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A university place might be yours through the clearing system.

EVEN if your child does not match the grades for their conditional offer, they may still be able to get a place through the clearing system.

Around 35,000 people each year find a place through the programme.

If your teenager is eligible for clearing, the University and Colleges Admissions Servicewill automatically send them an entry form and an information booklet.

Vacancies will be printed in newspapers and posted on the UCAS website - www.ucas.com - from today.

Claire Brown, director of UK recruitment at Liverpool University, says students should be better prepared thisyear than ever before because of the glut of young people trying to avoid top-up fees.

"You should ring your university first of all and speak to somebody about your place. If you have slipped a grade you might still be accepted or offered a place on another course.

"If this doesn't work for youthen go and get the national papers and see what courses are available in clearing."

Although you have little time to waste, you must not rush, warns Claire.

"Shop around a little bit. You don't have to take the first offer. It is common for students to get several offers before they decide"You can even go and visit the universities to see if you think you will be happy there."

You are free to apply for any courses at any university, regardless of the original application.

It is important that they make the phone calls and are available to speak to admissions tutors themselvesas they will want to speak to, or see them, in person. The UCAS helpline is 0870 1122211.

Your teenager is not eligible for clearing if they have withdrawn from the UCAS scheme, their conditional offer has been confirmed or they have decided not to take a confirmed offer
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Date:Aug 18, 2005
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