How to apply for a place through Clearing


1. Don’t panic

We have courses available for this September through Clearing. Our team of trained staff will be able to assist you on the Helpline and give you up to date information about the courses available.

2. Find out if you are eligible for Clearing

You may not have got the grades or points score that you needed, but your firm or insurance choice university may still decide to accept you onto the course. Contact them first and do not just assume that you are in Clearing.

If they decide not to accept you, or if you are not holding offers at any institution, you are eligible to apply for a place through Clearing. Applicants making applications after 30th June are automatically entered into Clearing and are also eligible.

UCAS will notify you that you are eligible for Clearing through Track by adding an ‘Add a Clearing Choice’ button and a Clearing Number which starts with a C. Please have that number to hand when calling our Helpline.

If you are in Clearing, you must contact universities directly to enquire about available places on their courses and whether or not you meet their requirements.

We still have places available for courses starting this September so apply online now for a place through Clearing, or call our helpline on 0800 085 1818.

3. Be prepared

Have your UCAS application number, Clearing number, course codes, your A Level results and relevant GCSE results to hand as the staff on the Helpline will ask for these. We will also need your contact details and e-mail address in order to send you your Clearing offer in writing.

4. Call our Helpline - 0800 085 1818

Once through to our Helpline, trained staff will ask for your examination results and will be able to tell you whether or not spaces are available on the course you are interested in.

If you meet our requirements, you will be made a verbal offer over the phone and Helpline staff will take your details.

5. Accepting our offer

After making you an offer over the phone, we will email you a written offer and you have to accept the offer through Track on the UCAS website by the date stated in the email.

You can only accept one Clearing offer and you must speak to the University first to receive a verbal offer before filling in the details on Track.

6. Ask questions

After speaking to our Helpline staff, ask to be put through to the relevant department to discuss the course and make notes whilst you speak to them so that you have something to look back on after the call. Write down contact names and numbers in case you need to call back.

Also ask for a prospectus and any subject leaflets to be sent to you. After looking at the course information, make a list of questions you would like to ask the staff and students to gain an insight into the University.

Ring the University to have your questions answered, or come and see the place for yourself on a Clearing Visit Day.

Once you have accepted your place, you can:

7. And finally...

You are not alone - last year, just under 60,000 people secured a place through Clearing, which means that over a tenth of all university acceptances were found through Clearing.

Clearing is a route to university that many people take and find places available on excellent courses and go on to graduate with a good degree. Many of our students accepted through Clearing can’t imagine ever going anywhere else, read their stories here.