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A-Level results day: Advice on clearing

Thousands of students around Wales are getting their A Level results today, and many will be nervous about whether they’ve got the grades required to get on their chosen university course.

The competition for university places is unusually fierce this year, with fewer young people taking a year out, but instead trying to get into uni before the rise in tuition fees from autumn 2012.

For those who may be disappointed when they read their results – or even those who are pleasantly surprised and want to see where they can get in – clearing is what it’s all about this Thursday August 18.

For advice on what clearing is, and what you should be doing, the first place to go is to UCAS, who – as you’ll know by now – manage applications to universities in the UK. There you’ll find all the essential information, like where to get your Clearing Number from, and how to monitor your progress with the UCAS Track system.

The UCAS helpline number is 0871 468 0 468.

There is also a full list of UK institutions and the contact numbers you should use for clearing applications on the UCAS website.

There are a few other very handy clearing guides around, but the Guardian’s is surely the most thorough. It’s page on staying a step ahead is a highlight, if only because it will help you out with what not to say when you make the call to a university which might just be your university in a month’s time.

Here are the details for getting in touch with Welsh universities:

Aberystwyth University – 01970 622021

Aberystwyth has unfortunately already said it’s not entering clearing this year, with all places already taken, but it may be worth checking the website in case that changes.

Bangor University – 08000 851818

Cardiff University – 02920 876000

Details of any course vacancies at Cardiff are available online.

Glyndwr University – 01978 293439

Information on the courses available at Glyndwr is available via its Twitter page.

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 02920 391361

Swansea Metropolitan University – 01792 481010

Swansea Met has a comprehensive guide to this year’s clearing process on its website.

Swansea University – 0800 0949071

Swansea Uni’s website also provides information on available clearing courses.

University of Glamorgan – 08455 190111

Glamorgan’s clearing site allows you to search for the course you would like to do.

University of Wales Institute Cardiff – 02920 416044

UWIC will also be regularly updating online the courses they have available.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David – 0300 500 1822

Trinity Saint David has details on what it’s clearing team are looking for in a student on the clearing section of its website.

University of Wales, Newport – 01633 435000

Newport’s clearing page lists specific contact numbers for its departments where places may be available.

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