Universities have places to fill; even the prestigious Russell Group of universities are likely to enter clearing this year. And everywhere all you hear is "A level results", "university", blah blah blah...
It is easy to understand why students get panicked into making quick decisions, which may not be the wisest for them.
And yet, when you think about the amount of time and energy invested into choosing the course and university that you originally applied for (the reading of different courses syllabuses, visiting on Open Days, looking at different statistics about teaching quality, student satisfaction and graduate employment afterwards - or whatever it was that you did!), it makes no sense at all to just pick a university that has spaces and say, "I'll go there". It's a bit like dreaming of your first car; loving a particular model and finding out all about it - the costs, the insurance, reading reviews & talking to other people that may drive one. Possibly even taking one for a test drive to see how it feels. So you've decided you want a particular model, but when you go to your local garage they don't have one. Would you just pick any car that costs the same? In both cases, you're talking about a significant financial commitment, and you will have to live with your choice for the next three or four years...
According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, there was a 13% increase in drop-outs from university last year, amounting to 31,755 students who felt that they had made the wrong choice for them. It would be interesting to know how many of these had chosen their courses during clearing!
Don't be panicked into making a decision that you're not 100% sure about.
There are other choices that you can make, including:
-Taking a year out and applying to uni for next year, researching your options again
- Retaking your A2 exams & reapplying to your first choice of uni/course (but beware, some courses are so competitive that they don't accept students after re-takes)
- Looking at alternatives to university, including apprenticeships
- Reassessing your complete career direction to decide what you should best do short and longer term.