Did you know Clearing remains open until 23rd October?

So you’re ready to progress onto higher education, but haven’t received the grades you hoped for and you think you've 'missed the boat’? Don’t worry – it might not be too late!

In fact, Clearing remains open until the 23rd October and last year 64,800 students secured a university or college place through clearing…so, you’re not alone. Remember: universities and colleges need you too...

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Clearing remains open until the 23rd October!

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a second chance to find a similar course at the same institutions you originally applied to, or somewhere new. This year Clearing remains open until 23rd October.

You are eligible to enter Clearing if:

• You haven’t met the conditions of your offers and so haven’t been offered any places

• You haven’t been made any offers at all and didn’t go through UCAS Extra

• You’ve declined your offers and want to go somewhere else.

If you’re unsure whether Clearing is for you, visit the UCAS website and login to your account. Once Clearing is open, your UCAS Track status will say ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.

It’s your call

To make an application through clearing, you have to make a telephone call. Most universities and colleges have a dedicated hotline number for you to call with a team of friendly advisers to help you. It’s totally normal to be nervous, so preparation is key.

When does clearing open?

Clearing officially opened on Thursday 5th July but not all clearing courses will be advertised then.

Most will be advertised around A-level results day on Thursday 16th August.

When does clearing close?

Clearing officially closed on Thursday 20th September, but most vacancies will be filled before this date. Some universities or colleges may offer places as late as October (at their discretion), so it’s always best to check with their Admissions team.

When do I register for Clearing?

You can register any time up until the last day of Clearing (see above).

Can BTEC or IB students apply through clearing?

Yes, in fact some BTEC and IB results are released in July (before A-level results day) so you can enjoy a head start. If you don’t see something straight away, keep checking UCAS Track as most vacancies are published around A-level results day.

I’ve just missed out on my predicted grades, what can I do?

If you came really close to receiving your predicted grades, you may have a shot with your original selection. Call up your firm university choice (and your insurance choice if you’ve missed the requirements for both) to see if there’s any wiggle room. You may have to explain your reasons for missing the mark, but you’ve nothing to lose by trying.

I haven’t made any UCAS application before. Can I still apply for university or college this year?

Yes, it’s not too late! Create a new profile through UCAS and you will be placed straight into clearing.

I missed the January deadline. Can I still apply for higher education?

Yes - if you are applying after Saturday 30th June, you will be fast-tracked directly into clearing.

I missed the January deadline. Can I still apply for higher education?

Yes - if you are applying after Saturday 30th June, you will be fast-tracked directly into clearing.

I haven’t made any UCAS application before. Can I still apply for university or college this year?

Yes, it’s not too late! Create a new profile through UCAS and you will be placed straight into clearing.

Can I defer my offer if I’m accepted onto a course through clearing?

Most universities/colleges offer clearing vacancies for this academic year. If you don’t want to enrol this September, you will need to contact their admissions department and discuss your options. They may ask you to withdraw your offer and apply again next year.

I applied for student finance before going through clearing. What do I do?

Now that you’ve selected a choice through clearing you will need to change your application details with Student Finance England. Visit gov.uk/student finance or your loan provider to quickly update your details.

If I have not applied for student finance yet, what do I do?

You will have missed the official student finance deadline, so your loan may not arrive in timefor the start of your course. Don’t worry, just start your application as soon as possible so that Student Finance England can begin processing your details.

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Good Luck!

For more details about the clearing process, including a guide on to how to make the application phone call (which can often be daunting) visit our website to download a copy of our Clearing Handbook: nextstepssw.ac.uk/resources

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