Some scary statistics here!
The research surveyed 1,012 17- and 18-year-olds in England and Wales. 939 of those asked are holding conditional offers, with their places resting on the outcome of their A-level exams.
Of those asked, around 70% have reportedly not researched into how clearing works in case they don’t achieve their grades for their first or insurance choice university place.
82% said that they have an insurance place, but they don’t want to go there. If this is the case, then come results day they would have to give up their insurance place (if it’s offered) and take chances with the clearing process.
And a whopping 54% stated that they had not researched into a back-up plan just in case they don’t achieve the right grades and miss out on a place at their first and insurance choices.
What’s your Plan-B?
The good old scout motto, ‘Be Prepared’ couldn’t be more apt right now as results day approaches. And it’s not too late!
It’s inevitable that unfortunately not everyone’s going to get quite the results they need. So it’s massively important that you have your action plan in place. Check out other courses and potential options in advance just in case clearing is necessary.
And don’t be afraid to take a look at the other options available aside from university: Higher Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes are valid career paths, and there are Sponsored Degree Programmes out there too which may help you reach that university destination too!