What advice would you give to someone who has just missed out on their grades?
First thing – don’t panic. There
are places out there; we just need to match you up and find the right course for you. The first thing to do is to get up early – there will be a lot of applicants out there who, for whatever reason, will be in – they may have missed their grades by a few points, they may have changed their mind about where they want to study, they may have only just decided they want to go in to higher education – so there will be lots of different reasons for people to be in Clearing on Thursday. Clearing
When someone rings up the University of Greenwich about a Clearing course, who will they speak to? What’s the process?
When they ring up, if they can have their UCAS ID handy and the name of the degree or the program that they’re interested in, we can start straight away on the process of finding out if we can match them up with a program.
They will actually be talking to a trained student – we’re currently in the throws of training our students for
and they are all supported by an academic team. There will be close to 120 student ambassadors, academics and support staff in the Clearing operation. Clearing
What advice would you give to applicants who are phoning up about a place?
They should have their results to hand – A-Levels, B-Tech Nationals – any qualifications that they’re going to use as leverage to actually get on to the course. They need to have those to hand. Also, most universities, including Greenwich, want to see that the applicant has their GCSE Maths and English as well, so make sure you’ve got those results to hand.
We look to make sure that the applicants are focussed and that they have an idea of either the program they want to study on or at least the area; if they’re going to phone up and say, “I don’t care what it is… anything”, we find that’s not really the best thing for a student. It’s not going to hold their interest for three years and by Christmas they’ll be gone. They need to make sure that they’ve done some research, so that when they phone up they’ve got a good idea of what subject area they’re interested in, and something that’s going to keep their interest and hold them for the next three or four years.
How hard do you think it will be for someone to find a place through Clearing this year?
I don’t think it will be difficult, per say – I think it will be about timing. It will be about making the right call and asking the right questions at the right time. We know that popular courses will always fill up early no matter what year it is; so anything to do with children, teaching, midwifery, psychology – they’re all very popular courses. Media, too – people wanting to be the next Tarantino. Those kinds of programs always fill up very quickly.
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