Friday, 29 July 2011

Sorting a few queries



We are now drawing to the end of the second week of Clearing. Since Clearing has begun there has been a number of queries that have been popping up so I thought why not address a few which have been the most popular this week.

1.       What is the email address for transcripts?
The email address for sending in your transcript is transcripts@gre.ac.uk . Don’t forget the “s” at the end of transcripts!
Ø  Just a reminder: if you have made a Clearing application and have been told to email in a copy of your transcripts please do so within 24 hours of making your application. If you have missed the 24 hour deadline your application will no longer be processed or considered.

2.        When will I get a reply for my Clearing application?
You will be notified by email if your application has been successful or not to the email address you provided when you made your Clearing application by August 18, 2011.
3.       How can I be released from my place at Greenwich into UCAS clearing cycle?
You can only be released into the UCAS Clearing cycle if you hold an unconditional place. You can be released by sending us an email to releases@gre.ac.uk .
Ø  Lastly, for those of you who want to apply through the UCAS Clearing cycle but have yet to make an application you can still do so. But when completing your application please ensure to include all qualifications. An application cannot be amended once you submit it. If you are unsure of what qualifications to include, take a look at the “routes into higher education” chart below. If you hold any qualifications under level 2 or 3 please include all.
*Routes into Higher Education
If in doubt give the Clearing Hotline a call on 0208 331 9000, All the best!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

So, Clearing has finally begun again... well, in reality it began a month ago now (has it really been four weeks already?) but for myself it only feels as if it’s been a few days. This is because although I have spent the last couple of months helping prepare for this summer’s Clearing process it is only this week I have been dealing with telephone enquiries in earnest, offering help, advice, tea and sympathy while also imparting my knowledge and wisdom in answer to a plethora of diverse and interesting questions. Previously I was administrating the Clearing staff recruitment, whereby we employ and extensively train a significant number of students to help manage the numerous telephone calls we receive daily. The calibre of applicants this year was exceptional, and I believe they will all be in a position to provide pertinent, professional advice and answers to any query you may have...
My next task was to help facilitate the move from our office to one of the University computer labs, necessary to fulfil the demand for PC’s, phones, printers and scanners to enable the additional staff the space and facilities to work. This took all of two weeks, exacerbated by the (failed) installation of a new telephone system, resulting in a move to Greenwich campus at the eleventh hour. All in all a very hectic few weeks... Despite these interesting digressions, it is good to return to our primary objective, providing information, support and answers to potential applicants, working a part of a dedicated team, spending the days talking to all those wishing to apply to Greenwich through Clearing.
This year will actually be the third Clearing I have worked, however it’s a far cry from my first foray, which involved working the overnight shift, 10pm to 6am, as that year we were open 24 hours a day for the three days surrounding A level results day – I drank even more coffee than usual! It has proven a demanding but ultimately satisfying and rewarding role over the years, particularly when you meet students on campus you helped through the application process the previous summer! Here’s hoping this September I get meet some of those amongst you I’ve already had the pleasure of speaking to this week. Good luck all, here’s waiting for the telephone to ring...

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Making an application..

Clearing… it’s a word that frightened me when I first applied to University. I haven’t had to go through it as an applicant, but working for the University of Greenwich has given me a lot of insight into how to Clearing works… and just how scary it really isn’t.
Everyone panics about it. They do. It’s a simple fact. And right now, because of the high demand for places, the panic has… intensified. It’s important to stay calm and to plan which universities you are going to apply to. We (the University of Greenwich, that is) do have programmes that we are still accepting applications for. We do also have some programmes where we simply cannot take any more applications for this year. You can find out which programmes we still have available on our clearing pages. Many other universities will have something similar for you to look at too and it’s always a good idea to have a look around to see what’s still on offer.
Making a Clearing application with us is really quite simple. If you can say “Yes!” to all of the below, you can give us a call on the clearing hotline:
·         I have a UCAS or GTTR personal ID
·         I am holding NO offers
·         I have a Clearing Reference Number (CRN)
·         I have NO pending qualifications
·         I want to apply for a Full-Time Undergraduate or PGCE Primary/Secondary programme
When you call us on 020 8331 9000 (or +44 20 8331 8590 from outside the UK) to discuss making an application, please ensure that you have your UCAS/GTTR personal ID and Clearing Reference Number to hand. It means we can complete your application must faster, giving you more time to contact other Universities or simply relax, knowing that you application is in.
If you haven’t yet applied through UCAS or GTTR, you still can. It will tell you that “It’s too late”, however, this is referring to making your selection of programmes and institutes. You can still complete a profile to obtain the all important personal ID. Once you have this, you will also receive your Clearing Reference Number (CRN). It can take a little while for us to see a freshly completed UCAS or GTTR profile, so we may not be able to take an application on the same day you finish your profile.
If you want to apply for a part-time undergraduate programme, still give us a call to check that we can still take an application for your programme of interest. Our trained operators will be able to advise you and point you in the right direction of the relevant application form.
Good luck with your applications!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The benefits..

