Today, for students in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and a few other far flung corners of the world, today’s a big day – the release of the A-level results. For those unfamiliar, A-levels are qualifications usually taken by 18 year olds and are needed for entry to universities.
It’s been 12 years since I got my results, which were disappointing but still good enough to make it in to my second choice of university, Bradford. And I’m still there now, having progressed from being a student to being a member of staff.
A-level results day also signals the main start of the Clearing process, where universities ‘clear’ their vacancy lists for courses in September. It’s basically a massive free for all, where students who haven’t got a place try to get in to whichever universities still have places available. I’ve been involved in Clearing in some capacity every year since I started university, this being the 12th year that I’ve helped out. Nowadays I tend to be based more in the back offices keeping everything moving, rather than on the front line taking calls from students.
This year, we at Bradford anticipate that there will be some limited places for students with good grades. If you’re looking for a place at university, please give us a call on 0800 073 4015 to speak to one of my lovely colleagues, who will be happy to help you.
As usual, any opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not necessarily those of the University of Bradford.