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Clearing top tips – Bath Spa University

Stress-free Clearing top tips from Bath Spa University

Wednesday, 31 May, 2023

Bath Spa University has created a top tips guide for those who find themselves looking for a university place through Clearing. The process can be a great opportunity to find the right course and university, giving students the chance to have other options if things haven't quite gone to plan with their results.

Professor Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University, said: "Bath Spa University is, at its core, a caring university and we care deeply about the safety and the overall experience our students will have on campus, this year more than ever. We also care about the experience students have during the Clearing process, which can be a stressful time, especially if they're not sure that going to university is right for them this year or if they're unclear on the process of finding a place.

"Clearing can actually be a fantastic opportunity to discover a wide variety of courses students may not have considered before and they might even find themselves with a better course than they'd expected! We encourage anyone who is worried about their results to call our Clearing helpline ahead of results day so we can chat through their options and help them pursue their higher education aspirations."

While Clearing is often portrayed to be a daunting and overwhelming experience, with some preparation and open-mindedness, students could end up having a more positive experience than they might have imagined. 

Here are Bath Spa University's top tips on making Clearing as smooth and positive as possible.


Preparation is key when facing the Clearing process. You might think you only need to ‘cross that bridge when you get there' but taking the time to do some research ahead of results day will guarantee a less stressful situation. Look into all the universities that offer the subject you're interested in ahead of results day so you have plenty of options to choose from. 

Start now 

Clearing is already open at most universities, so it's not too early to start looking around to see what courses are available! We've put together some useful tips on how to navigate Clearing without the stress.

Pick up the phone

Don't be afraid to talk to a university to see if they have availability in the courses you're interested in. The helpline staff are there to help you and answer any questions you may have! If it's Bath Spa University you've got your eye on, get in touch with our Clearing helpline team on +44 (0)1225 876180.

Research all the different options

At Bath Spa University, students can apply for a range of courses through Clearing – from social sciences, to photography, computing, law and teaching. Explore all the different subjects. 

We also have a range of fantastic facilities, from fantastic performance spaces, to specialist workshops and studios, to well-equipped biology and food and nutrition labs.

Don't panic!

We know it's hard not to stress, especially as we look ahead to an uncertain future, but the more prepared you are, the less panicked you'll feel on the day. If you're stressed about starting university, just remember that all universities work tirelessly to give all students an excellent student experience. 

Clearing at Bath Spa University will open on 5 July 2023 and students can apply for a range of courses from social sciences to photography, computing, law and teaching.

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