Applying to university: how clearing became mainstream | admin

With record numbers of people using clearing, it’s now an important and respected route into higher education

The past few years have seen many factors that might impact on clearing – Brexit, new A-level formats, the removal of the cap on student numbers and a demographic that means fewer 18-year-olds. But one trend is clear: attitudes towards it are changing fast.

“A few years ago, clearing was embarrassing,” says Sarah Gordon, head of outreach and engagement at London South Bank University. “It’s the polar opposite now. It’s open house for anyone who wants to go to university.”

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