research ready for results day.
Clearing is a student's chance to be considered by other universities. It is available to students who applied through UCAS and:
Your son or daughter will know whether Clearing is available to them on results day if their UCAS Track status says 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'.
This UCAS blog contains useful information about the Clearing process.
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Adjustment and Clearing provides a great opportunity to reconsider where and what your child would like to study. Applying for a course at Lancaster through Adjustment and Clearing is straightforward. We have a team of staff and students to advise your son or daughter via our Adjustment and Clearing Hotline 0800 298 9542 which opens at 6.00am on Thursday 16th August.
The best thing you can do to support them on the day is to stay positive and help with the wider research about the University. We’d encourage your son or daughter to make the phone call, but there’s plenty of additional information they will need to consider before they make their final choice. Details about the accommodation offered, possible scholarships, or distance from home are all important factors when it comes to choosing a university.
Before they pick up the phone, make sure they have their UCAS number and a list of their qualifications to hand.
We will be holding Adjustment and Clearing Open Days on 17th, 18th and 20th August for anyone who would like to visit before starting their studies in October. The Open Day is a great opportunity to meet staff, tour the campus and meet with some of our current students. In the meantime, your son or daughter could take a look at our Virtual Open Day to get a feel for life at Lancaster.
Whatever the outcome on results day, don’t panic, encourage your son or daughter to consider their options. We will publish a list of available courses on Thursday 16th August on our Clearing opportunities page and our team will be here to guide them through the process.
Sue Davies, Head of Admissions
It's worth your son or daughter taking some time before results day to make a plan, so they can act quickly if they don't get the grades they are hoping for.
Doing some research in advance will save your son or daughter time on results day and make them feel more prepared if they do go into Clearing.
Encourage them to consider the same factors as when they were selecting their firm and insurance choices:
You may also find this UCAS guide for parents and guardians useful.
UCAS track opens at 8.00am on A level results day. Your son or daughter will be able to log on from then and see the status of their application.
Before calling a university to discuss a clearing place, your son or daughter will need to have to hand:
Your son or daughter should make the call themselves wherever possible. It's also a good idea to have a second phone available so that universities can call them back on another line to discuss offers even if they are already making a call.
As a parent or guardian, you can help your son or daughter by checking their short list and what courses are still available and giving them feedback on their shortlist. Try to support them to keep calm and not panic.
Universities will want to speak to the student themselves to decide whether or not to make them an offer. If you are going to need to make calls on their behalf you will need to ensure you are listed as the nominated person on their UCAS application.
When they have received an offer, you could help them to check it out by looking at the university's virtual tour and researching accommodation options. Most universities hold clearing open days over the weekend following results day, so if you haven't visited the university they are considering before, taking them to an open day will help them make sure it's the right choice for them.
After 3.00pm on results day, your son or daughter can confirm a clearing choice on UCAS track. They can only confirm one choice, so help them to make sure they have thought through the decision. The universities will have told them how long they will hold the place for, so they have time to make an informed choice. This is usually 24-48 hours, so you have the chance to make a visit, or do any other research.
Once their place is confirmed, your son or daughter will need to contact Student Finance to let them know where they will be studying.
Tips for your son or daughter to help them prepare.
If your son or daughter has secured an offer, book a place on one of our Clearing visit days.
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