Five ways to help your Clearing Champion

Results day can be an emotional time for everyone involved. More so if coupled with a fast-paced Clearing race!

After supporting your child, sibling, friend or student through all the hard work and stress of exams, finding out how everything has paid off is an important moment for you both.

However, the journey isn’t over yet – they’re still in the race! Here are our top tips for helping them sprint to the finish line.

1. Plan ahead

Dealing with busy phone lines, pages of course details and a potentially life-changing decision can be overwhelming. You can help your Champion keep stress to a minimum by doing some preparation beforehand.

In the weeks leading up to Results Day, it’s a good idea to find out:

  • Which universities offer the courses they're interested in
  • Alternative courses similar to their top choices
  • The numbers and opening hours of Clearing phone lines

Having a list of where to call on hand can streamline the whole process. You can also practice with your Champion by asking them why they want to study their preferred subject.

Read our Clearing Checklist for more tips and key pieces of information.

2. Stay motivated

It can be easy for your Champion to lose momentum as they wait in phone queues, answer the same questions and repeat the same information with every call.

You can help by keeping the tea flowing, the phone lines clear and your mood positive. Clearing is an exciting opportunity for your Champion – be ready for them to get a place somewhere they’ll love!

Our Spotify playlists can be the perfect soundtrack for your Clearing experience, from picking up the phone to celebrating when they get that all-important offer.

3: Keep a note

While a university can’t offer your Champion a place without speaking to them first, you can phone on their behalf to ask general queries. You can also stay with them while they’re on a call and help fill in any gaps on things they might forget.

Having a pen and paper handy to jot down any important information will be useful when weighing the pros and cons of potential places later.

An offer won’t appear in UCAS Track until your Champion responds to their confirmation email, so it’s good to have your own notes in the meantime. Compare provisional offers with your previous research and any outside factors like university facilities, accommodation options and extra requirements like interviews.

4: Pace yourself

It’s true that places are likely to fill up quickly but it’s also important to remember that Clearing phone lines are open for a while. Not everything rests on the few hours immediately after your Champion’s results arrive and it’s okay to take a break.

Even after an offer (or more than one!) is made, it’s always important to have a discussion and figure out the best choice. Your Champion might benefit from sleeping on it and approaching their options with a fresh mind.

We recommend responding to a provisional offer within 24 hours to ensure the place remains available.

Your Champion has until Friday 30 August to get in touch with Edinburgh Napier University but bear in mind that places will become extremely limited as time goes on. Application deadlines for accommodation and some scholarships may also be earlier.

See our Study with us section for more information.

5: Let them make their own decision

In the end, Clearing comes down to one thing – what your Champion wants.

Being with them through the whole process can make it tempting to try and influence their decision. It’s fine to have an opinion but remember you’re there to help get them through and ultimately support their choice.

Once your Champion has accepted an offer through Clearing, they can’t apply anywhere else. Make sure they’re happy to cross that finish line!