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If you’re considering using Clearing to find a university course that’s right for you, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re one of the few universities to release our Clearing courses and entry criteria early, so you have time to do some research and make plans for your future.

This Ultimate Clearing Guide will tell you everything you need to know about Clearing at Coventry University.

Clearing opens Friday, 5 July and closes on Thursday, 17 October.

Clearing Hotline

 +44 (0)24 7688 8888

What is Clearing?

Put simply, Clearing is a process that matches those who are looking for a university place for September 2024, with institutions that still have unfilled places.

If you’ve already applied for university, Clearing offers you the chance to change your mind and if you’ve not applied at all, you’ve still got time.

It is important to understand that university course spaces in Clearing constantly change, as places are released and filled.

You can only apply for one course at a time through Clearing.

Clearing dates 2024

30 June

UCAS main application closes

4 July

UCAS Extra closes

5 July

Clearing opens

15 August

A level results day (including BTEC)

Sign up to our Clearing alerts to see our available courses and entry criteria before most other universities, giving you plenty of time to make plans; you’ll also get top tips and guidance about the Clearing process and studying with us.


Who is Clearing for?

Clearing is for you if:

  • you’ve not yet applied to university for this September
  • you didn’t receive any offers for the courses you’ve applied for
  • your results mean you didn’t meet the conditions of your offer(s)
  • you don’t want to accept the offer(s) you’ve had
  • you’ve changed your mind about where or what you want to study.

Clearing is open to everyone, whether you’re a UK or international student, a school leaver or a mature student (i.e. over 21 and returning after a break from full-time education).

International applicants

If you’re applying to study a course from outside of the UK, there are some differences in when you can start applying and the documentation you need.

Find out more about Clearing for international students.

Clearing Guide for Parents

Going through University Clearing can be difficult for a child so being a parent equipped with all the information can help. Learn how to support your child through the Clearing process.


How to enter Clearing

There are only three ways you can enter Clearing:

  1. Automatic release: if you are registered with UCAS, have made your choices but don’t meet the entry requirements, you will automatically be moved into Clearing. Keep checking your status for the notification.
  2. Self-release: if you’ve changed your mind about where or what you want to study, you can self-release yourself into Clearing by declining your firm place. We recommend that you call us first and get a provisional offer before you decline the offer you already hold.
  3. Late application: If you’ve decided that the time is right and you want to apply to university for the first time, then Clearing is for you.

How to prepare for Clearing

Register with UCAS
You’ll need to make sure you’re registered with UCAS. Registration gives you your unique UCAS personal ID number – keep this handy because you’ll need it when you make your Clearing call!

Make a shortlist
Make a list of possible courses and universities you’re interested in. Write down their contact details in your priority order. This will also save you time on results day.

Work out your UCAS points
Use our Tariff Calculator to get the points total your grades give you.

Did you know? Coventry University makes their Clearing courses and entry criteria available from Friday, 5 July 2024. A lot of universities don’t release their courses until results day – no wonder people can get stressed out!
Sign up to our Clearing alerts to see our available courses and entry criteria early.


Consider entry requirements
Entry requirements can change during Clearing, so don’t rule out a course just because you don’t quite meet the entry requirements.

Don’t forget! A degree with foundation year might also suit your needs.
Get ahead of the game - explore our courses with a September 2024 start and their entry criteria.

Clear your diary
Clearing is a very competitive time of the year and it’s first come, first served.
Keep results day and the following days free so you don’t miss any opportunities.

Already got your results? You can apply through Clearing as soon as it opens on Friday, 5 July 2024. Coventry University’s Clearing team will be ready to take your calls, answer your questions and guide you every step of the way:  +44 (0)24 7688 8888


Don’t forget about student finance
Ensure you have your student finance sorted as soon as you possibly can.
You don’t have to wait until you receive an offer from a university before applying. When you’re filling out your finance form, put down your first-choice university and course. Once you have an offer, you can easily go back into your student loan account and correct the details.

Don’t forget about accommodation
Coventry University has guaranteed accommodation for all students who join us through Clearing, but it isn’t the same everywhere.

Get a feel for the place
Many universities offer Clearing Open Days where you can get a real feel for the vibe of the campus, the location and the people, above and beyond course content alone.


Your clearing call

Don’t panic and don’t rush - you’ve done your research and you’re ready to make the call:

 +44 (0)24 7688 8888

Our team will talk to you about what you hope to study and work with you to find the course for you.

You’ll need these things to hand:

  • your UCAS number
  • your Clearing number
  • the grades of your A Levels, SQAs or equivalent
  • your UCAS points (from the tariff calculator) and GCSE grades (if you didn't make the grade in a particular A Level subject, a strong GCSE grade might help).

Prepare to answer some questions

Universities want to know you’re serious about studying with them. They’re not looking to catch you out but expect them to ask questions such as:

  • what qualifications do you have and where did you study?
  • why are you interested in this course?
  • why are you interested in studying with us?

Your answers will help our Clearing team find the best options for you.

Friday, 5 July 2024 is when Clearing opens and our dedicated team are ready to take your call.

While GDPR regulations prevent our Clearing team from seeing your exam results directly, they're still here to help you.

Remember, we’ll need to speak to you on the day, not a friend or family member.

During the call

Clearing teams are there to support you in making the right decision, so stay confident and don’t be afraid to speak honestly. The call is your opportunity to show a university that you have the enthusiasm and passion to study with them, so share any relevant work experience alongside your qualifications.

Universities are likely dealing with hundreds of calls at any one time, so be prepared to wait a short while. If a line is engaged, don't waste time – move on to your next option and try again later.

After you receive a Clearing offer to study with us, you will receive an email with what steps you’ll need to take next, including any deadlines.


What happens after I get an offer through Clearing?

We will send you a provisional offer email straight after the call. Once you’re ready to accept, add us as a Clearing choice in your UCAS application. Click 'add Clearing choice' and fill in the course details.

  1. We'll confirm your offer via UCAS, and it will show as an acceptance on your 'Choices' page in your application.
  2. We will then send you a welcome email with all the information you need to start your journey with us. This will include your student ID number, which you will need to use when applying for accommodation.
  3. If you have already applied for student finance, you will need to update your course and university details through your online account.
  4. It is also worth checking if there are any scholarships or bursaries available to help you fund your education. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries for UK students or international scholarships, bursaries and discounts.

Some universities might give you a deadline for applying for your course, so be sure to make a note and apply in time, otherwise you’ll lose out.



Don't worry if your original plans haven't worked out, Clearing is a chance to find your perfect fit.

While time is important, there's no need to panic. Our Clearing team is here to help you explore the available courses that match your interests and aspirations.

Whether you’ve got a clear idea of where you want to be and what you want to study, or you’re keen to explore your options – we’re here to help.

Call our Clearing hotline:

 +44 (0)24 7688 8888

Good luck and we hope to see you on campus soon!

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