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How to use Clearing on UCAS

Clearing is a process that allows students to view which courses have places remaining after A Level results day. Students can use Clearing if they have applied for university/on UCAS after June 30th didn’t receive any offers (or any that you wanted to accept) or didn’t meet the conditions of your offers (which most likely will be grades or tariff points, though make sure that you have all the right UCAS points, double and triple-check your UCAS points calculator, that you’ve got them right.

Clearing is how colleges and universities fill any remaining spaces they have on their courses, and it’s great for students to find another course. It opens in July and closes in September. Students can use Clearing from results day when vacancies are listed.

If you haven’t applied yet

Students need to register and make an application. If they haven’t got an application that they completed earlier in the academic year, then you will have to make one now. During Clearing, students need to complete their application per normal and include your personal statement, but they can’t add course choices. Students then submit the application and receive access to the Track service where students can find their Clearing Number. You’ll basically need everything that appears on your UCAS Application.

How do I know I am in Clearing?

On students UCAS Track page, the status will say ‘You are in Clearing’ or maybe ‘Clearing has started’. If your Track status doesn’t say either of those things yet wait a short while for your results to update. If students only paid the one-course fee, they will have to pay an additional sum to enable them to apply for multiple courses.

Ask for advice

Talk to the people around you, who know you well during this difficult time. This could include an adviser at your school, a teacher at your college or school or your family and friends. Discuss alternative subjects or courses or even universities entirely to get an idea of what you want to do now.

Check vacancies

Search online for the vacancies and during this consider different subjects, or joint degrees – like Japanese and Film studies – because you don’t have to only look for subjects that match your original application. Some courses can be full while others can receive vacancies later on (with students going through Clearing and Adjustment like you are now) so keep checking back.

Pick up the phone – to your first university choice

When you speak to the advisor or staff member in the admissions department give them your Clearing number (which can be found on the welcome and choices page in UCAS Track), your personal ID number which will then let them see your application online. Ask the admissions department if they can accept you- you never know, if you make a decent enough case they might still accept you even though you didn’t quite get the grades. If you’re not familiar with any of the jargon used, be sure to check out our University Terms Glossary.

Talk to other universities

Students can receive informal offers over the phone – from a range of colleges and universities – and then decided which one they want to accept. Students should look around for other vacancies or if they live close to the university even go there for a tour of the campus!

Add your Clearing Choice to your UCAS Track

Students should only add a Clearing choice when they have had confirmation from that university or college that they’re offering them a place. Once that is confirmed, students can click ‘add Clearing choice’ and then fill in the course details. This should be done by the date that the university/college gave the student on the phone. Once you have added the clearing choice, this actually counts as you definitely accepting the offer so if they confirm then UCAS will send students a confirmation letter.

One choice at a time

Students can only add one choice at a time, but if the institution doesn’t confirm your place, then students can add another choice.