"Despite the higher fees for students entering higher education this year, a university degree was still of great value," he added.
Prospective students should be advised to see which universities and courses they may be interested in should they fail to get the grades needed for their initial choices and to programme the Clearing hotline numbers of these universities into their mobile phones.
Dami Omisore from Shepherds Bush knows exactly how students will be feeling on results day. Dami called Kingston’s Clearing Hotline last year after not quite securing the results she had hoped for. One year into her real estate management degree, the 20 year old has decided to join the team answering calls from prospective students. Dami has one main tip for those entering Clearing: “When you're calling about one course, don’t dismiss others out of hand,” she said.
Although university tuition fees have increased this year, Professor Weinberg is keen to remind prospective students they will not have to find the money upfront: “Students will be able to access loans to cover tuition fees and will only be expected to pay back the money in instalments once they have graduated and are earning at least £21,000,” he explained. “Students should also remember that there is financial help available at all universities.”