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Almost half of A Level and BTEC students do not understand clearing or how it works


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Nearly half (47%) of current A Level and BTEC students do not understand the clearing process, according to research by Northumbria University.


A similar number (44%) said that they did not understand the adjustment process, through which students can change their university place if they get better than expected results.

The research examined students’ knowledge of the options available to them after receiving their exam results. Only 45% of those questioned expected to get the same grades as when they submitted their university applications.

The majority of respondents said that they would stick with their existing university offer even if they did get better than expected results. This number was lower than in previous years, however, suggesting that more students than before are now considering a change of course or university after they receive their results.

The survey also revealed the key factors students use when determining which course is right for them. Job prospects, teaching standards, and the facilities available at an institution were the three most important factors according to those questioned.

The UCAS website was found to be the most popular source for information about courses – 43% of those questioned said they had used the site to research the options available to them

When choosing student accommodation, respondents said that quality, cost and proximity to their chosen university were the three main considerations.

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