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Clearing 2017: Find Your Place!

07 August, 2017Natalie Peters

Clearing should be seen as an opportunity, a chance to find what you really want or to discover something new that you might not have thought of before.


You might be using Clearing for the following reasons:

  • You didn’t get the grades you needed for your first choice
  • Your grades were higher than you expected and you're thinking about better options
  • You’ve changed your mind about what you want to study
  • You want to study in a different location

The UCAS application deadline is normally in January, months before your exams and at least 8 months away from starting university. A lot can change in 8 months. You might have lost interest in a subject, be concerned about how much it costs to live away from home, or you might be considering your further future and where you see yourself after graduation.

Whatever you’re using Clearing for, make a decision that’s right for you.

'I’ve changed my mind'

Ahmar Asif is a first year student with us and he is studying towards a degree in Finance, Investment & Risk. After initially starting an Engineering Degree at a Russell Group University, Ahmar later joined us, as we are a specialist provider, and he realised he eventually wanted to pursue a career in banking.

Having considered a number of different providers during Clearing, Ahmar was attracted by our academic quality and focus on career support. And, after visiting our campus in the heart of the City of London, he enrolled.

What you want from a university can change; you may have wanted a big city, but then realised it can be more expensive. You could also be concerned about the course content and how that will impact the key skills that you take away with you after uni. Don’t get stuck with a decision you’re not completely happy with.

'I have to reconsider my options'

Zoe Denham is a first year student with us, also studying towards a degree in Finance, Investment & Risk.

Initially Zoe wanted to study banking at an alternative university but when she did not achieve her desired grades, she was forced to reconsider her original plans. While she knew she wanted to pursue a career in banking, she didn’t know where to look. But less than 24 hours later and after a phone call from our student engagement team, she enrolled. Clearing can be as simple as that, so there is no need for panic should you find yourself there come Results Days. 

'I want to find a better offer'

When you applied to university, your offers were based on your predicted grades – so what if you did better than expected? Clearing is also for you.

All types of universities and courses will be available in Clearing – take a look at what’s on offer, maybe you were reluctant to originally apply somewhere because they wanted higher grades? But don’t worry; you can shop around risk-free as your already confirmed offer will be secured until you’re ready to accept another offer.

Clearing is now open for banking and finance degrees at The London Institute of Banking & Finance.