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What is clearing?

If your results haven’t quite gone as planned or if you don’t yet hold any offers from a university or college, then Clearing may be for you! 

Clearing is the process run by UCAS which matches university undergraduate applicants who do not hold any offers, to university places that have not yet been filled.

Last year 64,300 university and college places were available through clearing."

(UCAS, 2018)

Clearing runs from 5 July to 23 October. 

You can apply through clearing if: 

  • You are not holding any offers from the universities or colleges you have applied to
  • You have not had your firm or insurance offers confirmed after your results 
  • You apply late,  after 30 June 

How do I use Clearing? 

Finding out you haven’t got into your firm university choice can be very stressful.  We can help you prepare just in case things don’t go quite as planned: 

  • Check your UCAS TRACK status - If you have applied to university and have been entered into Clearing you will automatically know from your UCAS TRACK application status
  • Apply to UCAS - If you haven’t already applied, you need to register with UCAS and apply
  • Make the Clearing call yourself - You will need to ring universities yourself to find out about course vacancies and if they would accept you. Find a quiet place to ring

Go to UCAS ‘Clearing’  for all the details and how to apply.

10 top tips to be prepared for Clearing

  1. Talk to your Careers Adviser. Contact Us
  2. Speak to your Teachers and Tutors. They have experience of the Clearing process and can advice you on your next steps
  3. Check out the UCAS Clearing website
  4. Note your UCAS ID or Clearing Number 
  5. Keep your results handy. Calculate your UCAS Tariff points  
  6. Keep your personal statement handy to refer to
  7. Search for university and college vacancies. Many universities start advertising their vacancies from July
    1.  Some universities offer preregistration for clearing before you get your results
    2.  Download a Clearing App   
    3.  Get Clearing listings such as The Telegraph Clearing  
  8. Save university Clearing Hotline numbers 
  9. Prepare questions you want to ask universities about the courses and vacancies they have. Have a pen and notepad ready
  10. Find a quiet place to talk to universities you are interested in

Don’t panic! Universities and colleges want students. Admissions teams will want to help you.


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