Top ten tips for Clearing

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Clearing is an opportunity for you to apply directly to your chosen university and receive advice and guidance throughout the process.

Wondering where to start? Out top ten tips will help.

1. Take a breath

Stay calm and think about what’s next. What matters to you? Think about what you really enjoy doing, not just the subjects where you got the best grades. There’s a strong link between passion for a subject and success.

2. Read your stuff

Find out what’s available in the subjects you most enjoy. Our Clearing web pages contain up-to-the-minute information on course availability at Anglia Ruskin. You can also hear from some of our current students, or book a call with one of our tutors or careers advisers.

Meanwhile, the UCAS website lists vacancies at universities across the UK.

3. Think options

Look at everything out there. Anglia Ruskin has a wide range of degree courses, from Animal Behaviour through to Business Economics, Pharmaceutical Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sports Science to Zoology – and lots in between.

Whatever your interest, read the course outline. If you're after hands-on experience, look for how much practical assessment is involved, and check if there's time in industry placements.

4. Have your details to hand

Get your essential information ready before you call us. You'll need: 

  • your UCAS personal number (if you have one)
  • your results – A Level, BTEC, Access course and your AS Levels and GCSEs. Anglia Ruskin also accepts other level 3 qualifications such as IB, Cambridge Pre-U, Scottish and Irish Highers
  • the personal statement from your UCAS application
  • any notes on the courses you’re interested in
  • any questions you want to ask us
  • if you’ve spoken to us previously, the name and details of the person you talked to.

5. Take a moment to listen and reflect

Pick up the phone and give it your full attention. Make sure that you’re somewhere quiet – and you have a pen and paper handy.

6. Ask about accommodation

What sort of accommodation choices are there? At Anglia Ruskin there are a number of options depending on where you live now, which campus your course is at and what you’d like to study. You'll find details of our halls and houses online, along with information about when and how to apply.

7. Take notes

It can be difficult to take everything in, and you might need to look back over information to help you make your choices.

8. Confirm your offer

Once you’ve been offered a place, you’ll need to confirm it. You can do this from 3pm onwards on results day (17 August).

If we make you an offer, we'll send you an email confirmation. You'll then have up to 24 hours to accept. We recommend only entering a Clearing choice on UCAS Track once you’ve had a verbal offer from a university. Otherwise, things will be delayed and you might miss out.

9. Visit campus

If you’ve not already done so, get along to the university campus where you want to study. At Anglia Ruskin, we're offering campus tours from 14 June, right through to the end of August. Our Clearing centre will be open extended hours from 17 August.

10. Tell your friends!

This is the best bit: you’re going to university, where you’ll make friends and networks for life. Spread the news!

Any questions?

Our Clearing centre is open now. Contact us to find out more about studying at Anglia Ruskin and applying for a place through Clearing.

Call 01245 686868, email answers@anglia.ac.uk or speak to us on live chat (look for the purple chat icon on this page).