Clearing Advice for Parents

A prospective student and her family study a printed open day guide.If your son or daughter is holding a conditional offer, results day is when they will find out if they have secured a place at their preferred university. This can often be a day of celebration but it can also be an unsettling time when their plans might need to change.

If your son or daughter doesn’t get the results they were hoping for, or they change their mind about where they want to study, the most important thing is to remember to stay calm, be positive and don’t panic.

Our Clearing advice for parents will help you to support your son or daughter through the decision-making process.

  • A prospective student consults a printed open day guide as he walks past the Catalyst building with his parents.Be Prepared – encourage your son or daughter to have a back-up plan of different options ready for results day. This could include alternatives for if they do better than expected and become eligible for UCAS Adjustment as well as potential options if they don’t secure the grades they need and find themselves released into Clearing. Course vacancies at Edge Hill University are listed on our Find A Course page;
  • Check UCAS TrackUCAS Track updates at 8am on results day so make sure your son or daughter is free at this time. If your son or daughter narrowly misses the conditions of their offer, they may still have their place confirmed or be considered for an alternative degree. If their results are not what they were hoping for, reassure them that there will still be a wide range of courses available through Clearing with plenty of options to choose from;
  • A student browses her Macbook on a sofa in the Catalyst building, while two students compare notes on another sofa behind her.Step Away From the Phone – tempting though it is to get dialing yourself, your son or daughter should make the call to our Clearing and Confirmation Helpline on 0800 028 66 77. Universities really want to hear first-hand why prospective students want a place on a particular course. It’s also worth remembering that this is a two-way conversation. Your son or daughter’s experience during a phone call may help determine if a University is the right choice for them. Data protection rules also mean that universities can only speak to the students themselves about an application;
  • Have Questions Ready – while your son or daughter will understandably be focused on finding a suitable course and securing a  place, there are other important factors to consider when choosing where to study. When speaking to staff on a Clearing helpline, your son or daughter will have the chance to ask other important questions. You can help them produce a checklist of things to ask, from how they will be assessed to what support is provided in finding accommodation and whether any scholarships are available;
  • A member of staff points out information in a printed open day guide to a prospective student and her father attending an open day.Take a Road Trip –  if you can, you should visit the University where your son or daughter wishes to study. It can put any worries you might have to rest and will help your son or daughter get orientated for September. It’s an opportunity to look at the facilities, view the accommodation and get a better idea of what the student experience will be like. You can visit Edge Hill University at an open day or take a campus tour;
  • Accept an Offer – once an informal offer of a place has been made over the phone which your son or daughter wishes to accept, the next step is to add the course they want to join as a Clearing choice on UCAS Track. Their place will then be confirmed.

Whether your son or daughter secures a place on their first choice of course at their preferred university or finds an alternative, you will soon be about to watch them embark on an exciting and fulfilling new chapter of their life.

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