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The facts about Clearing

Clearing is a service that operates between mid-July and September.

You can take part in Clearing if you have already applied through UCAS and you are in one of the following categories.

  • You have not received any offers.
  • You have declined all your offers or not responded by the due date.
  • Your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions (eg you have not achieved the required grades).
  • You have declined a changed course, a changed date of entry and/or changed point of entry offer.
  • You applied for one course which has been declined/unsuccessful and you have paid the full application fee - £23 for 2013.
  • We receive your application after 30 June. If we receive your application after this date, we will not send it to any universities and colleges.

If you only made a single choice on your original application, you can pay a further £11 and apply to other universities and colleges through Clearing.

You can still complete an application until 20 September. If you apply after 30 June you will automatically be entered into Clearing so you should not fill in any choices on your application.

Course vacancies in Clearing are published on this site from mid-August until late-September.

Track your progress online

Check Track on our website to see if you're eligible to use Clearing. It is important that you check Track because we will not send you anything in the post to tell you if you are eligible. If you are eligible for Clearing an 'Add Clearing choice' button will appear on your Track 'choices' screen which you can use to apply for a course.

There is a process to applying through Clearing. Read through what you need to do to find out more.

Make sure that you're available to speak to universities and colleges

Treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself! Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out. During Clearing, you need to be available in person to deal with admissions tutors and to make decisions. It is important to plan your summer holidays so that you are at home when your exam results come out.

Your chosen university or college needs evidence of your exam results

We receive many exam results direct from the awarding organisations - the exam results page contains a list of qualifications that we receive. If your qualification is listed, you don't need to send your results to UCAS or the universities and colleges. If not, you are responsible for advising your chosen universities and colleges of results for all other qualifications.

  • Date published: 31st May 2013
  • Written by: UCAS

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