Clearing is always stressful and fast paced but particularly this year with the change in regulations about AAB students.
Try our Course Finder to see which uni might accept your grades or read on to find how to use this site to help with your Clearing choices.
Below is a step-by-step guide to how to get the most out of our site as quickly as possible to show you your realistic clearing options. We're hoping to show you what is possible with the A-levels you have rather than which universities are offering places.
The guides below are for when you:
- Know your degree choice but aren't sure where to apply.
- Have changed your mind about your degree choice.
You know your degree subject choice - but where to go?
Step 1 - Choose your degree
- From the main site click on 'Explore by subject areas'. This will take you to a list of degrees offered at UK universities.
- You can then choose the subject you want, either by using the scroll bar or by typing it in the search bar.
- In this example we're using Maths.
Step 2 - Choose your university
- Once you've chosen your Subject (Maths) on the Degree tab, move over to the University Tab. Make sure that the drop down bar at the top is set to 'By Degree Choice'.
- You will then see a list of universities that offer your chosen degree (in this case, Maths).
- Select any university that you're interested in. Remember to be realistic in your choices - as much as we'd love it, there are unlikely to be Oxbridge places. In this example we've chosen Brunel.
Step 3 - Check your A-levels
- With Maths chosen on the Degree tab and Brunel chosen on the University tab, move to the A-level tab. Make sure that the drop down menu is set as 'By Degree and Uni Choice'. Here you will see the most commonly taken A-levels by those who studied Maths at Brunel. These should be Maths, Computing and Business Studies.
- The coloured bar below each A-level subject shows you what grades got in to Brunel with. You can hover over this for more details.* Does it look like you've got the grades to study Maths at Brunel?
- If you want to look at a different university, go back to the university tab, delete Brunel, choose another university, then repeat step 3. If you make any mistakes you can click clear selections to start again.
- Now go back and search for your course and universities! Good luck!
*If the bar doesn't appear, don't worry, it just means that there isn't enough data to show you yet.
You've changed your mind about courses
- It might first of all be worth talking to your first choice university - assuming you're still happy with that. They may be happy to let you change course.
Step 1 - select your A-levels
- From the main site click on 'Explore by subject area' then click over to the A-level tab (it's the first one) to get started.
- You can then select your A-levels. After each selection a pie chart will appear showing the most commonly studied degrees by people with that A-level.
- For this example we've chosen Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Step 2 - choose your degree
- Now move over to the Degree tab. This will give you a full list of degrees studied by people with your chosen A-levels. Make sure that the drop down menu next to the search bar is on 'By A-level Choice'.
- Select a subject that catches your eye. We've chosen Mathematics.
Step 3 - choosing your university
- With your A-levels and degree chosen, you can now move over to the University tab. Here a list will appear of the universities who offer that course (Maths). Make sure that the drop down bar at the top is set to 'By Degree Choice'.
- Select any university you're interested in. Remember to be realistic in your choices - as much as we'd love it, there are unlikely to be Oxbridge places. In this example we've chosen Brunel.
- Next to each university you should see a blue 'i'. This links to their website so you can have a better look at them.
Step 4 - compare your grades
- If you click back over to the A-level tab you should see Maths, Computing and Business Studies listed at the top. These are the most commonly taken A-levels by those taking Mathematics at Brunel. If you don't, make sure that the drop down menu is set as 'By Degree and Uni Choice'.
- You'll also see that there's now a colour bar underneath some subjects.* You can hover over this bar for more details about the grades Brunel accepted for students to study maths.
- If you want to look at a different university or course, go back to that tab and click to deselect Maths and Brunel. If you make any mistakes you can click clear selections to start over.
* If this doesn't appear, don't worry it just means that we haven't got enough data to show you yet.