As some of you soak up the small amounts of sunshine afforded by our wonderfully changeable English weather, elsewhere the cogs are turning in the giant machine known as Clearing. Some of you have spent two years with your nose firmly in your books; whilst others have simply decided that now is the time to embark upon a course in Higher Education. Whatever your reason, due to the time of year, you'll all be going through Clearing when making an application to attend Greenwich at this stage. Some of you are perhaps in a rush to beat the fee-hikes in 2012, in a whirl of panic about the consequences of a lifetime of student debt. Some of you may have only just decided that university really is what you want to do for the next three years.

No matter what your circumstance, the well-trained and efficient Clearing team at the University of Greenwich can help you. Don't worry if your application is not successful, as with anything in life, it's more than worth sticking at it and persevering until you succeed.

The benefits to be gained from Higher Education far outweigh any perceived struggles. Not only are you able to hone your intellectual skills, you will also be involved in a rich and varied university culture. There are students from all over the world in attendance at Greenwich and you will be able to meet people from all walks of life.

The University of Greenwich is here to support you every step of the way; from the initial step of finding a suitable course, to making your application and then during your time at the University.

Aside from the truly inspiring setting (with buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the Maritime Campus) the University of Greenwich is filled to the brim with truly inspiring folk. I wish all of you every success on your journey into the daunting but extremely rewarding world of HE, it's an experience to be treasured.    

Monday, 25 July 2011

'Refering offer' in detail...

So you’ve been hearing lots and lots about Clearing through the blogs, one of the main things I’ve come across during Clearing is the confusion of actually applying through Clearing. As Clearing is not a simple process it can easily lead to confusion, especially when you’re told over the phone that you need to make a UCAS or GTTR account and fill out their application first.
Some of the callers I’ve spoken today have got “referring” themselves to us through UCAS or GTTR confused with actually applying, there is a huge difference between the two, one of which can prolong any Clearing applications you may want to make.
If you refer yourself on UCAS or GTTR you are essentially telling us that you are holding an offer and have referred (accepted a place) yourself to another university. The caller I had on the phone today had already referred himself to the University of East London on GTTR and believed this to be the same as making a Clearing application, this is not true, as it will probably have been touched upon many times in previous blogs. To make an application through Clearing you must:
1) Hold a UCAS or GTTR account and
2) Not hold any offers
..If you fulfil this criteria then you may call up and make an application. The caller on the phone had difficulty coming to grips with this as he thought by referring yourself to us via UCAS or GTTR was indeed making an application that will then be sent to us.
Referring oneself only occurs when you have received an offer and you want to accept it, it is in effect telling UCAS or GTTR and other universities that you’re holding a place and are no longer involved in the process of Clearing. As I explained to the caller this can be viewed as an advantage to any prospective students in Clearing, in theory, a Clearing applicant could apply to many different universities and then decide which one they want to refer themselves to if they receive more than one offer. 
The caller then had to call up the University of East London and asked to be released back into Clearing, which could take up to a couple of days, and then call back to make an application over the phone and make sure he does not make the same mistake again.........FINGERS CROSSED.

To make sure that you don't prolong your Clearing process, call us on our Clearing hotline just to confirm how the process works!!!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Happy Clearing!

Welcome to my first Clearing Blog! I cannot believe it’s already Friday and that I have officially worked five days of Clearing (I think taking lots of calls makes the time fly by).  I am thoroughly enjoying working Clearing this year as we have a great bunch of staff that are all so friendly and helpful…if you don’t believe me call us on 020 8331 9000 and find out… J
I have noticed that as the week has gone by the number of calls has definitely increased, so it is important that if you would like to make an application you call as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. It is also important to remember that you cannot be holding any offers from another university when applying. You need to be ‘in clearing’ which usually means you’ll have a CRN (Clearing Reference Number). Also remember that if you are waiting for important exam results or grades it is best to wait for these results before calling in to apply, as predicted grades cannot be used to make an application.
The team is not just equipped to taking clearing applications; we are also here to answer any queries that you might have about a course or the University itself! Even if you are thinking of applying in 2012 we are more than happy to help you out! Also, I think it is important for students to realise that if a course is full and they need to make an application for next year (which can be done from Sept 2011) it is not the end of the world. The extra year can provide one with great time for doing invaluable work experience, travelling or working to save some extra cash!
Anyway I better dash – I have many calls to answer J
Until next time….Happy Clearing!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Few technical hitches...


