A-levels 2010: Your clearing stories


At least 150,000 students will miss out on university but a large number have rejected offers or withdrawn from the system, Ucas says.

Many are still chasing a dwindling number of places via the clearing system.

BBC News website readers tell us about their clearing experiences.

James Bolger, from Bedford, had an unconditional offer withdrawn

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image captionJames Bolger went through clearing on Thursday

James received an unconditional offer from Bath Spa University in February. He took his A-levels last year and achieved a C for drama, a C for IT and an E for general studies.

But James said Bath Spa withdrew the offer a few months later "due to cutbacks".

He said he was upset because he had been looking forward to going to university and had saved up some money from working during his gap year.

The result

James rang up Coventry, Northampton and Canterbury universities. He has interviews lined up for next week.

Jaber Baksh, from Ilford, was 'stressed' about clearing

Jaber, who studied politics, economics and business studies, at Tower Hamlets Sixth Form, was hoping to get a place at the University of Westminster through clearing.

"I am extremely concerned that I may not get a place in university this year," said Jaber.

Jaber was worried he would feel lost for a year. He's already 19 and said it would mean he would not be entitled to any government-based education schemes if he did not make the grades.

"Getting a job seems nearly impossible," he added. "The experience has been very stressful indeed."

The result

Jaber got the grades he needed and now has four university offers from the University of Westminster, University of Greenwich, Middlesex University and Goldsmiths.

Amber Fox, from Milton Keynes, is heartbroken

Amber Fox studied at a comprehensive school, transferring to a grammar school at 16.

She studied maths, chemistry, biology and economics, with a view to studying medicine and becoming a doctor.

She had applied to Oxford, King's College London, Imperial and Leeds.

The result

Amber got 3 A*s and an A but was turned down by all four universities.

"I am delighted to think about what I have achieved and was very pleased with the results I received," she said.

"I struggled this morning contacting 12 universities, only to be turned away instantly before questions about my grades were aired, as everywhere is over subscribed.

"I am heartbroken that it is impossible for me to study at university this year and at the prospect of facing the same epic struggle next year. I will reapply next year but I may apply to some different ones.

"I am determined to keep trying to get to university and become a doctor."

Steph, from Birmingham, did not get a place at Nottingham Trent

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image captionSteph feared her hard work was not going to pay off

Steph was hoping to get a place at Nottingham Trent university, and had a conditional offer for at least 260 UCAS tariff points.

She said she had been "dreading 19 August for ages" and feared that despite all her hard work over the past two years she was not going to achieve the results she needed.

"I'm hoping that I don't need to go through clearing once my results come out as there don't seem to be many places this year," she said.

The result

Steph achieved two D grades for drama and history and a BTEC in health but had been hoping for a C in history, which she needed to get into Nottingham Trent University.

Steph is now waiting to hear back from Newman University to see if she has a place on the history degree course.

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