Clearing FAQs

Let us help you find the answer to any questions you might have with our frequently asked Clearing questions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At the University of Gloucestershire we come across lots of misconceptions about what Clearing is and who it’s for.

We’ve compiled this infographic and a list of frequently asked questions for Clearing to help you understand the process before you apply to university.

We also have advice and ​​​​​​​FAQs related to the coronavirus situation​ for those starting in 2020.​

What is UCAS Clearing?

Clearing is the process by which universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. For many students it’s a great way to find a course, perhaps because they didn’t get the grades they were hoping for, they’ve changed their plans or they have only recently decided to apply to university.

Who can apply through Clearing?

Many students are eligible to apply to university through Clearing. This may be because a student hasn’t received the grades they were hoping for on results day, or they have only recently decided to apply to university. All students who apply to university after 30 June will automatically be entered into the Clearing process by UCAS.

Does applying through Clearing affect my student loan?

It’s not too late to apply for student finance if you’re applying to university through Clearing. If you’ve previously applied to university before Clearing, you will need to update your student finance application to make sure that the details are correct. If you haven’t yet applied for student finance, it’s important to make your application as soon as possible to ensure you receive your student loan when you start your course. Contact our money advice team if you have any questions about your student finance application.

Can I still apply for accommodation during Clearing?

There are many accommodation options still available to you if you’re applying to university through Clearing, and our accommodation team are used to helping students who have applied through Clearing. View our Clearing accommodation information to find out more information about applying for accommodation during Clearing.​


Sophie Thorn
Graduate: Marketing, Advertising and Branding​

“I went into Clearing because I missed my grades on results day. I must admit, it wasn’t the most positive feeling but I had a very positive outcome. Deciding to study marketing here really was the best decision I've ever made, both professionally and personally. My degree really set me up for a successful career in a subject I’m really passionate about. The great industry placement I went on while at uni meant I was able to land a job at global marketing group, Havas, straight out of uni, and from there my marketing career has just gone up and up.”​​

​What are Clearing courses?

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. 

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When are Clearing places published?

A number of our undergraduate courses accept applications during Clearing, and these courses are published at the beginning of July each year. 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.

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How does Clearing work?

The Clearing service offered by UCAS allows universities and colleges to fill any places they still have on their courses. If you’re applying through Clearing, you’ll still need to register and make an application through UCAS as normal, but you won’t be able to add any course choices. Applying through UCAS will provide you with a Clearing Number, which enables you to submit applications for courses which are accepting applications during Clearing. Visit the UCAS website to find out more about how Clearing works.

When does Clearing start?

Clearing starts in July each year, so if you’re submitting an application after 30 June, you will be applying through the UCAS Clearing service. Clearing courses are usually published at the beginning of July.

When does Clearing close?

Clearing runs until the end of September, giving you plenty of time to apply for the course​ of your choice.

When is Clearing?

Clearing runs from July to September each year.

What does Clearing mean?

If you’ve heard someone mention ‘Clearing’, they’re probably referring to the process by which universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses between July and September each year. If you want to apply to study at university after 30 June, you can still apply through the UCAS Clearing service for a number of courses​.

What time does Clearing open?

The Clearing service provided by UCAS opens at the beginning of July each year, and our Clearing hotline is open Monday – Friday, 9am until 5pm.

Which universities have Clearing places?

Many universities and colleges accept applications for courses during Clearing, including the University of Gloucestershire. Visit the UCAS website to find out more about Clearing, or view our Clearing courses​​.​

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