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The essential guide to Clearing

It is becoming more common for students to leave it later to apply for a degree and wait until Clearing to make the application. The Moment magazine has teamed up with professionals from University Centre Peterborough (UCP) to provide expert advice and guidance if you are applying for a degree at UCP during Clearing period

There can be a variety of reasons why students wait until Clearing to apply for a place at university. Last year over 70,000 students waited until Clearing before securing their place on a degree and this year there are predictions there will be even more so you will not be alone. Clearing no longer means you didn’t get the grades you required to secure a place.

You might have changed your mind about the course you want to study, decided you want to study closer to home, want to focus on a career change and improve your qualification or have not even yet applied. The most important advice UCP can offer new students is to not leave it too late or wait until your results come out before applying. This means that when you do get your results, the process will be even quicker and you will have already secured your place. Many people think that Clearing starts when A-level results come out on 15th August 2019. This is not the case as you can apply for a place during Clearing before you get your results as Clearing officially started on 5th July 2019.

If you can get your place secured early, then you will have more time to sort out the application for student finances. To confirm a space at university is very quick, but the process for student finances unfortunately takes a lot longer so it is important to get this application moving earlier rather than later (as you are not liable for any tuition fees until you actually start the course). See the section on student finances which will cover what finances you are entitled to and how it works.

How do I apply through Clearing?
Simply contact the UCP admissions team on 01733 214461 or email . Their experienced staff will guide you through the process and help you every step of the way. They are used to helping hundreds of students ever year so you can be at ease.

What information do I need to have ready to apply?
Firstly, make sure you have details of your Level 3 grades such as A-levels or BTEC qualification (actual or expected if you are still waiting for your grades) as well as GCSE qualifications. The admissions team will need your personal contact information so remember your full home address including post code, email and date of birth. If you have not applied through UCAS at all, you will need to have a personal statement ready so you are advised to prepare this in advance.

What if I have applied to another university?
If you have applied to and have been accepted to study at another university, you still have the opportunity to change where you study. Firstly you can contact the UCP admissions team and they will look at your application to see if they can offer you a place on a course. Once you have received a response you can contact the other university and ask to be released into Clearing. Once this is done, you can select UCP as your Clearing choice through UCAS Track. The admissions team can offer you as much help and advice as you need to make this a stress-free experience.

What if I don’t get the results I expected?
Don’t panic! If there is a small difference, they may still be able to accept you. Simply, contact the UCP admissions team and they will let you know if they can offer you a place. When A-level results are announced on 15th August 2019, UCP will have a UCAS Clearing hotline with additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. They will have extended opening times during this period so feel free to pop into their Park Crescent campus if you prefer to speak to someone face to face. If you want to meet admissions and academic staff in person, UCP have an Open Day on Saturday 17th August 2019 from 10am to 2pm where you can get a decision and offer on the day.

● More information about opening times is available on www.ucp.ac.uk 

UCP courses available during Clearing

There are limited spaces on the following courses at University Centre Peterborough (UCP) to start in September 2019. There are even more courses available to study from September 2020.
The table below shows the UCAS tariff, but during Clearing the entry requirements might be slightly lower so contact UCP on 01733 214461 or email for latest tariffs.

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