Clearing information for applicants – if you have no offers

There are many options available if you have no offers.

Clearing is one option – it gives you a chance to see which courses have places remaining.

You might have no offers if:

  • you applied after 30 June
  • you didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • your exam results weren't as expected, and you didn't meet the conditions of your offers

Alternatively you could look at something different, like a gap year or employment.

Scroll down to find out more.

Clearing how-to video

Watch this video to find out Clearing works.

See how Clearing works

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Use our Clearing service to find alternative courses

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course.

  • It's available July-September each year.
  • If you already have your exam results, but you have no offers, you can use Clearing from July.
  • If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn't go to plan, you can use Clearing from results day, when a specific Clearing vacancy search will be available.

If your exam results are reasonable and you're flexible on subject/location, there's still a good chance you'll find another course.

How Clearing works

The idea is you identify courses (with vacancies) that interest you and contact the course providers directly to see if they will offer you a place. You'll know you're in Clearing if your Track status says 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'.

  • If your Track doesn't say either of these yet, it might just be waiting for your results to update – get in touch with the universities/colleges if it's taking a while – they might still be considering you, even if your results are a bit lower than required.
  • If you originally only applied for one course (for the reduced fee of £12) you'll have to pay an additional £11 to enable you to apply for multiple courses.

1. Ask for advice

  • Talk to an adviser at your school, college, centre or careers office – they can talk you through alternative courses/subjects.

 

2. See what courses are available

  • We have the official vacancy list online, and The Telegraph newspaper shows them too.
  • Consider different subjects – you don't have to stick with your original ideas.
  • The online list is updated continually – you might not find the exact unis/colleges/courses you're looking for – some might be full, but some might get vacancies later on, so keep checking back.

 

3. Talk to any unis or colleges you're interested in

  • Give them your Clearing number (located on the welcome and choices pages in Track), and your Personal ID number which will let them see your application online.
  • Ask if they'd accept you –  they might reconsider you (maybe even for the same course) even if you applied to them earlier in the year.
  • Get informal offers over the phone – maybe from a variety of universities and colleges – then decide which you want to accept.
  • Take a look around – if you have time it's the best way to see what a university/college is like – most will be happy to meet you and show you around.

 

4. Add a Clearing course in Track

  • Click Add clearing choice and fill in the course details by the date the university/college gave you on the phone.
  • This counts as you definitely accepting the offer, so if they confirm it'll show as an acceptance on the choices page of Track and you can view and print your confirmation letter from the letters section of Track. Please only add a Clearing choice once you've had confirmation from the university that they're happy to offer you a place.
  • You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn't confirm your place you'll be able to add another.