Top ten tips for Clearing

University student

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

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

2. Think options

Find out what’s available in the subjects you most enjoy. We have a wide range of degree courses, from Animal Behaviour through to Business Management and Finance, Law, Performing ArtsPharmaceutical Science, Psychology, Social Work and 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.

During Clearing, we publish up-to-the-minute information on course availability at ARU on our website, along with details of how to apply. Meanwhile, the UCAS website will list vacancies at universities across the UK.

3. Make a plan

There's no need to wait until results day to apply. We accept online applications from July every year.

4. Have your details to hand

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

  • your UCAS personal number (if you have one)
  • your results (if you know them) – A Level, BTEC, Access course and your AS Levels and GCSEs. You can still apply if you're waiting for your results. We also accept 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.

If you're calling us, it's worth having a note of any questions you want to ask. If you’ve spoken to us previously, it's helpful for us to know the name and details of the person you talked to.

5. Take some quiet time

Make sure that you’re somewhere quiet, and give your application your full attention.

6. Make notes

Have a pen and paper handy while you're applying, in case you want to make notes. It can be difficult to take everything in, and you might need to look back over information to help you make your choices.

7. Ask about accommodation

Find out what accommodation is available to you, and make this part of your decision-making process.

At ARU 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.

8. Confirm your offer

If we make you an offer, we'll send you an email confirmation containing all the information you need. Keep an eye on your email and act quickly!

9. Visit campus

If you’ve not already done so, get along to the university campus where you want to study. Or if you can't visit in person, take a virtual tour.

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!