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Clearing 2017

It's not too late to apply for September 2017

Missed the all important UCAS deadline? If you're planning on starting university in September 2017, you still have time to apply for an undergraduate course* with UCAS Extra.  We consider all applications, though some of our more popular courses may already be full.

We also know applying can get a bit complicated depending on whether or not you've already applied via UCAS. Our step-by-step guide takes you through the options.

*If you're looking for part-time or postgraduate courses check out our other advice on how to apply.

Applying via UCAS - what to do if you missed the January deadline

If you didn't use all five choices and didn't accept any offers

If you've not accepted any offers and you didn't use all five choices, you can apply via UCAS Track (that's your UCAS account to you and I) up until 6pm on 30 June and they will send your application to us.

If you’re not holding any offers after this date you'll normally be entered into Clearing (if you originally only applied for one course you'll need to pay an additional fee).

If you used up all five choices and are not holding any offers

If you used up all five choices, have heard back from all of these and are not holding an offer of a place, you can use something called UCAS Extra to apply for a single course which is now open until 4 July. To find out more about Extra, see below.

Universities have until midnight on 13 July to make their decisions on these applications. After this date, if you still don't have an offer, your application would be put into Clearing.

If you've not already registered with them

If a course still has places available, you can apply as a late applicant until 30 June. All courses that are closed on UCAS are clearly marked.

If you make an application through UCAS after 30 June, your application is automatically entered into Clearing and you'd then need to contact universities directly if you'd like them to consider you for a place.

What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra is a great way to apply to additional universities or different subjects after the initial UCAS deadline date of 15 January. However, make sure you're eligible! You can only apply to UCAS Extra if you have either received no offers from your original five choices or if you have changed your mind about the course/subject you wish to study and intend to decline all offers/choices you have. You can start applying through Extra now!

Can I apply via Extra?

You will be eligible for Extra only if:

  • You have used all five of your choices; 
  • All your offers have been unsuccessful (rejections) - or you have formally withdrawn from any offers you might have received; or
  • You have cancelled any outstanding choices and hold no offers; or
  • You have received decisions from all five choices and have declined all offers made to you.

Extra is a big help if you have changed your mind about a course or the universities you've chosen, and the Extra listings are useful resource in identifying any alternative course possibilities. To find out more about UCAS Extra, visit the UCAS how to page.  

If you're worried, want to explore other options, or need further help and advice about making an application at any time, please contact us using our course enquiry form or call 0121 331 5595.