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Clearing & Adjustment

If you’re applying through Clearing, find out what to do, and how to apply.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. 

From 5 July – 18 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June

  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)

  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers

  • you've paid the multiple choice application fee of £26.50

  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in your application

When does Clearing start and end?

Clearing is open from 5 July and closes on 18 October.

How do I apply using Clearing? 

  1. Ask for advice
    Talk to an advisor at Uniserv – they can talk you through alternative courses/subjects, and advise you of your options.

  2. See what courses are available
    Your counsellor at Uniserv will explain your course options:

    • consider different subjects – you don't have to stick with your original idea. You could also look at joint honours courses, so you can study a mix of subjects

    • keep checking – unis update their course information regularly. You might not find the exact unis/colleges/courses you were looking for – some might be full, but some might get vacancies later on

    • check the course details – how is it structured each year? What modules make up each year? What are the entry requirements?

  3. Your counsellor will reach out to any unis or colleges you're interested in
    Before your Clearing choice is added in your application, your counsellor willcall the uni and give them your Clearing number, and Personal ID, so they can look it up.

    • Your counsellor will ask if they'd accept you – they might reconsider you (maybe for the same course) even if you applied to them earlier in the year.

    • Uniserv will collect informal offers over the phone for you – from a variety of universities and colleges – then you can decide which one you want to accept.

    • You can also ask about accommodation options – is there any on-campus?

    • Your counsellor will guide you through the campus – to allow you to see what a university/college is like – they may also have virtual tours and open days that you can participate in

  4. Your Clearing choice can be added to your application
    Your counsellor will only add a Clearing choice once they have confirmation from the university or college.​

    • This counts as you definitely accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it'll show as an acceptance on your 'Choices' page in your application.

    • 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.

    • If the university/college confirms your place, your counsellor will assist in finding your student accommodation and then make sure you get everything ready to start your studies.