“This week as the A level results are revealed, students across the country will nervously be waiting to see their results. As always, hopefully everyone gets what they need to secure their place but, if not, then don’t despair – the scope for finding the right course through Clearing has never been so good.
From my experiences, Clearing has changed over the years. Ten years ago, it was often associated with failure. Both for students who had missed their grades and for universities, being in Clearing indicated they were unable to fill course spaces on less popular courses.
I know better than most about the Clearing process of the past as I was fortunate to gain a position on a course through this process. Back then it was nerve-racking and stressful to approach universities, but after many years and now becoming an academic who has been able to see the evolution of Clearing first hand, the experience has changed dramatically.