UCAS Clearing

You are eligible for Clearing if…

  • 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 (e.g. you have not got the required grades)
  • UCAS received your application after 30th June

Please note that:

  • All vacancies will be published on the UCAS website just after midnight the day of A-Level results day
  • It is possible that if you only just missed your grades by a few marks, your chosen university might still offer you a place, so contact them as soon as you can
  • Many leading universities offer well-respected courses through Clearing

Before the Day

  • Research alternative courses and universities with lower criteria before results day
  • Speak to staff at your school and find out what support they offer on the day, find out what time they open, who will be there, and if there will be anyone you can talk to

On the Day

  • Ensure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number to hand
  • Have a copy of your personal statement on you
  • Find out who has courses available on UCAS website or in the Telegraph newspaper
  • Call the institutions you are interested in and explain why you want to study their course (this is where the statement comes in handy)
  • Don’t be disheartened if a few universities reject you, and certainly don’t give up
  • UCAS won’t accept Clearing entries until 5pm so think about what you want to do, and don’t rush in!

What next?

  • Enter your Clearing choice (this is a formal and final acceptance)
  • If the course is still available then you will be notified, then a letter will be sent to you to confirm your place
  • If the places are full then you will be allowed to add another option, so wait until you have been accepted