New research by LSBU sheds light on the myths about Clearing
16 August 2016
Many young people (77
per cent of Year 13 School students we surveyed) believe that those who apply
for a university course through Clearing are only doing so because of missed
In reality, according to
a YouthSight survey of students who actually came through Clearing, only 50 per
cent are in Clearing for this reason.
More than a third (38 per cent) of those Year 13s surveyed thought a lack of
university offers was a reason for being in Clearing, when in reality it is only 12 per cent.
nearly 31 per cent of Year 13s also perceived missing the UCAS deadline as a
reason to enter the Clearing process, when in reality only 3 per cent of
students were in Clearing for that reason
LSBU also found that the
other reasons for applying in Clearing include:
Switching from another course: 13 per cent.
Declining all university offers: 12 per cent.
Not receiving any offers: 12 per cent.
Switching from another university: 11 per cent.
“Our research shows that
Clearing is now about much more than missed grades and it’s high time that the
tired and outdated myths so often associated with Clearing are laid to rest,”
said Ian Mehrtens, Chief Operating Officer at LSBU.
“Students now apply
through Clearing for a whole raft of different reasons – many not even associated
with exam results at all.
“Analysis of our own
student outcomes also confirms that applicants who apply through Clearing are
not disadvantaged in their studies or career development, which completely undermines
the tired and negative associations so often directed at Clearing.
“With greater social
mobility, diversity and numbers of people in Higher Education, routes to
university inevitably become more varied. Many applicants are further removed
from the UCAS timetable than perhaps A levels students who are guided through
the applications process by their schools.