So Clearing has started.... We have had a few problems with our phones this week. They are working fine now!!! 
If you are looking to come to university this September a few things to remember are:
1) Register with UCAS and remember to put all your qualifications on your application.
2) When you have your UCAS number give us a call on 020 8331 9000 we can then advise you on the course you’re interested in.
3) If we take an application for you and require transcripts please note that you will have to send these to: transcripts@gre.ac.uk within 24 hours.
4) Finally remember to check your inbox (and your junk folder) as any offers will be emailed to you.
Good luck xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Clearing time

I did not think it was humanly possible for one phone to ring as much as mine did in one day; there is only one explanation for this CLEARING HAS BEGUN!! I’ve only been back one day and it feels like I haven’t missed a thing. I completely forgot how intense Clearing was last year but I surely remember now. Everyone just wants to know what’s happening with their application and what they need to do next. The people who have secured a place call up to make sure they have done everything they need to do. Whereas everyone else is trying their hardest to do whatever it takes to secure a place. I am speaking to a lot of people who are panicking and it is important to reassure them that we’ll help them as much as we can; at the end of the day that’s what we’re here for.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Be patient...

Hi Everyone!
Secure your university degree place at the University of Greenwich, as you are all aware it is the last chance for the low 2011 university fees and as it is coming closer to the start of the new academic year our Clearing team are busier than ever.  Invest in and shape your future with a degree taught by highly reputable academics with valuable connections in the professional world to certify you have the best chances to go onto having a satisfying and flourishing career.  When you are making imperative decisions about your future, you’ve evidently got some important questions. Call in and speak with us students at Greenwich because we are experts in a wide range of subjects. Apply now and start your degree in a few weeks. I did the same few years ago and have enjoyed every second of my university experience.
It’s not too late to apply to your choice of programme at the University of Greenwich; we are still taking applications for this September intake. Give us a call and we can help you start your journey into higher education. It is now day 19 through early clearing and we have received a very high number of calls. Therefore please be patient with us as we are very busy but I will assure you that it will be worth your time calling in. If you have any queries, advice or you just want to get talk about joining the university we are all here to help. Although many are still waiting upon exam results, this time will allow you to get ready and prepare for the time when you do join the University in September. All the very best of luck J

Monday, 18 July 2011

The Jewels of Clearing 2011

I am raring to go since undertaking my Clearing refresher training about 2 weeks ago. Like Clearing 2010, everything has been coordinated and detailed to enhance our processes and the Enquiry Unit will be running a tight ship to ensure we find a place for you at the university and I am just as excited as you are!!! The jewels of the Enquiry Unit are shining brightly and we just love to know we can help! 

As a team, we work together to ensure all our information is accurate and aim to go the extra mile to ensure the satisfaction of all our callers, but the Clearing event is special in many other ways. We recognise that gaining entry into university is a life changing experience and you need all the help you can get and so we dedicate our expertise and skills to serve you better during what can be a very frustrating event. For many, their application will be a last ditch attempt to try to get a place on their dream course; for some, university is an afterthought but whatever the reason we look forward to your call. For the last minute applicants, a glance at the previous blogs will help you with essential telephone numbers and guidelines to make the process an even easier one, so in case you are still wondering what to do in the first instance, have a look.

As an international student working for Greenwich, it is a great honour to be able to speak with and encourage prospective students into higher education. I did not apply through Clearing but there are many ways I can help to enhance your experience. I have a personal understanding that the anxiety and stress can be overwhelming but be sure you will be treated equally and fairly and given the same chances as anyone else, providing you meet the minimum academic entry requirements. The Enquiry Unit staff have absorbed all information needed to process applications and using various other tools along with communication with our Admissions team, you may be surprised how easy it all is.

We look forward to hearing from you all, and hope to welcome you to one of our campuses in September. 

Be positive, breathe slowly and let us help you make complete your first steps to a new beginning. 

In a few months it will be Freshers week, can you say P-A-R-T-Y, but that’s another story.... until then best wishes!

Friday, 15 July 2011

Calls are flooding in...

