If you still haven’t got a place at university following the application deadline on June 30, or if you miss your grades on Results Day, don’t panic.
UCAS Clearing gives prospective students the chance to find places on university courses that still have vacancies.
What is Clearing?
UCAS’ Clearing process lets you apply for courses that still have places available. This is for those who have not received any offers, rejected all their offers, or missed the conditions of their offers.
Who can use it?
You can use Clearing if your Track status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.
If your status has not been updated, your application might still be under consideration by your university, even if you have missed your grades. It’s worth ringing them to see what your current status is, so you know what steps to take next.
You are also eligible to go through Clearing if you withdraw your application to your firm and/ or insurance choices, although you should consult with your teachers or advisors before doing so.
When is it?
Clearing officially opens on July 5th, 2016 and stays open until late September.
How do I apply?
Once you’ve made a shortlist of which courses you’re interested in, you should call up the individual universities.
Make sure you have your Clearing number and your Personal ID number at the ready. Write your GCSE and A-Level grades down, as you may forget them in the moment.
What happens when I call?
On the phone, you’ll most likely speak first to a member of the Clearing helpline team, who will talk to you about your results and the course you want to take.
They will then pass you onto the course administrator if you meet the requirements.
This will essentially be a mini-interview: you need to sell yourself and explain why you want to do the course, so make sure you do your research beforehand.
The course administrator may make you a verbal offer – this usually stands for 24 hours.
What should I do when I have my offer?
Once you have the offer you want you should add your Clearing choice on Track.
This is only possible from 3pm on Results Day, so you will have time to think about it. You are only able to add one course, unless that university does not confirm your offer.