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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CLEARING; Help is at hand if results are not what you expect.

FOR those who do not get the grades they had hoped for, the clearing process will be a new and perhaps slightly intimidating option, as they decide on which university to choose.

But they will not be alone and should not be alarmed; there are still options available and Wrexham Glyndwr University is on hand for support and advice.

As well as kick-start foundation years there are other pathways through to your chosen degree or qualification.

Julie Cowley, head of marketing, recruitment and admissions, said nerves will be stretched at households across the country but urged people not to worry.

She said: "It's important that students are familiar with the clearing process as, in the event that they don't get the results they envisaged, a proactive response can pay dividends in securing an alternative place at university.

"On the day, there will be thousands of students making phone calls to admissions officers in an attempt to secure highly coveted places.

"Last year, UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) reported that more than 64,300 students found a university place through clearing.

"It can be a daunting task to those who are unsure of the process so contingency planning can really help streamline the process."

Ms Cowley added: "If you haven't achieved the grades you expected and have missed out on your firm and insurances choices, then our team of advisers here at Wrexham Glyndwr will be able to offer guidance and give a decision about studying with us, often immediately. "Prospective students also need to demonstrate determination and focus on getting their places at university on their own. "Those who show the confidence and fortitude to chase places will often stand in good stead with admissions teams, who will appreciate the initiative."

University is an important transitional period into adulthood and students should show confidence when applying, added Ms Cowley.

"Many universities can be flexible when it comes to grade requirements for admittance," she said. "Have confidence in your abilities. Don't dwell on what could have been and focus on the future. Not securing the expected grades might seem like the end of the world, but a swift, well-informed response can pay dividends in the long run."

Clearing can become a daunting task so Wrexham Glyndwr University has the following tips to help streamline the process.

Make yourself available | Be ready to focus on getting your place at university; showing the confidence to go after it yourself will put you in good stead with admissions teams. They will appreciate your initiative and ambition, so don't rely on the help of parents to make those phone calls; if you want the place on the course, go after it.

Prior knowledge: Make sure you're familiar with what is available at ucas.com before calling. The UCAS site will provide you with a list courses that have availability, so be sure to read through the list prior to calling. Remember to ask yourself "are these courses what I'd really like to do?" You should be sure that the course is right for you and your career goals before you accept any offers that you receive.

Check your qualifications: Most universities can be flexible when it comes to grade requirements to admittance, but for some courses certain subjects are key to the curriculum and are vital for securing your place on the course. Check you have the correct qualifications and experience before requesting a place on the course. This will avoid rejection and focus your efforts on courses you can get in.

Be prepared: The clearing process will require you to have specific details at the ready, such as your UCAS PiD, your clearing number, your exam results and your course choices. Be prepared and have any other assorted information on standby that you feel might be needed. It's important to have all this information ready before calling, because by the time you hang up to find it; someone may have taken your place! Universities will also appreciate your effort in being able to produce this information efficiently and quickly to help streamline the process.

Call the University: If you haven't achieved the grades you expected and have missed out on your firm and insurances choices, then our team of advisers here at Wrexham Glyndwr will be able to offer guidance and give a decision about studying with us, often immediately. | Alternatively, go to Wrexham Glyndwr University's open day on August 20 and discuss your options in person.

For more information call Wrexham Glyndwr University's admissions team on 01978 293439. Please have your UCAS Personal ID ready to quote. Visit our dedicated Clearing webpage: www.glyndwr.ac.uk/en/clearing

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