Clearing has started...and the calls are flooding in. Actually, it’s not too bad yet, I guess the busiest time begins on the 18th when the A-level results come out. Then we will have no time to breathe.
Right now we can only accept applicants who have their results, and so many just want to get into university. I can completely understand them though, as many want to avoid the increase of fees in 2012. However, many are mistaken that they won’t receive the same amount of assistance with fees as those in previous years...but you will! So don’t let it put you down if you don’t get accepted this year!
The Clearing process has slightly changed this year. E.g. we practically can’t make an offer for any courses ourselves as most of them are referred to admissions; many of the courses are simply full and closed for application for 2011; we will be placed in Avery Hill rather than Greenwich....
Greenwich is much better. For me. It’s closer, cheaper to commute, there is more food to choose on lunch, and just generally more convenient... but I guess different year, new experience, new team.....
The final moments of my life at the University of Greenwich will be spent with my colleagues.
In the mean time I have to spend my lunch breaks doing personal statements for MA applications and job hunting for October....

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Things to Remember



So we are two weeks into Clearing (almost) and this year, as you may have seen from the other blogs, has been as busy as ever. So I thought my blog would introduce some key dates most of which may already be on UCAS or all over the web but none the less here they are:

15th August – Confirmation Week
This week is when the Clearing applications will begin to be processed although you can make an application now it may not be processed till the 15th August and this is something important to bear in mind.

18th August 2011 – GCE and Advanced Diploma results are published
Once the results have been published the full Clearing service starts because, as Raz stated, you can’t make an application for Clearing with predicted grades

Mid -September 2011
UCAS will start to accept applications for 2012 from mid September for those that are eager to send in their applications ready for next year!

The next thing to consider is where you are going to live. Remember that the campus may not be close by to where you live now so you need to be prepared to start looking into accommodation; if you have not done so already. Most universities do have halls of residence (accommodation provided by the university) but at this time of year it’s important to have sent those applications in quickly to be offered a place (We usually say the last date to apply should be 19th August). Accommodation will do the best they can to help make sure you have a place to stay while studying at University.

As you can also see the deadlines are quite tight so I would say it’s an utmost to do your research before making an application and make a list of what you want to study and what you need to know. If you apply for one of the Bachelor degree programmes it will usually be 3 years full time so you don’t want to choose the wrong course now as you will be studying it for the next 3 years! I know a lot of people will call up to jump onto the first course that is available but even though it is Clearing you still need to be really picky and phone a few universities before picking the one for you.

My final point would be not to worry too much as I know the fees are rising next year but at the end of the day university has always been and always will be an investment. Much the same as a mortgage you need to put money in now to get something from that investment later on. A university course is a big step and you need to be sure that the course is for you before embarking on that road. Also the University of Greenwich does also offer a number of programmes aside from the bachelors degree programmes so also consider the alternate routes to get you where you want to be.

Lastly our next open day will be on the 20th August which will be running at all three campuses and it’s a good way to see the campus and accommodation first hand. Best of luck to you all!!! J

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Day 13


It is day 13 of Clearing and we have had tons of calls! The phones are ringing nonstop. However we still have a fair amount of courses available for those who want to still apply during Clearing. The Clearing process might seem difficult for first time users so I have written a simplified four step guide.

Raz’s guide to Clearing applications.

Step One: Call the Enquiry Unit and check if the programme you want is still available.

Step Two: If you haven’t already registered with UCAS, register through UCAS for the academic session 2011/2012.

Step Three: Call the Enquiry Unit on 0208 331 9000 and make sure you have your personal ID from UCAS at hand. You then make your application over the phone,

Step Four: Wait for the decision, it will be sent to you by email. If you have been offered a place you must choose the university on UCAS track by midnight. If you haven’t, you are more than welcome to apply for a different course.

Remember to make a Clearing application, you will need to make sure you hold no offers through UCAS and you must have received all your awaiting exam results, whether they are A-Levels, BTEC, GCSEs or even your degree classification

And voila that’s the process done! I wish you all the best of luck with applications readers.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Useful numbers

