How Clearing works

New to Clearing? We have put together a step-by-step guide to how it works. UCAS run Clearing from July to October to allow you to apply for a course if you aren’t already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places available.

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 don’t fall into one of the above categories, get in touch, and we’ll do our best to help find the course for you.



What are the key dates I need to know?


Monday 5 July

Clearing is now open for 2021 entry. You can contact us now to see if we can make you an offer.


Tuesday 10 August

A level results announced, and we open our Clearing Hotline. Once you receive your results, you’ll be able to access Clearing.



Can I contact you now?

Yes! You can speak to one of our team, and they can answer your questions about Clearing.

  • 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 – you can see what courses are available in the subjects you want to study. 



What is Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus allows you to see a list of courses that are ‘matched’ to you by UCAS if you are an unplaced applicant, based on your application and university requirements.


Your matched courses will show in UCAS Track, and if there’s a course that interests you, you can let the university know. If there are still places available and you meet the entry requirements, they might contact you directly to 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 are interested in joining us in September? Don’t worry! You can ‘self-release’ into Clearing, which declines your firm or insurance offers and allows you to apply to other courses. 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.



Have you received a verbal offer?

Find out what happens after you've been given a Clearing offer from our Admissions Team.

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