Research by Leeds Beckett University indicates that 49% of A-level students have not received any guidance about the UCAS Clearing process by their school or college, with a further 20% reportedly not knowing what Clearing is at all.
Elsewhere research undertaken by London South Bank University suggests that young people's perceptions of the Clearing system before applying to university and the reality that is being reported by recent undergraduates who have gone through the experience do not match.
According to Leeds Beckett's head of admissions, Stewart Harper, debunking myths surrounding Clearing is crucial to ensure that students are confident during the process and are as informed and prepared as they can be on results day.
In particular Leeds Beckett is offering prospective students a pre-registration service, whereby students can register their interest. The university will then contact them about available places before their phone lines officially open.
A record 64,300 students achieved a university place through the Clearing system last year, with one in eight accepted to a full-time university.