University of Gloucestershire here to help as clearing set to be busiest ever
By Matt Hall | 12th August 2020
Uncertainty and last-minute changes have become the new normal as thousands of students wait to pick up their A-Level results on Thursday.
Couple that with the fact the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has predicted a record 80,000 students will find places through the clearing process, it might seem a very daunting time for young people going through the process.
But staff at the University of Gloucestershire have said that they will be on hand to offer support and information to anyone deciding on their next steps.
Students who have received their results will be able to contact the university of Gloucestershire's clearing call centre by phone on 03330 432414, or live chat via the website from 8am till 8pm on Thursday, August 13.
Staff will be there to answer any questions about the various courses with places available, as well as the inevitable questions about blended learning, social events and activities and how the university has worked to ensure its campuses are Covid Secure ready for September.
For many students clearing is a great way to find a course: perhaps they wanted to keep their options open, they may have changed their plans or only recently decided to apply to university. Perhaps they achieved better grades than expected or didn't quite get the grades they were hoping for.
Luc Brown, TV Production graduate and current UoG Students' Union president, said: "I joined the university through clearing so I know just how it feels to open your results on results day and find out it didn't quite go the way you planned! But my advice would be to do as much planning and research as you can and then take the plunge. Try something new. For me it was one of the best decisions I made."
Tom Kidd, head of student recruitment and admissions, said: "Places are available in clearing this year, although many courses are filling up fast. We understand this has been a tough and challenging year for everyone, and staff will on hand to offer as much information, support and flexibility as possible.
"We would urge anyone considering their options, even if they don't have an application in or haven't even considered university but are now thinking about higher education, to get in touch with our clearing call centre on Thursday and chat to one of the team."
Clearing lines - 03330 432414 and live chat on the university website are open:
- A Level results day Thursday, August 13 (8am-8pm)
- Friday, August 14 (8am-6pm)
- Saturday, August 15 (10am-4pm)
- Sunday, August 16 (11am-3pm)
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