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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Clearing opens before exam results
A-level results
A university is offering clearing before results day
Pupils waiting for their A-level results are being invited to apply for clearing - even before they know their grades.

Sheffield Hallam University has launched an online application form for clearing places, which will be open before results are published on Thursday.

Under the clearing system, students who have not made their required grades for university places can re-apply to courses with vacancies.

This usually begins after students have received their results, but the Sheffield Hallam clearing system is inviting students to send in details before their results arrive.

Would-be students can find information about courses and vacancies and can submit their own pre-result applications.

Stress

If pupils then need to use the clearing system, they can then phone the university with their results on Thursday and activate the application.

The university says that this will "streamline" the clearing process and make the day of the results less stressful for pupils.

But since there have been forecasts that many universities could be left with empty places on courses, this could also be seen as a way of getting in early with efforts to recruit students.

Pupils receiving their results this week will have many more university places available than their counterparts in past years.

The online application form is available from Tuesday at www.shu.ac.uk/clearing.


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