More than 50,000 students find their places through Clearing every year.

Three simple way to find your Clearing place

We know that finding out you don’t have a place at university or college or deciding to apply late can be stressful.

But you’re not alone and you’re not out of options. More than 50,000 students find their places through Clearing every year, and plenty more choose apprenticeships, internships, gap years, or employment too. This year won’t be any different.

Let’s start with university and college. We can help you secure a place in three simple steps:

1: From 5 July, check our listings of available courses.

Almost every university participates in Clearing. There are still thousands of courses to choose from.

2: Contact your new choices directly.

Get in touch with the university or college directly to see if they will accept you for the course you’re interested in.

3: Add your Clearing choice in your application.

Once you have an offer, add it in your application so the university or college can officially accept you. Congratulations, you’re in!

TIP – Need some inspiration? If you’ve already applied and find yourself in Clearing, you can sign in to your application to see courses you’ve been matched to and might like. 

For more information, read our guide to Clearing.

Need more information before you start?

Making another set of new choices can be overwhelming, exciting, and confusing all at once. The most important thing is that you don’t make snap decisions. 

Take your time, there are plenty of options left, and lots of people on hand to offer advice. 

Exam Results Helpline

For students in England

From Thursday 18 August until Friday 2 September, you can call the Exam Results Helpline for free one-to-one support from a careers adviser. 

Ask all of your questions and get advice on qualifications, appeals, gap years, moving away, vocational learning routes, employment, and much more.

Just call 0800 100 900 at the following times (all UK times):

  • 08:00 – 20:00 Monday to Friday 
  • 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday 

Exam Results Helpline Scotland

For students in Scotland receiving their National, Higher, and Advanced Higher results from SQA

From Tuesday 9 August, you can call the Results Helpline for one-to-one support from a careers adviser on your next steps. 

Ask about Confirmation and Clearing, uni and college courses, apprenticeships, jobs, and other options. 

Just call 0808 100 8000 at the following times:

  • 08:00 – 20:00 Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 August 
  • 09:00 – 17:00 Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August
  • 09:00 – 17:00 Monday 15 and Wednesday 17 August 

What if I don’t want to go to university or college any more?

Whether you had your heart set on a place you didn’t get, or you’ve changed your mind since you applied, university isn’t right for everybody. There are lots of other ways to gain experience, qualifications, and find the right career for you.


Do you like the idea of working, earning, and learning at the same time?

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to start work immediately while still training towards your qualifications.

More on apprenticeships


Do you want experience of a job before committing to it long-term?

Internships are short bursts of work experience that allow you to better understand a job, profession, or sector.

More on internships

Gap years

Do you want a break from education and time to consider your options?

Gap years give you the opportunity to build real life skills and experiences whilest deciding on your future.

More on gap years


If you decide you want to go straight into work, we can also help you find the perfect career.

If you have any questions about your application or your plans for the future, you can contact us directly. We’ll get you to the right person to discuss your application and choices. 

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