Thinking about UCS Clearing? You've got questions, we've got answers.
UCAS Clearing 2021 has now closed, but you can still discover the range of courses we have available.
If you’ve heard someone mention ‘Clearing’ they are referring to the process by which universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses between July and September each year.
Clearing courses are the undergraduate courses that are accepting Clearing applications. Not all of the undergraduate courses we offer are open during Clearing, so it’s important to check that the course you want to apply for is still accepting applications.
The UCAS Clearing courses list will show the courses that have places and are available for you to apply for once you have your exam results. For many students, applying for Clearing courses is a great way to secure a university place, perhaps because you may not have the grades you were hoping for or have only just decided to apply to university.
From early July to October, you can apply for a UCAS Clearing course if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places. You will need your exam results to go through Clearing. If you are studying A levels then you will not be able to apply for any Clearing courses until mid-August. If you’re ready to apply for university before Clearing opens, you may be able to submit a late application for your chosen course, or apply through UCAS Extra.
Many students will be eligible to apply for our Clearing courses. This may be because you haven’t achieved the grades you were hoping for or you have only recently decided to apply to university. If you apply after 30 June you will automatically be entered into the Clearing process by UCAS.
Finding Clearing courses can be a stressful time so it’s important you prepare yourself for all eventualities. Demand for the most popular courses can be high, so make sure you are available on the date that Clearing courses are announced. Make a list of the courses that interest you and do your research in case you need to have a telephone interview. Prepare questions and try to demonstrate your enthusiasm when speaking to course leaders.
If you’re applying for any Clearing courses, you’ll still need to register and make an application through UCAS as normal. If you’re not holding any offers from other universities, UCAS will provide you with a Clearing Number, which enables you to apply for Clearing courses. Once Clearing is open you can call our Clearing hotline which is open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm or speak to us using our live chat service on our website.
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