So you didn’t get the A-Level exam results you were hoping for. First of all, everybody calm down and take a breath…
 

 
Lots of universities, including Cardiff Met, have clearing places available – so you still have a chance to go to uni without having to wait another year.
 

 
And you won’t be alone – more than 33,000 people went to uni via clearing last year.
 

 
It could be a chance to go somewhere you never expected, and study something totally new.
 

 
Here are six ways to get the best out of clearing:
 

1. Don’t be scared

 
The process isn’t as daunting as it sounds – it’s only a phonecall. You can get through to our Clearing team on 0300 330 0755. If you prefer, you can even contact us through Twitter on @cmetadmissions.
 

 

2. Be prepared

 
You’ll need your UCAS number, your grades and your contact info. A copy of your personal statement will help too. Be sure to have a pen and paper handy so you can make a note of who you speak to and any important information.
 

 

3. Ask questions

 
If you’re not sure about something, ask – it’s a big decision. Make sure you get all the information you need – is it a campus or a city university? Is there accommodation? What about work placements?
 

 

4. Don’t rush into anything

 
Make sure you think carefully before accepting an offer – don’t let anybody rush you.
 

 
There is time – clearing doesn’t close on results day, although the earlier you get involved the more options will be open to you.
 

5. Be willing to compromise

 
Don’t sell yourself short, but be prepared to be flexible. Don’t reject a course out of hand just because it’s not at a ‘big name’ uni – it could be perfect for you.
 

 

6. Go and see the uni for yourself

 
Head to a Clearing Open Day if possible so you can see the uni for yourself – it might turn out to be love at first sight.
 

 
So stay calm, follow our advice and you’ll find a course that’s right for you!
 

 
For more information about Cardiff Metropolitan University and for details about clearing, visit cardiffmet.ac.uk or call the clearing hotline on 0300 330 0755.
 

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