What is Clearing?
Clearing is a short window of time that allows you to find a course at university. Whether you have had a change of heart or circumstances, didn't get the results you expected, or you decided to apply after the main UCAS deadline; Clearing is another opportunity for you to get into university.
If you choose to go through Clearing, you may have to make a slight adjustment in the course you want to study, or the university you'd like to go to. It could be the start of something great that will open up opportunities you may not have even thought of.
You will be able to apply through Clearing if you:
- haven't done quite as well as you expected and you haven't met the conditions of your offers
- haven't made a UCAS application this year
- haven't received any offers (or none that you want to accept).
For those who already have exam results or hold no offers, C
When does Clearing open?
learing opens early - usually during the first week in July.
Traditionally, most students will hear about or use clearing on A-Level results day, once they receive their grades.
Clearing is open until about in mid-September.
When Clearing opens you will be able to call our Clearing hotline on 01424 442222 and select option 1, and then speak to our Admissions team about the process and your application to study with us this September.
How to apply through Clearing
First things first, give us a call to see what courses we have available. You'll need your qualifications and grades to hand, as well as your UCAS ID number (if you have one).
We'll chat to you about your options and let you know what courses we have available. If we have something you like, we may be able to make you an offer there and then.
Once you have this verbal offer you will be able to use the 'add clearing choice' button on your UCAS Track screen.
If you haven't applied to universities through UCAS, you can apply to us directly using a Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA) form. You can download it here.
Student Finance England
If you need to apply for a student loan then follow this link to begin the registration process: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
A four step guide to getting a course through Clearing
Taking some time out to think through your options is very sensible. Yes places at university fill up fast, but clearing is open until mid-September, so you have a little bit of time to consider all your options. The important thing is to keep a clear mind and don’t get into a ‘panic buying’ frenzy and snap up the first course you see. University is three years – you don’t want a course you’ll hate after the first semester.
See clearing as an opportunity
It is easier said than done, but try to remain positive about clearing. There will be other courses out there for you. OK, they might be in a different part of the country to your original choice, but that could bring all sorts of other opportunities you weren’t expecting.
Consider your options
Do some research on the UCAS website. Have a look to see what courses are out there. Then have a look at the course and university online. Check out their website and see what they’re up to on social media. This will give you a good indication of what student life is like and whether you’ll enjoy studying there.
Call the university directly
Once you have found a course you like, give the university a call. Speaking to their admissions advisor could be a lot quicker than applying online. Plus, it will give you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about their course.
We know what Clearing is all about and we can help.
Call us on 01424 442222, Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm, or come in and see one of our student advisors and we will be able to give you impartial advice about your future.