Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Think before You Choose Wrong Clearing Course, Students Warned

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Think before You Choose Wrong Clearing Course, Students Warned

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

MASSIVE pressure on university places could lead students to harm their prospects by choosing the wrong course, education experts warned today.

Stress on places is expected to peak this year as students try to get to university before tuition fees treble next year.

More than 673,000 people have applied for around 350,000 university places. Three London universities have announced they will not take part in clearing this year because they are already full.

But Professor Alan Smithers, from the University of Buckingham's Centre for Education and Employment Research, warned students not to panic and accept any course at any university.

UCAS also warned students not to rush their "life-changing decision" just to beat the tuition fee hike.

Professor Smithers said a record number of A* grades are expected to be handed out this year, for as many as one in 10 exams.

He added: "The only point of going to university is that it will enhance your life. That means engaging with something that gives you pleasure and satisfies you.

"Don't sign up to a uni and do a course simply to get in somewhere, that would be a big mistake.

"Not all universities and not all courses are the same. There are particular courses that will do a lot for you and others that won't."

He advised students to think about reapplying for a place next year, when increased tuition fees come in. …

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