Clearing can be a pretty stressful time for applicants but we are here to make it easier for you guys. To that effect, I have for you some useful phone numbers. The last thing you would want is to have to make a long call to an organisation like UCAS by ringing their 0871 number for example and with call costs from mobiles being so high, I have a few landline equivalents that in many cases connect you directly to the switchboard so you don’t have to go through selecting 1 to do this and 2 to do that.
UCAS / GTTR: 01242 222 444
NHS Student Grants: 01256 655 655
NHS Student Bursaries: 0191 203 555
Nursing & Midwifery Council: 0207 637 7181
Student Finance England: 0141 243 3600
NARIC (for International Students): 01242 258 608
And last but not least, our number ... The all important Clearing Hotline @ University of Greenwich: 0208 331 9000.
In addition to that, when you call us to make an application, or for information on a course, it would be very useful for you to have your UCAS Personal ID and your Clearing Reference Number to hand. Also if you are calling from your mobile, PLEASE try and call us from a sheltered area (preferably indoors) where you can comfortably hear what we are saying and able to write down any important phone numbers and/or email addresses that we may give you, and not while you are walking along a busy road as it can be quite difficult to hear.  
Apart from that, I’d like to wish you all the best!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Panic mode...

Hi everyone and welcome to my first Clearing Blog. I have also been writing a student blog for the last year – you can find it on http://gre-alice.blogspot.com.  The whole atmosphere in the Enquiry Unit feels different.  There are more of us working each day and the phones are very busy.  I have not been here since last Monday when I had my ‘clearing training’ so I was worried I would forget it all between then and now.  Luckily I was able to come in early and have a quick revision before the phones started ringing – which they continued to do non-stop pretty much all day!.  We have an amazing team here and as busy as it gets, everyone works very hard and helps each other out.  This is so important because we have so much to remember and the situation can change very quickly;  things like the availability of courses, entry requirements and method of application.
One of my first callers was a mature student who had been out of education for ten years and now wanted to get a degree.  The problem was that he wanted just any degree and wanted to know what we had on offer that he could get into.  With no A levels there was not much available!  I have had at least three callers today in this situation. I suggested that they think carefully about what they really want to do, browse the university website to read up about different courses and consider that an access course is not a waste of a year but a brilliant way of preparing for university – learning to study again, research for and then write essays, and  practice time and life management.  I suggest that while starting the access course, they organise their time between now and Christmas to attend university open days which are so full of information and apply for courses that really appeal to them. If they go into ‘panic mode’ and sign up for any old course they may well live to regret it!
This afternoon, Shaz and I had a training session on the new phone system we will start using next week.  Everything will be computer based and there are different coloured jelly babies to signal when a caller is on line, when the call is finished etc. We are hoping that it will make our service much more efficient, easier to monitor and easier for us. However initially I think I will be dreaming yellow, blue, green and red jelly babies each night!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Busy Clearing!

Over the last couple of days I have been receiving many phone calls regarding fees and finance, bursaries and scholarships. We have had an increase in applications of up to 20% this year compared to last year and other years.  One of the main reasons for this is the increase in tuition fees for students starting their university study in September 2012. So naturally, more people are interested in getting into university this September.

I have also been receiving many calls about bursaries and scholarships. One of the bursaries available is the Access to  Learning fund (ALF) which is available to home students only for both undergraduate and postgraduate students regardless of their mode of study; either full-time or part time. This type of funding is provided for by the government and so doesn’t need to be paid back after the students have completed their studies. This type of funding is most suitable for students who are experiencing severe financial difficulties or unexpected financial crisis. Students need to fill in a separate application form for this type of funding after fully completing their registration for their individual programme of study.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

‘It’s never too late…’

The term Clearing evokes all sorts of emotions and images in people’s mind. Although I did not apply to university through Clearing, I remember thinking the process must be incredibly difficult and daunting, possibly even too late to apply. However, I would like to say it is definitely not tricky to apply for a course through Clearing, especially with University of Greenwich. Given that we still have, spaces available on the courses (please do give us a call to find out about availability for courses on 020 8331 9000) and that you have your grades (the final grades, not predicted) then we can process an application for you over the telephone. If you meet the entry requirements then we could offer you a place at our university. J

It is also vital to note that when you have registered with UCAS, and wish to put forward an application via clearing, you will be given a personal identification number, also known as ‘PIN.’ Additionally, you will also be given a Clearing Reference Number otherwise known as ‘CRN.’ When you give us a call, it is likely we will ask for both of these numbers in order to put forward an application with us. HOWEVER, currently we are accepting applications with just the PIN; therefore fret not too much about the CRN. If possible, please try to retrieve the CRN by calling UCAS, if you have not been given it, because it makes the process a lot more straightforward in terms of finding your application.

I would also like to add that there are currently selected courses available to apply for through Clearing, so feel free to give us a call. Additionally, in regards to some of our popular courses we will get a better picture if any courses are to reopen up for recruitment on the 18th August 2011.





<<<You might feel like this before you give us a call…










<<< But we hope you will experience this after the call!







