You're a parent and it's A level results day and you’re waiting to hear the good news. Things will be little different this year with calculated grades.The process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results.
If things don’t go to plan and your child is facing finding a university place through Clearing don't let this worry you. They may be disappointed by their grades or have done better than predicted and now have the chance to apply to uni. Arden University have put together this helpful guide for parents.
What is Clearing?
Clearing is a system set up by UCAS that lets students apply for university courses that still have places available. It’s a great option for those who:•
Haven’t received any offers from universities yet Haven’t received any offers they want to accept Haven’t met the conditions of their offer by missing out on the A level grades they needed
Clearing is already open for browsing but will officially start on A-Level Results Day and will remain open until October 20. We know that this can be stressful, to know what to do and how to navigate this, so we’ve put together some tips to help you to help your child: Be Present: It will be emotional, and your child and you are likely to have a whole range of emotions, from anger, to disappointment, shame to sadness. Try to be available if you can, book the day off if possible or make sure that another adult is around. Whilst they will need totake the lead for themselves in making the calls to universities that have places, having you or someone else they trust with them can help them feel more confident, especially if they are asked to make quick decisions Be Prepared: read about the process and know what to expect. There’s plenty of specific advice out there to help.
The UCAS website has a short video. Make sure that your child has their Track* details, including their password to hand. Make sure phones are charged and that you have a paper and pen to hand to jot things down. If your child is receptive to it, try talking about Clearing before the day and have a look at what is available, normalising Clearing for them can really help. Students can calculate their UCAS point score on our website. They can also use our directory to find hotline numbers and web addresses. Knowing some potential universities to contact in advance who are asking for slightly lower grades than they are expecting can give you a head start. Be pragmatic: Think about slight alternative courses if they have applied to something very popular or competitive, perhaps something with joint honours for example. Ask questions but make sure you letthem make the decisions!
They also need to make the phone calls to admission’s tutors but practicing that with them can be helpful. Consider alternative such as blended learning, online distance learning and degree apprenticeships, all of which provide a different route to getting a degree. It’s also worth remembering that there arealternatives to Clearing.
UCAS Track is an online system developed by UCAS that allows students to check the progress of their application once they’ve submitted it. For example, they can see whether any of their chosen universities/colleges have made them an offer, or if they have replied to any of their offers, etc
Find out more about how Arden University can help you through the Clearing process.
Article by Sian Duffin is Student Support Manager at Arden University.