Tips for Adjustment and Clearing

If you haven't applied to Lancaster University and you find yourself in Clearing, call our dedicated Lancaster University Clearing Hotline on 0800 298 9542 (Internationally: +44 1524 931300) from 18 August 2016.

Do your research

If you think you're going to be in Clearing, get ahead! Before you receive your results, do some research into universities that offer alternative courses that you might be interested in.

Track your application

Before you make any calls, check UCAS Track to find out exactly the status of your application.

Look online

If you do need to go into Clearing, university websites are likely to be the most up-to-date source of information. Check online first to see if there are any opportunities.

Know your details

Get all your information together before you call a university. You'll need:

  • Your UCAS number
  • Your results
  • The course code and title

Prepare for the call

When ringing a university be polite and enthusiastic, and treat it as you would an interview - we want to know why you're keen to study at Lancaster University.

Make the right decision

Clearing can be very stressful, but don't panic! You don't have to take the first course that's offered to you. We would recommend you take your time when considering any offers through Clearing, as this is a decision which will impact on your life for the next three years. To help, here are some questions you might want to consider:

  • Is the course on offer of interest to you? Does it feel right?
  • Is the university right for you? Is it local? Does it offer the right facilities and opportunities?
  • Does the university offer accommodation?
  • What support and social activities does the university offer, such as sports clubs, collegiate system etc?
  • How will the university help me to prepare for the world of employment?

Once you've made your decision, if you have time, try to arrange a visit to your chosen university.

Good luck!

Information for parents

UCAS provide useful information on their website specifically to help parents understand the Confirmation and Clearing processes.