This year A level results day is on the 10th August. Clearing opens on the 5th July 2021 and we will consider applications through the Summer up to the start of Term.
Your son or daughter will be eligible for University Clearing if:
If their grades were only slightly lower than expected, don't panic! We may still be able to confirm their place. They can check this on their UCAS Track page: www.ucas.com/track
If we can’t confirm their place on their original course choice, then we will try to make them an alternative course offer. This will appear as ‘changed course offer’ on their UCAS Track and will show as 'UCC', which they need to either accept or decline. If they accept their place then they are confirming that they want to accept the new course offer. However, if they decline their place then they will automatically be placed into Clearing.
If we are unable to confirm their place or consider them for an alternative similar course, this means they are in Clearing and they can telephone us to discuss their options and next steps. Alternatively, they can visit our website to see which courses are in Clearing and check the course details, including entry requirements, to make sure it’s the course for them, before contacting us to discuss.
Applying for a course at USW through UCAS Clearing is really straightforward and if eligible we can normally make an instant offer over the phone. Make sure that your son or daughter has the following information to hand when they call us:
They can give us a ring and chat about what courses USW have on offer through Clearing. We will ask about qualifications/grades and what subject areas they are interested in, then assist to find suitable courses to match.
Make sure they’ve completed all outstanding requirements related to their offer – this will prevent hold ups or complications at enrolment. They may need to provide evidence of certain qualifications or complete a DBS check, so we’ll send reminder emails with advice on how to meet these requirements.
It’s worth comparing different student bank accounts to see which offers the best deals. Most banks will require proof of student status, which they can download from our student portal after they enrol. Ask the bank to provide your child with information around overdrafts, savings accounts and managing their loans.
If they’re allocated a place in Halls we’ll email their date and time for moving in, so you can start packing the essentials. If your child is opting to move into private accommodation, this may be the first time they'll pay bills independently. Give them as much advice as possible on sharing bills and keeping up with payments, alongside cooking and cleaning!
We understand that this is an uncertain time for your child to start university. The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority, so please be assured that measures are in place for them to study in a safe and secure way. We use the SafeZone app for students to request help, such as first aid or security assistance.
More information on safety on campus can be found here.
All USW campuses have great transport links, so it’s worth checking that your child has an idea of how to get here – as well as how to get back home!
There are incredible train links in South Wales, so a Railcard might be a good option if your child doesn't have access to a vehicle and it could cut travel costs up to a third of the price.
For wellbeing, information and advice, whatever the issue, there’s a network of people at USW ready to help your child. We care about our students, so you can be assured we have their every need covered, from our Disability Service to our confidential Wellbeing Service.
We pride ourselves on student support at USW. Online or on campus, we’re always on hand to listen, help and advise to make sure their university experience is the best it can be.
"We didn’t know much about the process of applying to university, especially as Lucas decided at a late stage that he wanted to apply for a music course. But once we started going through Clearing we found the university very helpful.", said Rona
"I found that applying for student finance was a bit trickier. When you’re a single parent you are required to produce a lot of evidence and paperwork, so you really need to be on top of it all to make sure the process goes smoothly.", said Alan