Clearing tips

We know how important it is for your students to feel prepared and well-equipped in the run up to A Level results day. A really key part of this is getting to grips with the Clearing Process.

We’ve gathered together some advice and guidance to help your students navigate Clearing, in the videos below.

Connecting over the summer

If your students have received a Clearing Offer or are preparing their options for results day, there are a number of ways for them to virtually visit our campuses and find out more about life and study at our campuses.

  • Take a virtual campus tour

Though current events mean we can’t welcome your students onto our campuses in person, we do have a series of campus tours available: Visit Streatham, Visit Penryn or Visit St Lukes in the videos below.

  • Chat to a current student

Students interested in courses at our Exeter-based campuses (Streatham and St Lukes) can chat to current students via our dedicated Unibuddy page. We have a huge range of courses supported on the platform, so it’s very likely they will be able to connect with someone from their discipline or college.

Students interested in courses at our Cornwall campus (Penryn) can email where the team will put them in touch with a current student ambassador.

  • Visit our Online Open Day platform

Our dedicated Online Open Day platform is open throughout July and August. The platform showcases content which explores accommodation, student life, subject specific information and more. Your students can access the platform here.
More useful links:
Hear from our students about their experiences of Clearing: www.exeter.ac.uk/clearing/studentstories/
Clearing vacancies for Home/EU students: https://vacancies.exeter.ac.uk/clearing/home/
Clearing vacancies for International students: https://vacancies.exeter.ac.uk/clearing/international/

Reduced offers

At the University of Exeter, we value the skills and experience that students derive from undertaking an EPQ/studying Core Maths. We will therefore take a student’s EPQ and/or Core Maths grade into account when making an offer.

If a student holds a Grade A in EPQ or Core Maths (or both), we may make a reduced offer of one grade for most of our programmes.

For example: BA History, Streatham
Typical Offer: AAA
Reduced offer (with EPQ or Core Maths Grade A): AAB

If your students have any questions about how their offer for the University of Exeter might alter in light of an EPQ/Core Maths grade, they can contact our admissions team here:

WebEnquire online
Phone: 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)*
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

* Calling us on an 0300 number will cost you the same as a call to a standard landline number starting with 01 and 02.

Free and accessible resources for your students over the summer

Though current challenges mean face-to-face interaction with universities is limited, there’s never been a better opportunity for students to engage with us online. We want to reassure you we will be here throughout the summer for both students and yourselves.

 

Students

There are plenty of opportunities for students to engage with current staff and students online. There are opportunities to ask questions about life and study at University, as well as support with personal statements, applications and more.

Students have three options they can either talk to:

  1. Current students using Unibuddy
  2. Academics at our live Unibuddy events
  3. University Outreach Staff and current students on Our Discover University Facebook Page

Unibuddy is a free online chat service which connects prospective students with university ambassadors.   It gives your students real-time access to people at our university, so they can chat about the things it doesn’t say in the brochure. This can replicate the conversations they may have had when attending a physical Open day or UCAS Exhibition about a subject they are interested in or student life.  There is no limit for how many conversations or questions students can ask so it is a worthwhile resource to be accessed year round for all ages of students.  Many universities have this resource which helps students make an informed decision alongside their research from University websites.

The academic live chat schedule can be accessed here.

University of Exeter Discover University is a collection of online activities and resources designed to support students, parent/guardians, teachers and advisers through various digital platforms. Examples of events include online subject conferences, live streamed advice and guidance workshops and a live lecture series.

 

Teachers/HE Advisors

It is time for a well-deserved rest, when looking ahead to the next year please visit our new website for teachers/HE Advisors which has useful free resources to support you and your students.

An example of this are our short animated videos on crucial topics such Personal Statements and Wellbeing.  Feel free to circulate these to your students as an accessible introduction to the topics.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachers/informationandresources

We also have short interactive factsheets on topics from lectures, labs and budgeting to help prepare year 13 for University which can be downloaded as PDFs.  These can then be accessed offline in the students own time and worked through at their leisure.

As a Teacher/HE Advisor please feel free to email us at to talk to the Outreach Officer in your region to discuss how we can support your school/college.

 

Finally

Our ‘In Conversation’ series aims to provide useful insights of topical higher education issues from a University perspective. The sessions are delivered by Dr Karl Devincenzi, School Relationship Manager, who is joined by key members of staff from our university community. Each session delves into different topics and aims to provide information and guidance for prospective students.

In this episode, Katherine and Karl explore the implications of student number caps for this year’s application cycle, the implications of Covid-19 for students starting in September and how opportunities such as study abroad and industrial placements may be affected.

https://youtu.be/4F8RIfI2tMM

Top tips for Clearing

With clearing for 2020 entry opening on 6 July, here are some top tips for students;

 

Do your research

When you become eligible to apply for a University place in Clearing, you might have to contact lots of universities on the same day and make decisions quickly. It’s normal for this to be daunting, but going into the process equipped with knowledge will help make it as stress free as possible.

Understand what Clearing is and how it works.

Research universities and courses you might be interested in.

