Updated: Aug 13, 2020
This year has been a tumultuous year for GCSE and A level candidates. Anxiety is through the roof as students wait for the unknown. A lot of students have university offers riding on what they achieve tomorrow (without ever actually having sat the exam)! Therefore, I thought I would write a blog post collating all the relevant resources regarding what to do on Results Day tomorrow, medical schools in clearing and interview practice sessions for the last-minute interviews you may have to sit if you want to get your clearing offer!
Although I did not enter Medicine through clearing myself, I did attempt to get into St. George's before going on my gap year. This is what I would recommend doing tomorrow and some tips that I saw on this Student Room Thread:
8am: UCAS Track will be updated and shortly after, your schools should be emailing you your results (a few schools are allowing people to come in). I would save time and just focus on UCAS Track as this will be the earliest update you get - you can worry about your grades later!
After you receive your Track Update:
Bad news? Not want you wanted? - DON'T PANIC (but feel free to have a little cry if you need it).
Take a moment to think:
(a) Do I want to go through clearing and perhaps, not go for a medical school I originally considered? I don't really mind... I just want to do Medicine!
*** By the way: most universities will still require AAA, A*AA grades and beyond. If you received lower than this, Clearing will NOT be suitable for you. Maybe think more towards option (b) ***
(b) Would I prefer to retake the exams in autumn to try and get better grades, then reapply to my desired medical schools again during my gap year?
If you're thinking (a), do not rely on UCAS search for medicine courses in clearing, go directly on University websites. This is because UCAS is slow on the uptake for updates!
Key points for applying through Clearing:
Each university may have a slightly different submissions process but it will not be through UCAS. For example, some universities may use a Word document or pdf form that you fill in and email back to their admissions email address whereas others may have a direct online application form. If you're worried about whether your Clearing application was received or not, give them a quick call to confirm if they got your details.
All offers are still given AFTER an interview. Therefore, there is still just as much, if not more, competition for a place. I will be offering free practice on a first come first serve basis. The criteria to get an interview in clearing is the same as it was during that application cycle or in some cases higher. Whether these interviews will be via video call platforms or if you will be invited into the university will be at the discretion of the institution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You still need your current UCAT score for medicine in clearing. The better the score, the better the chance of you getting an interview invite (as in the normal application process).
Applying to Medicine through Clearing is SPEEDY (which the major difference compared to the traditional process).
Interview invites are usually sent out quite quickly (e.g. 2-3 days) after submitting your details (but this can vary).
Offers can be given around a week after your initial Clearing application (but again, this can vary)
They will then rank your interview scores as they usually would in the traditional application cycle and give out offers to those with the highest scores.
Also for anyone who does achieve the required grades for Medicine (i.e. As & A*s) and was unlucky during clearing, this is not the end! Depending on how far you got in the process, you are still worthy of studying the degree. Take a gap year (which I had to do), retake any exams if you feel they would strengthen your application and reapply. See my blog post on what I did during my gap year here.
So what medical schools are in Clearing?
Medical schools that are CURRENTLY in Clearing 2020 (all updated as of 13/08/20 at 2pm):
Nottingham at Lincoln A10L
University of Buckingham A100 (note: they are a private medical school so higher fees)
Edge Hill Medicine with a Foundation Year A110 - Note: additional entry criteria may apply, please check
Keele A100 ? <- states Medicine not in Clearing but application form allows you to apply
University of Leicester: Medicine with a Foundation Year A199 - for East Midlands students only
Leeds - full
University of Sheffield A100 - for Widening Participation students at Sheffield Hallam / Bradford only
Hull York Medical School A100 - full
Aston University A100 - deadline at 1pm 13th August
List of med schools that MAY be in Clearing (for 2020 Entry)
Lancaster University - find out more here
University of Plymouth - find out more here (however, people have rang up and the university has said that they are unlikely to go into Clearing tomorrow)
The University of Nottingham - find out more here
You can sign up to do Interview practice for clearing with me on here. Please note I can ONLY take on students who have an invite to interview and you will be required to provide proof of this.
For now, I would advise directly calling universities TODAY to find out if they are going to open Clearing tomorrow.
If phone lines have closed, create a list of medical schools you really want to go to and their official websites. You will need to wake up early tomorrow and comb through these one by ones to see if they spontaneously open Clearing!
Below are some sources that are posting great updates on the process: