Guest blog: Top five tips on Clearing - a message to students

Subi Darbhanga, Head of Academic Services at London Met, tells us what her top five tips for Clearing are. Why not give us a call today on 0800 032 4441?

Date: 15 August 2019

Congratulations on receiving your A Level results! I hope you all got the grades you were looking for. Hopefully, you know what your next step is but if not, don’t panic, it’s not too late to consider going to university.

Universities across the country have now entered 'Clearing', a chance for students to still get into higher education, even if you haven’t applied yet or haven’t quite got the grades you were hoping for.

Clearing can often be misconstrued as a stressful and worrying time but it really needn’t be – if you plan in advance and, more importantly, do your research this process will be a lot simpler.

At London Metropolitan University, we receive considerable interest through clearing and I’ve learned some top tips which could help you through this period.

1. Do your research in advance
Going to university is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. It is an exciting time and choosing the right university and the right course for you is absolutely essential. Looking at university websites, reviewing the course you’re interested in, the location of the university and graduate outcomes will help you make your decision. This means what happens to students after they have finished their course – at London Met, our recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) score revealed that 96.7% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating. Over the last five years, there has been a 32% increase in the number of students moving into a highly skilled job or further study.

2. Don’t panic and keep an open mind
Entering Clearing can be one of the best decisions of your life. It can take you down a path you weren’t expecting and ultimately lead you onto something which makes you happier than what your original choice may have done. Some of our students who joined London Met through Clearing have gone on to really successful and fulfilling careers.

3. Clearing listings
Have a look at vacancy listings on university websites. There will be a list of which courses still have spaces and the chance for you to enrol on that particular course. This will help you in making your decision and - if you wish - to get in touch with that university and discuss what course would be best for you.

4. Call the university
All universities have a clearing hotline where you can speak with a fully trained advisor who will guide you through the process and discuss your needs. This time last year, we helped hundreds of people find a place on a full-time undergraduate degree at London Met – and our admissions team are here again to support you through the process.

5. Act fast once you have an offer
Clearing places often go quite quickly so you do need to be prepared to act quickly.

And finally, good luck with your next steps whatever you choose to do!

Subi Darbhanga is Head of Academic Services at London Metropolitan University and her team oversee the Clearing process at London Met. Find out more at or give us a call on 0800 032 4441.