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UCAS Clearing 2020 – a student's guide

13 August, 2020Juno Baker

University life might be different due to Covid-19, but Clearing is still there to give A'Level students and sixth-formers options. We look at how lockdown and social distancing are affecting the Clearing process and what you can do to maximise your chances.

People walking into campusIf you’re planning to start university in September, then you probably know that this year is going to be different. You’re unlikely to be able to visit campus ahead of the start of the new academic year and class sizes are likely to be smaller because of social distancing.

But university is still a good option for school leavers and Clearing is a great way to find a place. So, how can you make sure you choose the right university and course for you? And what can you do to improve your chances?

Do your Clearing research

It's always good to compare universities and courses. This year in particular, you should also find out how the university is adapting.

For example, how will your teaching be delivered? What support will they offer students?

And what career might your degree lead on to? Will your university guide you to a career path?

It's more important than ever that your chosen university can support and guide you through each step of your journey as a student and beyond.

Speak to someone at the universities that interest you

It's great to do research online, but it's always best to speak to someone. This way you can ask questions that are relevant to you and get important advice.

Some universities are also now offering the option to book a video chat so that you meet the team virtually.

Find a quiet place to do this and make sure you have all the information you need to hand, including:

  • your Clearing number from UCAS Track
  • your results
  • the personal statement from your UCAS application.

Don’t forget to take notes during the call and don’t be afraid to ask questions – such as a request to confirm any offers by email.

If you would like to talk to someone about your Clearing options, we are here to help. Our lines are open Monday to Friday and will be open for extended hours during the Clearing period.

Find out how to contact us and apply to our university college through Clearing 

How we’re adapting to Covid-19 and social distancing

Some students may be nervous about starting university. Here at LIBF, we're confident that our undergraduates' learning experience won’t suffer.

Our Associate Dean, Hema Tank explains, "We’ve been delivering lectures and teaching online for many years and – in the current circumstances – believe it is safer to use a blended learning approach." 

She adds, "The timetable for September 2020 will take this approach into account. It will be more condensed so that students can travel to campus on the specific days when they face-to-face teaching – all within social distancing guidelines. The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.”

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing information to keep students updated and help them settle into university life. You can see the measures we’ve put in place and watch our virtual tour on our Offer-holder page.

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