What is Clearing?

Clearing is a system that matches university applicants who haven’t had an offer with institutions that still have unfilled places.

The thought of going through it can be scary, as it means you didn’t get into the unis you applied for. But Clearing can sometimes be a blessing in disguise, matching you with universities you hadn’t considered and leading you to an equally exciting path. Some of our coaches went through Clearing – here’s what they had to say!

In this short film, our coaches talk about how Clearing works and what it was like for them.

Think you might need to go through Clearing?

  • Clearing often starts in July and carries on through October
  • You can use Clearing if:
    • you’re applying to university after 30 June
    • you didn’t receive any offers or don’t want to accept the offers you’ve received
    • you had a conditional offer and didn’t get the grades you needed
  • If you are in Clearing, your UCAS Track status will be automatically updated to say: “You are in Clearing” or “Clearing has started”
  • You can search available places on the UCAS website
  • Once you found one you’re interested in, give them a call and see if they can give you an offer
  • If you get an offer, you can add your choice to UCAS Track. Bear in mind doing that means you have accepted that offer, so if you decide you want to go somewhere else you will have to ask that university to cancel your offer, and apply to another uni via Clearing
  • There are lots of different reasons why a university might have places available via Clearing, so don’t assume they’re courses or unis nobody wants to attend!
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