Preparing for University

Clearing preparation before results day
Results day is a stressful time and students need to prepare for all outcomes.  Hopefully they will be successful, but if not students will need to be prepared for UCAS Clearing.


Before Results Day
Students should have researched courses that are of interest to them and available in UCAS Clearing. They will need to check entry requirements, course content, university location and anything else they consider important.


On Results Day
Students need details like their clearing number – this can be found on UCAS Track once logged in.  They will also need their UCAS number and qualifications/grades.

They will need to ring their chosen university’s admissions team.  It is important to have completed prior research into the university and course through clearing as the phone call  with the admissions tutors is essentially a telephone interview.

Questions that arise might include: Q. Why are you suited to the particular course?  Q. Tell me what you know and what interests you about our course?  Q. Tell me about yourself, your skills, your qualifications etc?

Priestley will have a team of advisors on hand to guide and assist any students going through clearing. Help will be available including land lines for you to contact universities on in one of the sports classrooms off the mail sports hall.

For more clearing details click here


Parents’ guide to university
As a parent, you’re likely to be one of the most important and trusted sources of information and advice to your son or daughter when they’re applying to university.

Senior Tutor Chris Lee has prepared this presentation to give you an idea of how you can help support your son / daughter and how college is also helping make the process as smooth as possible > UCAS Parents Update Oct 2020

Click here to access the free 24-page guide containing everything you need to support your child – from university choices to student finance.


Preparing a personal statement
As part of the UCAS application process students are asked to complete a personal statement, explaining why they are a good candidate for their chosen course. A well written application may convince a university to make an offer, or invite a student to an interview.

Many people find it difficult to write about themselves, particularly their own strengths, so this is a useful guide to help great personal statement

Staffordshire University have also provided the following guidance.


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