Advice for Scottish university and college applicants

Prospective university and college students who have questions about the Confirmation and Clearing process can get in touch with UCAS advisors, including their social media team.

UCAS figures released after June 30 - the deadline for making university choices - show that 42,958 people from Scotland have applied to higher education in the UK so far this year.

Of these, 42,201 have applied to at least one Scottish institution, an increase of over one per cent on last year.

Applicants can log in to the redesigned Track service on the UCAS website to see if they have been accepted or are eligible for Clearing.

An official Clearing choice can be made from the early afternoon although applicants should call universities and colleges beforehand to discuss courses that interest them and ensure that places are available.

Steve Jeffree, chief operating officer at UCAS offered this advice to applicants: “If you achieve the results you need for your chosen course, then you’ll see your place has been confirmed when you log in.

“If you haven’t been accepted at your firm or insurance choice, there are a number of options open to you, including Clearing.

“Clearing is open to anyone who is without a place on results day, for whatever reason. You can find detailed guidance about the Clearing process on the UCAS website, along with the courses that have vacancies.

“It’s important to be flexible when looking at the alternatives, and to research the requirements properly. You should aim to be as well informed as possible before you make that call to admissions staff to discuss the course you’re interested in.”

The UCAS website contains all the information on Clearing that students need.

Expert UCAS advisers are also on hand to answer questions from 8.30 a.m each weekday on 0871 468 0 468. Their social media team ready to help people through Twitter and Facebook too.

You can access these and other digital services, such as advice videos, by visiting www.ucasconnect.com.

If you don’t get the results you expected (whether higher or lower) and need advice about future options, you might also find it helpful to contact professional careers advisers on the free Skills Development Scotland Exam Results Helpline 0808 100 8000.