Why is everyone talking about Clearing?

So, you’ve finished your exams and you’re waiting for your results later this summer. Soon you’ll start hearing the word ‘Clearing’ being thrown around, if you haven’t already, so we thought we’d shed some light on what it means and why it might be important for you.

What does it mean?

Clearing is how unis and colleges fill places they still have on their courses. It’s an ideal way for you to find another course before September this year. Most universities will have Clearing information on their websites and will even have dedicated phone lines for you to call.

Who can go through Clearing?

If you didn’t get the results you were expecting you can apply for courses through Clearing.

You can also go through Clearing if you applied for a course after 30 June, didn’t receive any offers, or if you didn’t receive an offer for a course you wanted to accept. As soon as you receive your results you can get in touch with unis to find out if they have a place for you through Clearing. Clearing is a process run by UCAS so make sure you have all your application details before starting.

How does it work?

If you need to go through Clearing you can use the UCAS Track website to help you, this is where you’ll also find your Clearing number.

Use the search tool on the UCAS website to find a course that’s in Clearing and contact the university to see if they’ll accept you. If they will, follow the instructions on UCAS Track to make an application. It’s really important to receive confirmation from the university before you apply through UCAS.

What can I expect on results day for Clearing?

Many students go through Clearing each year and so university Clearing lines can get really busy. To help you prepare, make a note of Clearing telephone numbers you might need and have a clear idea of the courses you want to apply for.

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What should I do next?

Have a look through the UCAS Clearing website for more information and talk to your careers advisors, teachers or family about course choices you could make. Why not have a look a through more Clearing Tips on our website and call us if you need any more advice or guidance.

So, now you know!


Author: Maqbool Ahmad

Maqbool works with the Content Team at the University of Bradford and creates engaging content for many different audiences. Maqbool studied English at university and has unofficially changed his middle name to ‘Nandos’.

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