Clearing: What you need to know

Tuesday 30 June 2020, UCAS advice


Clearing: What you need to know

What is Clearing?
Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS Undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers. Running from 5 July to mid-September, 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
Last year, thousands of places were available through Clearing, such as English and law, with over 73,320 applicants obtaining places.

Courses in Clearing aren’t just the ones nobody wants – there are many reasons why courses are still available. It’s an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions, or had a last minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study.

How do you use Clearing?
Well, the first place to start is to search for vacancies in our search tool

After you’ve found the course you’re interested in, give the uni a call to make sure you meet the entry requirements and they still have vacancies. If they offer you a place and you want to accept it, add the Clearing choice in Track. When you sign in, if you’re eligible for Clearing, in the ‘Next Steps’ section you’ll be given an option to ‘Add a Clearing choice.’

You can apply for one choice at a time through Clearing. Once a choice has been selected, you cannot add another, unless you’ve been unsuccessful with the first one. If you want to apply elsewhere once you’ve added a choice, then you need to ask that uni to cancel your place so you’re able to apply again through Clearing.

If you only applied for one choice in your original application you’ll need to pay an additional £5 to go through Clearing.

Have any questions about Clearing? Check out our Clearing FAQs or get in touch with our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also check out our video guides to Clearing.