How does the clearing process work and when can I apply?

How can clearing help me secure a course at university or college and when can I apply?

What is clearing?

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

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You can apply for a course using Clearing if:

Pupils can turn to the clearing system if their A-Level results are not as expected.

*you’re applying after 30 June

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

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*you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers

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

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

When do applications open?

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Applications opened on 5 July and you have until 18 October to apply for a course through clearing.

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How to find courses

You can use the search tool button to filter universities and colleges and subjects to find the course you’re looking for. Visit https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch to see what course are available.

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Things to consider

*Keeping checking as universities and colleges update their course information regularly.

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*Consider studying a different subject to originally planned.

*Check course details to see what modules you’d be studying and how long the course is.

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*Speak with colleges/universities first about a course you’re interested in

*Ask about accommodation options if you need to move away to attend your course

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*Visit the campus to see what the college/university is like.

*Check you have the correct entry requirements to enrol on the course.

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*Only add a Clearing choice once you have permission from the university or college.