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What is Clearing?

Results day may only seem around the corner, so you might now be wondering what happens on the day if you haven't already got an offer secured...

What is Clearing?

Clearing offers you a chance to find a full time undergraduate course to start this September. Thousands of students find their university place through Clearing every year, so you wouldn’t be alone in exploring your options.

When does Clearing open?

Clearing opens from the beginning of July each year. If you have your results you can apply straight away, however you might need to wait until A Level/BTEC or GCSE Results Day in August to be able to apply. We advise you to research your course options early though so that you are prepared when A Level/BTEC Results Day arrives.


When does Clearing end?

Clearing usually closes around the end of September or when the courses in Clearing are full.


How does Clearing work?

A university will publish a list of the courses which have places available to start in the coming September. As soon as you have your results, you can apply for the course either online (from July until mid August) or by calling the university's Clearing hotline which opens on A Level/BTEC Results Day (Tuesday 10 August).

If you have the required results for the course, you can be made an offer in Clearing. Once you have been made an offer, you will receive an email from the university which explains what you need to do next to accept your offer and make arrangements for student finance or accommodation if you need it.

Find a course in Clearing

See what courses are currently available through Clearing.

Why apply in Clearing?

There are many reasons why you might want to apply for university in Clearing: 

  • Your results are worse than you expected
  • You decide to apply at the last minute
  • You change your mind about the course you’ve already applied for
  • You change your mind about the university you've already applied for
  • Your exam results are better than you expected – this is known as Adjustment

When do A Level results come out?

Results day is Tuesday 10 August 2021. You can usually log on to UCAS Track on the morning of results to find out whether your status has changed and if you have met your offer, however this won’t give you any details about how many UCAS tariff points you have. If you call a university Clearing hotline, you will need to have your grades in order to get an offer for a place however you can call us before and we’ll be happy to advise you on your potential options.


How do I apply through Clearing?

1) Check which courses are available

Not all university courses have places in Clearing as they may already be full for this September. Once you've found a course that you’re interested in, you'll need to check that you have the UCAS tariff points stated and any other specific entry requirements for the course. Sometimes the UCAS tariff points for Clearing are different to the main UCAS entry requirements. 

2) Apply

You will need to have your results before you can apply. If you already have your results, you can apply online once Clearing opens - you don't need to wait to results day itself. Once Clearing opens you'll be able to find the link to our online application form from the 'how to apply' tab on the relevant course page you're interested in.

Clearing application hotlines will open the morning of results day. You'll also be able to ask your Clearing application questions on social media.

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