UCAS Clearing is for students who are unable to secure an offer from a UK university because:
Clearing is how UK universities fill vacancies on undergraduate degrees which begin in September, the start of the new academic year. Clearing begins each year in July and lasts until September.
Clearing is the opportunity to find a place on another UK university course if you don't have a confirmed place or chose to decline a place. If you are eligible:
Clearing begins in July each year.
It is important to remember that not all UK universities take part in Clearing, and not every type of course or subject has places available.
Elite universities in the UK such as University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and University of St Andrews will not have any available spaces for students because they are already oversubscribed. Similarly, competitive subjects such as Medicine rarely have any spots left at this time of year due to demand.
Clearing is how UK universities fill up the available space on programmes beginning from September that year. There is generally room available on almost all subjects and course types, but better programmes will fill up fast.
A-Level results day and beginning the Clearing process can be extremely stressful, so make sure you begin your research on other possible outcomes before the big day arrives. Being prepared for all possible eventualities will help you make decisions with a clearer head once the Clearing process begins.
There are lots of available courses, so it’s a good idea to have a shortlist of courses and universities you’d like to apply to.
Many UK universities will consider applicants who have achieved slightly lower grades than standard entry requirements during Clearing, while pathway and foundation courses are also options for students who are looking to enrol at a specific university. Universities do this because:
Depending on the course, country specific qualifications will also be considered.
If you surpassed the grades you were expected to receive on results day, then you can also enter Clearing to look for a better university or course which suits you more.
Most typically, clearing is used by students who applied after the final deadline, students whose exam results fell short of their conditional offer, students who received no offers, or chose not to accept any offers and students who accepted an offer but changed their mind about the course they want to study.
Clearing services are available from July to October each year. Important dates include:
Educational consultants such as SI-UK offer free counselling on the application process during Clearing.
Application during Clearing will depend on the university you are applying to. If you are using educational consultants to help you with application, you will get an estimate on how long you have to wait.
Due to high demand and competitve entry requirements, Medicine programmes are not available during the Clearing process.
Yes. If you haven’t applied yet, there is still time to submit your application between July and October.
Yes If you haven’t received any offers yet, there is still time to submit your application between July and October.
Yes, If you changed your mind and don’t want to go ahead with the offer you received, there is still time to submit your application between July and October.
Prepare yourself before the call by checking the internet connection, choose a quiet room to limit any distractions, and prepare a notepad or laptop to make notes of the call.
Here are a few of the popular questions universities can ask in clearing.
Why do you want to take this course?
You can only apply for one course at a time through Clearing.
SI-UK London can assist students in finding available courses at UK universities from July onwards. Arrange a free consultation to get started.
Your personal consultant will go through the Clearing list with you, discussing subject options and university locations.
Once we have established which courses and universities you are interested in, your consultant will contact institutions on your behalf to find out if they are interested in accepting you as a student.
After we have contacted universities on your behalf, you may be informally offered a place at a number of institutions. If you are unfamiliar with the university, research the institution, area and accommodation options.
If you decide to accept an offer, you will need to enter your Clearing choice through UCAS. You can only enter one Clearing choice at a time, but if the university doesn't confirm your place you can add another.
My consultant was very helpful and motivating. She helped me every step of the way, even when the deadline was so close. I feel I could not have done it without her. I'd highly recommend this service to any and all of my many friends interested.
Brishti Basu Biosciences at Coventry University