At University with a Disability

Applying to University through Clearing

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a process that exists for students who did not secure a spot at the universities they have already applied it and runs in the summer once students know whether they did or didn’t get a potential place at their chosen universities. 

You’ll be eligible for Clearing if:

  • You apply after 30 June
  • You are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
  • Your place is not confirmed after exam results are published

Courses through Clearing are not just the subjects no one picked. They may be available for various reasons: a sudden decision by the original applicants to defer entry, a last-minute change of course, not meeting requirements. So you have a chance to find a spot perfect for you.

Using Clearing

On the UCAS website, you can search for vacancies using their search tool. Once you found a course you are interested in, you can call the university to see if they can offer you a spot. If they can, you can add the choice to Track. However, you can only apply for one clearing spot at a time. If you find a spot you like more but already added one on track then call the original university up and let them know.

If you only applied to one university before clearing, bear in mind there will be an £11 charge.

Clearing doesn’t mean you failed. It is alright to go through Clearing. Don’t feel disheartened.


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