LSBM is looking to join UCAS in the near future. For more information regarding how UCAS works please read on.
How it Works
If you would like to apply to a course through UCAS Clearing it is necessary to first register with UCAS to obtain a Clearing number and passport.
During UCAS Clearing, existing vacancies for courses will be advertised in newspapers and on college websites. Although UCAS normally processes student admissions, during Clearing students must contact Higher Education Institutions directly to find out the course requirements, availability and to arrange interviews.
If you are offered a place and you are sure that you would like to accept, your UCAS Clearing passport should be submitted with your application to the college, in order to officially confirm your place. Once you have completed this process you cannot change course or college.
Finding a Place on a Suitable Course
Generally, UCAS Clearing is depicted in the UK media as a chaotic rush for last minute University places before they are taken. Many University admissions offices are difficult to get hold of during August due to the sudden increased demand for places at this time. Some students may panic and accept a place on a course without making an informed decision. To avoid this it is important to keep your options as open as possible and your original aims of studying in mind so you are not tempted to take the first offer that you receive.
The September and November semesters are coming up very soon and a few hundred thousand students are likely to miss out on being placed at a University. * Reliable sources say: "Latest figures show that more students than ever are applying for university places this summer to beat the sharp rise in fees next year. Almost 220,000 students are likely to miss out on a place - almost a third of those applying".
* The Telegraph on University Education
There is hope... you can apply at a number of the colleges that offer University degrees in London and still get your UK degree. As one of the world's most famous, most visited and influential cities London is a popular destination for thousands of international students every year.
What is UCAS Clearing?
As an International student, you may be wondering what UCAS Clearing is and whether it is relevant to you. UCAS (University and College Admissions Service) are a central admissions organization for the UK Higher Education system which processes student applications and exam results for entry onto Undergraduate courses at registered Institutes.
Clearing is the process used by UCAS and UK Universities and colleges to match any course vacancies which have not yet been filled to students who are still searching for a suitable course offer.
Why Go Through Clearing?
UCAS Clearing enables undergraduate applicants to secure a place in a UK University if they have not achieved the predicted grades required for their course offer, missed the application deadline for their chosen course, or not received any offers from any Higher Education Institutions.
When is Clearing?
Typically, Clearing can start any time after 30th June which is the deadline for all undergraduate applications through UCAS. However most Universities do not start to advertise vacancies until around 30 August which is when UK secondary school exam results are published, and they have been informed by UCAS of students grades.
If You Do Not Wish to Apply Through UCAS Clearing System
An alternative solution to UCAS Clearing is to approach Private Higher Education Institutions. Many Private Business colleges are not registered with UCAS, and therefore can be approached directly, with more ease by prospective students without the need to go through the process of Clearing with UCAS. Fortunately, there are a number of accredited, private Higher Education colleges in the UK offering a diverse range of subjects, and study options enabling students to apply for courses which are more closely matched to their first choice.
For more information and free advice, send us an enquiry and one of our LSBM Student Recruitment Executives will be in touch with you!