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 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.