We are into July and for many that means a few weeks off.

Another key date is 5 July, when Clearing opens.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is another chance to find your place at university if:

  • you are applying after 30 June
  • you didn’t receive any offers
  • you don’t want to accept the offers you have
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offer

I didn’t receive any offers when I first applied to university. Can I apply again through Clearing?

Yes, you can use Clearing to find a place on a course as soon as you have your exam results. There may not be places available on the courses you originally applied to but other options are available.

Please be aware that entry criteria requirements will still apply. You can find more details of these on individual course pages for the university that you may be interested in?

I had a Conditional offer but didn’t get the results I needed. Can I still get on the course I wanted?

Unfortunately, if your exam results haven’t met the conditions of your original offer, you will not be eligible to apply again for that course through Clearing.

However, you may be eligible for a similar course that is still accepting applications. Explore our Study Areas and check the live updates on our website.

What do I do if I haven’t used UCAS before? Can I still apply for a place in Clearing?

If you didn’t apply to any colleges or universities before 30 June, you can still register with UCAS and find the course for you. You can also contact us directly for more information.

Once you have submitted an application, you will be assigned a Clearing number by UCAS.

From 5 July, you will be able to search for Clearing course vacancies and start contacting colleges and universities to find a place.

I want to go to university from college. Is there a different Clearing process for me?

The Clearing process is the same, regardless of whether you are hoping to join a certain university from college or high school.

If you are eligible for Clearing once you receive the results from your final exams, get in touch and find out about course availability.

(Depending on your qualifications and the course you are interested in, you may be eligible to start in year 2 or 3 of your chosen degree)

I want to return to education as a mature student. Should I go through Clearing?

If you are 21 or over, you will be considered a mature student. You can apply to university as normal through UCAS with an independent application (not via a school or college).

If applying after 30 June, you will automatically be entered into the Clearing process and can begin contacting universities from 5 July.

What results do I need to get a place through Clearing?

Each course has Typical Entry Requirements for applicants which can be found on the individual course pages. However, depending on the school, subject and availability, courses may accept individuals with lower than originally required results through Clearing.

Most universities recognises a broad range of qualifications and is happy to accept applications from international students, HNC or HND holders, and those returning to learning after a break.

Widening Participation applicants are also eligible to receive offers with Adjusted Entry Requirements, which are listed on individual course pages.

Our team at Pain Free Personal Statement can help, no matter what you stage in your educational journey.  We offer a free 30 minute review call, so please contact our team to further support.