 

Get ready

You might have to wait until you get your results to be eligible for Clearing, but you can gather all the information you’ll need on the day in advance. When you’ve identified some universities and colleges you are interested in, keep checking their websites for Clearing information. Vacancies may be listed from 6 July onwards.

 

Write down a list of course options (including UCAS codes) and find out how you should be contacting providers, i.e. phone, completing online Clearing forms, webchat etc. – you don’t want to be panicking to find information on the day.

Get all the correct documentation together including your UCAS Personal ID.

Prepare copies of academic results and any other tests such as English Language so that you have these ready to send.

Check who will be available to help you at your school or college and at home; universities will only be able to give general information to teachers, advisers and parents unless they are your nominated UCAS contact so check who this is.

 

Talk to universities

Whilst we are in this time of uncertainty universities still very much want to help you to decide if we are the right university for you. Here at the University of Exeter you will have the opportunity to explore your subject of interest, as well as chat to our central and academic staff and current students either online or in person during clearing.

 

Keep results day free

Keep your results day free (plus the following weekend).

Make sure you’ve got a working phone, pen and paper and access to the internet.

We advise all applicants to complete our online clearing form. This form is quick and easy to complete, it is also the quickest way for you to receive a decision from Exeter.

 

How do I find a place through Clearing?

It is important to ensure that you consider all your options and don’t rush. Take your time to make the right decision for you.

If you go through Clearing and find that your grades are not high enough to secure the place you want, we would advise you to consider your options. You might decide that retaking your exams and applying again the following year is the best option for you.

 

Contacting the University of Exeter

Our admissions team will be available to help with any queries and questions via our online chat

https://vacancies.exeter.ac.uk/clearing/home/

Students can also sign up for our Clearing emails and we’ll let you know when our places in Clearing become available as well as top tips and guidance for applying through the Clearing process.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/clearing/sign-up/

 

International Baccalaureate results day! 

IB results day is coming up, and we know that offer-holding students will want to get clarification as soon as possible. We have contacted all offer holders to inform them of our processes with IB results, but of course it’s useful for you to see this too! 

We receive IB results from UCAS on Tuesday 7 July, and our admissions team will be processing them as quickly as possible. As an account holder, the University of Exeter views results via the IBIS website. 

Important: Delays can happen if students have not requested that their data is shared with a University. If students are waiting for results confirmation and have not given permission for their results to be sent to UCAS, please advise them to contact IBIS International Baccalaureate Information System at  giving permission to ‘Institute: 000789 – University of Exeter to view their results. 

If students have not received a decision through UCAS track by Monday 13 July, please advise them to get in touch with our admissions team at:  

So, what’s the deal with Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus was announced back in May. As summer swiftly approaches, getting clarity on the processes your students can get involved in is key.

In short, Clearing Plus means that unplaced applicants (who would have likely entered clearing on results day) can explore courses that UCAS has matched them to, using information they initially inputted on Track, at a range of Universities. Applicants who explore the options Clearing Plus offers will be provided with a button that says ‘I’m interested’, meaning a University can then get in contact with them and provide more information.

The distinct thing about Clearing Plus is the ability for an applicant to move easily between courses and Universities – exploring the wealth of options that are available and easily expressing interest in a course.

When:
From 6 July applicants will be able to enter Clearing Plus through Track, using their normal UCAS account login.

Further guidance on Clearing Plus: https://www.ucas.com/advisers/managing-applications/supporting-you-through-confirmation-and-clearing/whats-new-2020

If you have any questions about the way the University of Exeter will be using Clearing Plus, or what this might mean for your students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Amy Williams, Outreach Officer

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Changes to UCAS Decision Dates

In light of the current situation UCAS have helped ease the pressure on students by extending the decision making deadline for 2020 entry. All students will have been advised via email by UCAS that there has been an extension to their decision deadline and the first deadline extension is now due, so it is a good time to encourage students to log-on to UCAS Track and confirm their firm and insurance choices if they haven’t already done so.

Decision deadline dates will vary depending on when students received their offers;

  • If the last decision was received on or before 4 June 2020, then the reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if they are using Extra to find a place)
  • If the last decision was received on or before 13 July 2020, then the reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices)

If students do not reply by these dates then their offers will be automatically declined.

Not all students will have access to their School or College email address on A-Level results day, so it is also a good time to remind students to please update their email address on UCAS to a personal email address to ensure they continue to receive the most up to information from both UCAS and the universities they are applying to.

Meet the Schools Team

Led by our Recruitment and Schools Relationship Manager, Dr Karl Devincenzi, here at the University of Exeter we have a team of Outreach Officers delivering our Student Recruitment and Outreach activity with schools and colleges across the United Kingdom.

We provide information, advice and guidance for prospective students, parents/guardians, teachers and advisers through a series of presentations, workshops and visits to our campuses in Devon and Cornwall.

Each of our Outreach Officers cover a different region and provide schools and colleges with a personalised service to help support your staff and students.

If you would like to discuss opportunities to work with your school or college please and the Outreach Officer for your region will get back to you.