If there’s one thing more nerve-wracking than applying to university, it’s students receiving their final grades and exam results.
Students applying to university in 2021 have had additional challenges - their final years of secondary school have been disrupted and made all the more challenging by the ongoing effects of COVID-19. All the uncertainty and trepidation that students (and their counsellors) usually experience on results day will be heightened.
COVID-19 has meant that some exams and standardised tests across the world have been cancelled again this year, with many students instead relying on teacher-marked coursework and estimated grades.
This upheaval has meant that many students are worried about the effect COVID-19 will have on their chances of securing a place at their chosen university. We saw last year how many students lost out on places, and ended up being awarded much lower grades than they expected.
With the UK's successful vaccination programme, it has been predicted to continue to be one of the most popular destinations for international students. Many may even make last-minute decisions to go to the UK over countries where the COVID-19 response has been different.
That’s why, perhaps more so than any previous year, Clearing and Adjustment will be a crucial resource for UK university applicants who find themselves having to re-think their undergraduate study plans.
Clearing & Adjustment are fairly well known to domestic applicants in the UK. But we appreciate that, for our wider international school audience, they may be less familiar.
What do the terms ‘Clearing’ & ‘Adjustment’ mean? How can international students benefit from using them? And what tips do UK universities have for 2021 students who might be thinking about applying with these processes?
We’ll explore the basics of Clearing and Adjustment - what they mean, how they work and why they can open up unforeseen opportunities for your students.