Last year over 60,000 students chose their university place through UCAS Clearing. The Moment talks to University Centre Peterborough (UCP) to find out what students need to do to secure a place at university from September.
There are many reasons why students choose their university place at this time of year and UCAS Clearing is not only for those who didn’t get the grades they needed. You might have not previously considered university, found out your grades are better than expected, changed your mind on the course you want to study, or realised that studying closer to home is more attractive. The most important advice that UCP offers new students is not to leave it too late. You don’t need to wait until the results come out before applying to university through Clearing as you can apply now. UCAS Clearing officially opened on 5th July 2017 so you can apply now and not have to wait until your results come out. This means that when you do get your results, the process will be even quicker and you have already secured your place. By getting prepared earlier, you can arrange your student finances, accommodation and start to plan everything else you need before you start studying at university in September and enjoy your course from the beginning without any worries.
What does UCP have to offer me?
University Centre Peterborough has a wide portfolio of undergraduate and higher education courses which include Business, Accounting, Computing, Engineering, Construction, Education, Criminology, Crime & Investigative Studies, Bioscience, Sports Coaching, Sociology, Media Studies, English Literature and even Archaeology plus many more. The University Centre offers a friendly and professional learning environment with smaller class sizes where staff get to know you as individuals and offer you more support plus the majority of courses are studied in two full days giving you more time for independent study, part-time work or other commitments. You can benefit from lower tuition fees by studying at UCP, which can save you £4,500 for a three year degree plus there is up to a £3,000 bursary for fulltime undergraduate students with £500 cash rewards. There are other benefits from studying closer to home which can include saving on accommodation and travelling, but ultimately, you will improve your employability locally after you graduate as businesses are looking for local graduates.
How do I apply to UCP through Clearing?
You can contact UCP now to check with admissions if they can accept you on a course. Details about courses are on their website (www. ucp.ac.uk) and you can call 01223 695750 or email where 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 if I have applied to another university?
If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change where you study. Firstly contact UCP on 01223 695750 or email to see if you will be accepted. You will then need to contact the other university and simply ask to be released into Clearing. Once this is done, you select UCP as your Clearing choice through UCAS Track. The admissions team at UCP can offer advice and help with any queries you may have 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, this might not matter so check with your UCP and they will let you know very quickly. When A-level results are announced on Thursday 17th August, UCP will have a UCAS Clearing hotline where you can speak to admissions and academic staff to advise if you can be accepted on a degree. As well as full honours degrees which last three years, UCP offer some foundation level degrees which last two years and require lower entry requirements. After successfully completing a foundation level degree you may then be able to complete the final year of full honours degree.
What do I need to do if I want to study part-time?
UCP offers part-time options for the majority of undergraduate and higher education courses which are usually studied one day a week. Part-time students do not need to go through UCAS Clearing but apply directly with UCP.
What if I wait until I get my A-level results?
Even though UCP are advising students to apply earlier, from Thursday 17th August to Monday 21st August, they will have a Clearing Hotline to help all applicants. Check www.ucp.ac.uk for further information about what you need before you contact them.
For further information about the courses and studying at University Centre Peterborough visit: www.ucp.ac.uk