How Clearing works

New to Clearing? We have put together a step-by-step guide on how it works to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right choice for you.

Clearing opens on the 5 July and ends on the 18 October.

If you’re taking your A-level exams this year you will receive your results on the 18 August. Whether you change your mind about your current university choices, your results surprise you or you’ve just started to think about university, Clearing gives you the opportunity to find the right course for you.

You can apply through Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you’ve declined your firm place in UCAS Track.

If you do better in your exams than expected, you may want to think again about your study options. You can do this through a process called 'Adjustment'. The UCAS website has more information on the Adjustment process.

When you are ready to apply through Clearing follow these three steps:   



Find the course you are interested in

You can browse our courses starting in September 2022 to see what's available in the subjects you want to study. If you have access to Clearing Plus in UCAS Track you can use the 'My matches' option to find courses. Our Clearing course list will become available for you to view closer to the time.


Contact universities directly to see if they can offer you a place

You can call us on our Clearing hotline on 02476 888 888 or chat to one of our advisors (when available). In most cases we can give you a decision there and then. This can be quite a stressful time and so we have prepared guidance on how to nail your clearing call.


Accept the offer that is right for you

When you receive an offer, you can accept it in UCAS Track. If you choose us you'll be sent a confirmation email with all the next steps you need to take. If you didn't apply through UCAS,  you can apply to us directly.

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