Thursday 17 January 2019
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A Guide to Finding the Right University

Well before your A level exams, your thoughts will be turning to university, and while this can be a bit daunting, the well prepared student who acts promptly definitely has an advantage. If a person has yet to apply to any university, here are some tips to help you make the right choice.

University Clearing

This process is used to fill any remaining places the university might have after most applicants have been placed, and if you have not made any firm agreement when your A level results come through, Clearing is the best solution. You might be looking for humanities clearing in 2017, and by taking decisive action, you can manage to get a placing.


This is the key to dealing with the clearing process, and once the A level results are out, any remaining places will quickly be filled, so you need to make a list of universities you are interested in and start contacting them as soon as possible. It is never a good idea to have someone call on your behalf, as the university administrators prefer to talk directly with the student, and to be honest, you have a better chance of success if you call yourself.

Essential Information

Make sure you have everything at hand when you do call, as the university will require your grades and personal details, and have a pen and paper handy to write down the names of people you talk to, as you might have to contact them again at a later date.

Time is of the Essence

With so many students trying to get into their preferred university, those who have yet to do so by May or June have little time to waste. Browsing university websites will help you to locate phone numbers, as it is better to call rather than send an email, and typically, the clearing process will be over within a week of the A level results being released.

Be Available

This is definitely not the time to take a holiday, at least not until you have finalised your university application, and don’t forget to keep your phone handy at all times, as you never know when an administrator might call. If by some chance, you do not get into your chosen university, you should have a shortlist, and make contact with the next one, and so on, until you do get a result.

Arrange a Visit

If you think you have found the right university, it makes sense to take a look around before making any commitment, and providing you don’t wait too long, most universities are happy to see potential new students. You can really get a feel for a learning establishment with a visit, and let’s face it, it is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly.

Sourcing the right university can be stressful at the best of times, and with some careful planning and prompt action, most people are happy with their choice and can’t wait to start.