Sonia x

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Clearing, let’s get it started!


At the University of Greenwich we study throughout three terms and afterwards we have a summer holiday! Whilst most people go on a holiday, visit their friends or update their Facebook status’s, but I will be working for our Clearing this summer. It will be a time of nerves, sweaty hands, excitement, disappointment and deadlines. However, I am only on the other side of the phone trying to help you as professionally and quickly as possibleJ. We’ve never met before, so for me it is just as exciting as it is for you. I would love all of you to get a place at, what I believe to be, the most diverse and interesting university in London, but unfortunately that is not always possible.
Last week, a caller enquired about the BA Hons Events Management, a course which I have just completed! The enquirer called from France and her questions were pretty diverse and focused. However, this makes my work more interesting and entertaining. She wanted to know the status for her 2011 application, but unfortunately there was no decision yet, due to the fact that we received 20 PERCENT MORE (!!!) applications in comparison to last year! She was asking about the content of the course, how friendly the lecturers were and if there were a lot of opportunities available after you graduate.
The mood of the callers varies very much. While one caller is really happy, another caller might be sad. It all depends on the person, which is kind of logical. Last year a caller was so happy that he got a place on a programme he told me that he wanted to name his newborn after me. Even though, that is a big compliment, a thank you would have been sufficient as well. I started working for the Enquiry Unit since August 2010, but every day is different and no day is the same. This is because you differ from every other prospective student who calls us and that’s what makes it just so interesting.
To conclude I would like to emphasise that it is important to realise which course you would like to apply for. I know the fees will go up rapidly in 2012, but if you spend 3 times £3,375.00 for a degree that you don’t really like, it is a waste of money. Just imagine that, if you graduate at university, you don’t have to pay anything back until you earn over £21,000. You only need to pay back 9% of what you earn over £21,000. In other words, if you earn £25,000 a year, you will only pay back 9% of the £4,000 difference... which results in approximately £7.00 a week... which is £1.00 A DAY.... who will miss £1.00 a day, if you earn so much money!?
Anyway, if you want to apply for a course, if you want to enquire about a course, or if you want to know the status of your application please contact us on 020 8331 9000 and me and my colleagues will be available this entire summer to answer your calls, even when you are drinking cola in Portugal!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Emily

Clearing has changed so much with the demand for university places. Only a couple of years ago people could make very late applications and start in September. With all the competition for university places which has been heightened by the change in university fees I am sure many prospective students are worried.
Remember that if you do not get a place on the course of your choice this year it is not the end of the world. When you hear the numbers related to the new fees they can sound very scary and make you wish you were Scottish.  However, although it is a lot of money student finance makes it a lot less scary than it sounds. You will only ever pay 9% of what you earn over £21,000. So if you earn any less than that you won’t pay anything at all.
I hope this time of year is not too stressful for you and remember it may be a long time until you retire so it’s more important to spend your time taking the course you want rather than just trying to be on any course sooner.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Jerushah says: "There's no such thing as a silly question"

Hello Everyone, and welcome to my very first clearing blog! I also do a student experience blog for the student union. You can find me at : http://gre-jerushah.blogspot.com/
It has been a busy couple of days at the Enquiry Unit, and since early clearing started on Friday we seem to be having a few FAQ’s... So, I thought I would make them the topic for my blog !
Have you lost any of your certificates ?
Last week I spoke to someone who’s school had burnt down (destroying all of the academic records), and they were worried about what to do when the time came to send their qualifications in. There are all sorts of reasons for not being able to lay your hand on your certificates (I’m sure I’ve lost track of a few over the years). Don’t worry though, help is at hand ! Edexel can help you replace most types of lost certificates, you can contact them on : 0845 618 0440.
Help ! How many points do I have ?
I’ve had a few calls today from some of you, wondering how many points your qualifications are worth. There is a nice, handy area on the UCAS website which can help you to calculate your points :  http://www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/tarifftables/
Do you have a problem with ELQ ?
Since early clearing started, there have been two calls to me from people who have been affected by ELQ (when a student already has a qualification equivalent to the course they are apply for). If you are worried that you are likely to experience financial problems as a result of ELQ, it might be worth applying for a postgraduate course. Thinking about my own experience (I am a Masters by research student), I have found it financially easier to study part-time and spread the cost over two years. It’s not too late to apply for many of our postgraduate courses, so if you would like to talk to someone about it, please call us on the Enquiry Unit line : 0208 331 9000.

Happy Clearing Everyone !
Jerushah x