You should always wait until you receive your results until you make your final decision, but it is worth considering both options in advance – just to be prepared for the ‘worst case scenario.’
Clearing 2019: Advantages
The main advantages of the
process is that it shouldn’t cause any delay in your academic progress. Sure, you won’t be able to study at your first choice of university, but you will be able to continue at another institution or on another degree programme. Clearing 2019
Unless you have had a fixed idea about what and where you wanted to study from the moment you started the UCAS application process, then Clearing 2019 is likely to be the most appropriate ‘next step’ for you to take if you don’t have any confirmed offers come
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The majority of students who do find courses through Clearing continue to thrive throughout their degree programme and thoroughly enjoy their studies. Just because a programme wasn’t your first or second choice doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fantastic university experience.
Clearing 2019: Drawbacks
As in previous years Clearing 2019 looks set to be a particularly busy and competitive process and you can’t start making your applications until you’ve received your A-level results. Unfortunately all students from England (and Wales) receive their results on the same day, so you’re going to have some pretty stiff competition for places. In fact, back in 2011 there were so many students applying for Clearing that the UCAS website actually crashed.
Hopefully that won’t happen this year, but you’re still going to have to be pretty proactive in terms of ringing around Universities and making a decision about where to study. You can prepare for this in advance by searching through Clearing courses (use the search bar at the top of the page) and
ordering a prospectus for any university that appeals.
We also recommend reading
Uni reviews so you get a feel for your potential universities. You may have until late September to apply through clearing, but at that point all the places on the popular courses will have been taken.
The Gap Year: Benefits
If you’re not willing to be rushed into a decision, or you can’t find a course that you want to study on, then taking a year out to re-evaluate your options may be a more suitable option for you. Each year, many students do this and opt to re-sit their exams and re-apply to their university of choice (or another related course). This is particularly beneficial as it means when you start your course, you will have a stronger knowledge of your subject area.
Some students in this position decide not to re-sit, but instead to take a gap-year and re-apply through UCAS when the main system re-opens. You can spend your time travelling, gaining relevant work experience (which in turn will strengthen your application) or even working to save up some money for when you do go to university. There are many advantages to taking a gap year, the most important being is that it allows you adequate time to forward plan.
The Gap Year: Disadvantages
One of the disadvantages of taking a year out is that it can cause a little bit of a delay in terms of your academic progress. Many students who are all geared up towards university life struggle with the concept of waiting another year, either re-sitting or finding paid work when they have already mentally prepared for the University experience. Once out of the swing of academic life, it can also be extremely hard for potential undergraduates to motivate themselves to re-apply through the UCAS system, particularly without the support of academic staff.
Many students do successfully take a gap year, so if you are a highly motivated individual, and you are passionate about studying on a specific course then this may be an ideal option for you. However, it is worth noting that if you re-apply for the same courses through UCAS the next year, there is no guarantee that you will get the same offers.
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