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Making sense of Clearing 2022

Published: 09 August 2022

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  •   Students
A call centre with 2 women at computers talking into headsets

York St John University is opening a dedicated call centre to help take the stress out of Clearing.  

Staffed from 8am on A level results day (Thursday 18 August 2022), the centre will have a team of 50 advisors taking calls from applicants. They will offer free, friendly advice to anyone interested in joining the University and make offers over the phone. 

York St John will be accepting applications via the Clearing hotline (01904 809700) and online through the clearing webpage 

Matthew Taylor, Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Admissions at York St John University said:

“Results day is always a stressful time and we’re keen to do what we can to take the pressure off for people. Don’t panic if you didn’t get your grades, have changed your mind about your initial choices or just haven’t got round to applying yet. Clearing is now a very popular route into university, with over 73 thousand students taking advantage of it in 2020.   

“We always advise people to be prepared in advance and have compiled some Top Tips for Clearing 2022 to help you, even when you’ve had a sleepless night worrying about your results.”  

York St John’s Top Tips for Clearing 2022 

  1. Make a list 
    Starting with the course search on the UCAS website.
  2. Look more closely 
    Some courses may sound similar, so look at university websites to make sure that the course is right for you.
  3. Location, location, location! 
    Do you want to study close to home or further away? Have you considered commuting? What are your options and is there accommodation for clearing students? 
  4. Get a feel for the place 
    The best way to make sure you would be happy at a university is to visit, so book onto an open day if you can.    

  5. Talk to us 
    If you have any questions at all, get in touch – university admissions teams know you’ve got important decisions to make and will be happy to chat with you.

  6. Pre-register
    Is there an option to beat the rush on results day by signing up for information and updates.  

  7. Be prepared 
    Have a list of phone numbers ready for any university that you are interested in and make sure that you have your results and 10-digit UCAS ID number ready. Some universities may also give you an option to apply online. Check their websites. If you are phoning, find a quiet place to make the call. Always call yourself as universities will not want to deal with anyone other than the applicant.  

  8. Talk to your parents or supporters 
    It’s always good to get input from others when making big decisions, especially those who know you. Share your concerns and the things that you’re excited about.   

  9. Make a plan for results day 
    UCAS opens at 8am on 18 August. Make sure you know how you are going to get your results from your school or college on the day and plan around that.   

  10. Always read the small print
    Usually if you are made an offer over the phone, the university will follow that up with an email confirming that you have an offer of a place. Make sure that you read that carefully as there may be important information about reply deadlines and how to accept your offer.  

  11. Try and relax! 
    Easier said than done but remember that many Universities will have places available and all will be happy to help you. If you are well-prepared on results day, you’ll be fine.   


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