Clearing: last-minute places at university or college
If you don't get the grades you need for your firm or insurance choices, 'Clearing' gives you another
chance to secure a place at institutions with last-minute vacancies.
Your exam results
Clearing runs from mid-July until mid-September
UCAS supplies exam results to universities and colleges, so they can check whether you have
achieved the grades you needed.
If you’ve missed your grades by a small margin, you may still get your place confirmed by your first
choice university or college.
You may find you’ve been turned down by your first choice but accepted by your insurance choice.
If you’re not keen on taking up your insurance choice, you could consider withdrawing your
application and reapplying next year.
Discuss your choices with the people that know you best - your family, friends and teachers or
How Clearing works
If your first choice and insurance institutions turn you down, you can use 'Clearing' to find another
If you're eligible, you’ll see an ‘Add Clearing Choice’ button appear on your Track screen. If you’ve
not yet submitted a UCAS application, you will need to do so before you can enter Clearing.
Looking for a course through Clearing
From the day the A level results come out in August, course vacancies are advertised on the UCAS
website and in the national press.
After looking at vacancies, you should talk to the admissions staff at any universities and colleges
with places available on courses you’re interested in. You should also let them have your Clearing
Staff will be able to tell you whether they are prepared to offer you a place. If they are, and you
want to accept it, you should enter details of the institution and course on Track.
You can only enter details for one choice. If a university or college confirms your place in Clearing,
you are committed to taking up that place and you can't seek a place elsewhere.
However, if the university or college decides not to offer you a place in Clearing, the ‘Add Clearing
Choice’ button will re-appear on Track and you will be able to apply for another course.
Universities and colleges may have open days or offer other opportunities for you to visit, see the
facilities and meet the staff.
It's worth taking up these opportunities. You need to make sure you'll be happy to spend the next
few years of your life studying there.
If you accept a place through Clearing, you'll need to inform the people who are dealing with your
application for student finance. In most cases, this will mean getting in touch with Student Finance
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