What is Clearing Plus?

Ben Maples  · Apr 11th 2024  · 3 min

Clearing Plus is a new system developed by UCAS to find more personalised courses for students. Developed as an extension of the Clearing system, Clearing Plus goes beyond simply matching available course vacancies with applicants.


Clearing Plus leverages advanced technology and data analysis to offer personalised recommendations and guidance. Clearing Plus aims to show students a wider range of possibilities and give them an insight into the courses they may have overlooked.

UCAS Clearing Track

What is Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus is a tool that provides students with personalised courses based on their course choices. Clearing Plus is specifically for students who have not been placed on a course and are still actively looking.

UCAS will find options for you. Your previous course choices are taken and then cross-referenced with similar courses that are still available in the Clearing process and then suggested to you.

You don’t have to use Clearing Plus if you don’t want to.

You can see if you are eligible through your UCAS Hub. A “see matches” button will appear in your Hub if you are eligible. If you find one you like the look of, you can tell the university that you are interested and the university will take things from there. This does not necessarily guarantee that you will hear back from that university.

What is the difference between Clearing and Clearing Plus?

Clearing is the process of finding a different course for your firm and insurance choices. Clearing is an overall process that mainly focuses on finding you a new university if you achieved worse grades than you were expecting or if you achieved better grades than you were expecting.

Clearing Plus is different. This is an effective tool that is only available for students that are actually in Clearing. You cannot use Clearing Plus outside of Clearing.

UCAS Clearing tool

How much does Clearing Plus cost?

UCAS Clearing Plus is completely free! If you paid the original reduced fee of £22.50 for your course, you'll have to pay an additional £4.50 to apply through Clearing, but Clearing Plus itself is totally free to use.

How does Clearing Plus work?

Clearing Plus is only available for students going through Clearing, you cannot use it otherwise. Specifically, you must have received your final grades for either your A-Levels, BTEC or A-Levels.

Clearing Plus is a tool that provides students with personalised courses based on their course choices.

The UCAS Clearing process is:

  • UCAS looks at the original choices you applied for.
  • These are then cross-referenced with the courses that universities and colleges have said they are happy to be entered into Clearing Plus.
  • This is then further cross-referenced with data on what students in Clearing studied in previous years.
  • Your profile is then matched to a course.
  • You can then see these results by clicking the “see matches” button.

Courses in Clearing do tend to go pretty quickly. So you will need to be quick with your Clearing choices and there is not always a guarantee that you will hear back from the university.

UCAS Track Clearing

Do I have to use Clearing Plus?

You don’t have to use Clearing Plus if you don’t want to. Plenty of students have been able to use Clearing without using Clearing Plus.

UCAS does not always recommend using Clearing Plus, owing to how quickly spots are taken. Clearing Plus is an effective tool to use. However, it can be a time-consuming one that does not always yield good results for students who are on a short deadline.

UCAS Clearing Plus, as a service, is completely free.

Who can use Clearing Plus?

Anyone who is in Clearing can use Clearing Plus. You cannot use Clearing Plus if you have not entered into Clearing.

When can I use Clearing Plus? Clearing can be used as soon as Clearing opens. This year, Clearing opens on Wednesday, the 5th of July, 2023.

You do not have to wait until results day to use Clearing Plus. Some courses may not initially be open at that point, but you can at least begin the process of looking for courses.

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