Clearing made easy

How Clearing works

The Clearing process, which is operated by UCAS, is designed to help people find a university course that still has places available. From July to October you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

You can use 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 using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track.

What are the key dates I need to know?

Monday 6 July

Clearing opens for 2020 entry. If you know your results, you can contact us on this date to see if we can make you an offer.

Thursday 13 August

A level results announced. Coventry University Clearing Hotline opens

Monday 21 September

The final deadline for applications to 2020 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 6pm.


Can I contact you now?

Yes! You can speak to one of our team and they can answer your questions about Clearing, or even offer you a place if you know your results.


  • If you have all of your results, we could offer you a place now. You can contact us on 02476 888 888 or chat with us online.
  • If you are waiting for your results you can still talk to an advisor. You can chat to us online to ask questions about Clearing.


What can I study?

Our Clearing course list is available now – with a wide variety of courses open, across all 5 of our locations.


What is Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus is a new feature on UCAS Track. It allows you to see a list of courses that are ‘matched’ to you if you are an unplaced applicant, based on your application and what universities are looking for.

You can then say you're interested in a course, and the university will get your details and can contact you directly if they can offer you a place. If you already have a confirmed place, you can release yourself into Clearing to use Clearing Plus – see ‘Changed your mind?’ below.


Changed your mind?

Have you already made your decision in UCAS, but interested in joining us in September? Don’t worry! You can ‘self release’ into Clearing. Here’s our guide on how to self-release.


What is Adjustment?

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.

More advice

Starting September

Starting this September

Considering university? Find out why September could be a great time to join us.

Read our advice
clearing FAQs

Clearing FAQs

Questions? Here are some answers to the things we get asked most about Clearing.

Frequently Asked Questions
Parents guide to UCAS

Parents' guide to UCAS

Everything you need to know if you’re the parent of a student going through Clearing.

View our guide
A guide into Clearing


Changed your mind? Read our guide on self-releasing into Clearing.

How to self-release

Need more help?

General information and a “how to” video guide to Clearing is also available on the UCAS website.

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