Parents’ guide to clearing

Students walking past the Fielding Johnson buildingWith A-level Results Day fast approaching, we are here to provide help and advice on timings and to make sure you're ready to help if needed.

Don’t panic

Remain calm, stay positive and be supportive. There are plenty of places available in Clearing, with thousands of students going into Clearing each year.

If you have already prepared for the possibility of Clearing, that’s a great start. If not, don’t worry. Carefully consider what's on offer, and think back to the original criteria your child applied when choosing their course.

Be prepared

Before Results Day, no matter how confident you and your child are about their grades, explore alternative options. Check out courses that your child is interested in with a range of entry requirements.

Consider courses that are both close to their preferred course and some alternative options that pique their interest. The University of Leicester has a wide range of courses to explore. You may want to consider making two lists, incase your child did better than expected.

Make sure that your son or daughter is fully available on Results Day. If they go into Clearing they will need to be available to discuss their options and their application.

How do I know my child is in Clearing?

From 8am on Results Day your son or daughter can log in to UCAS Track where they can check their status. If they have not met their offer or are otherwise eligible for Clearing, ‘Add a Clearing choice’ will be available on UCAS Track's ‘Next Steps’ section from 3pm.

The decision may be available on UCAS Track before your child has received their results, and will indicate that their results are not as expected or that they have not met their offers. Use this time to take in the situation and ready yourself and your son or daughter for the emotional day ahead.

The Clearing process

If your son or daughter goes into Clearing, make sure that they have their UCAS Track login, UCAS ID number and their grades ready before making any decisions or phone calls. Remember that they can ring their first choice university to enquire about other options that may be available!

During the Clearing process it is important to keep a record of any universities your son or daughter has spoken to. Your child will likely be on the phone to a number of universities throughout the day.

Your son or daughter will need to speak with the University directly to discuss their options and an application, unless you are their nominee on their UCAS form.

If your son or daughter is too disheartened or upset on Results Day, don’t worry. There is no need to rush into Clearing or the decision-making process on Results Day - take the time that you and your child need to explore their options.

More about Leicester

If you haven’t considered us yet, or want more information, Clearing is a great time to find out more: