Higher Education - Year 13 Students

UCAS Covid-19 Update for University Applicants and Offer Holders – Year 13 Students

Although the process for awarding grades may be different, the admissions process to confirm your places at universities and colleges will remain broadly similar to previous years. UCAS are working to ensure all applicants are treated fairly and consistently, as they are in any other year.

UCAS will receive regulated exam results from awarding bodies and match these to your applications, to send on to the universities and colleges that are holding offers for you. Your chosen universities and colleges are expected to consider these grades in the same way as any other qualifications. A Level results day will go ahead as planned on 13th August 2020 and universities will not view calculated A Level grades any differently from A Level grades awarded in other years. UCAS will also continue to offer their Clearing service over the summer, giving you the flexibility to make choices throughout the rest of the year and have confirmed that, for those who need it, Clearing will be available as planned from 6th July 2020.

UCAS Clearing

UCAS Clearing is now live. Last year over 75,000 students used Clearing to find a place, for many different reasons. It might be that they do not have a place; they have a place, but have changed their mind about where they want to study; they have not yet applied through UCAS for this year. UCAS are hosting weekly Facebook Lives for students between now until A Level Results Day, where they will cover a range of topics to support you with your university application. Follow UCAS online so that you don’t miss out www.facebook.com/ucasonline

Clearing opened on Monday 6th July and the course vacancy listings will be updated on A Level Results Day, 13th August 2020. Clearing officially ends on Tuesday 20th October, but courses will close before then as they become filled.

Clearing Plus - the personalised way for students to find their place in Clearing

UCAS have bolstered their Clearing process this year and for the first time, from 6th July, students in Clearing will be able to see a list of courses that they have been matched to in Track. This ‘match’ will be completed using the student’s application, what universities have told UCAS they’re looking for, and what previous applicants have gone on to study based on their grades and choices.

Students are in control, so if you find a course you want to be considered for, you can send an expression of interest which means the university can then reach out to discuss things further. The Clearing search tool will still be available, with over 30,000 course options.

Although, at the moment, our school site is closed, our Careers team can still be reached, so please contact Mrs Calder with any queries or concerns that you may have. Mrs Calder will also be in school when you collect your A Level results, should you need any further support on the day.

Important Update on UCAS 31st August Advisory Deadline – Year 13 Students

Following the impact of Covid-19 on exams and assessments, UCAS have asked universities and colleges to extend the deadline for students to meet the academic conditions of their offer. Instead of 31st August, UCAS have advised them to now give students until 7th September. While universities will endeavour to be flexible in keeping places open, it’s important to remember this is only an advisory deadline. If you are aware of any potential delays to getting your results, it is important that you get in touch with your firm and insurance choices to discuss your options and keep them updated.


UCAS posts regular updates through their social media channels and on their website www.ucas.com/undergraduate/after-you-apply/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

What Uni?

What Uni? have a Q&A resource, including a live chat function, on their website which gives clear guidance around the changes caused by COVID-19 www.whatuni.com/advice/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/university-applications-2020-covid19-changes-to-uni-entry/87248/

UCAS Decision & Reply Deadline – 18th June 2020

If you received decisions from all of your choices on or before 4th June 2020, you need to reply to any offers by Thursday 18th June 2020. Please remember, if you do not reply by 18:00 on Thursday 18th June, then your offers will be automatically declined. UCAS’s advice is that a decision is better than no decision. Many of the reasons that you chose to go to university are still the same and will remain long after Covid-19. With new guidelines and advice, universities and colleges are putting plans in place to welcome students starting their studies this autumn.   

Student Finance

Student Finance England have removed the deadline for applying for Student Finance. If you are thinking of going to University and have not yet applied for student finance, please make your application as soon as possible.  If you change your mind and decide not to start at university this year, then you just need to let Student Finance England know. For the latest guidance around student finance, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-prospective-students

If you have already applied for student finance and believe that your household income will drop by at least 15% compared to the household income that you provided when you were initially assessed, Student Finance England may be able to help. Further guidance on eligibility and how to apply is available at media.slc.co.uk/sfe/currentyearincome/index.html

‘Know Before You Go’ Guide

Student Minds have created a brilliant resource to support students with their transition to University, which you can download from www.studentminds.org.uk/knowbeforeyougo.html This life skills resource helps you to anticipate, identify and navigate situations you will encounter when entering higher education. It contains information on many topics including paying bills, study skills, housemate issues, identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.

What Should I Take to University Checklist

If you’re due to make the transition to university this Autumn, Career Map have put together this checklist to understand exactly what you will need careermap.co.uk/what-should-i-take-to-university/

What Should I Take to University Checklist

If you’re due to make the transition to university this Autumn, Career Map have put together this checklist to understand exactly what you will need careermap.co.uk/what-should-i-take-to-university/