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What is Clearing, and how does it work?

Your Comprehensive Guide to Clearing in 2024: Tips and Tricks to Help You Succeed!

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a process used by many universities in the UK to fill up any remaining spots on their courses. It offers a second chance for applicants who either did not receive any offers, did not meet the conditions of their offers, or decided to apply to university after the main UCAS application deadline.

Through Clearing, universities can ensure that their courses are fully subscribed, while students who might have missed out can still find a place.

It is important to note that not all universities offer Clearing options.

The UCAS website is the best place for all your Clearing needs – if you need to learn more, or have any questions, check out their site here!

Why Choose Clearing?

Clearing can be a lifeline for several reasons:

  • Missed Results: If you didn’t get the exam results you needed, Clearing gives you another opportunity to find a suitable course.

  • Late Applications: If you decided to apply to university after the June 30th UCAS deadline, Clearing is your route to securing a place. Check out some more key dates for your calendar here!

  • Changed Plans: Maybe you’ve had a change of heart about the course you initially applied for, or you didn’t receive offers you wanted to accept. This process allows you to explore new options.

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible for Clearing if:

  • You’re applying for UCAS after June 30th.


  • You did not receive any offers, or none that you wanted to accept.


  • You did not meet the conditions of your offers.

If any of these situations apply, Clearing may be the right option for you.

If you’re still unsure whether you’re eligible for Clearing, consult the UCAS website to find out more information.

How Do I Use Clearing?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to navigating the process:

  1. Create or Log Into Your UCAS Account: Ensure your details are up-to-date and that you can easily access your account.
  2. Search for Available Courses: Use the UCAS search tool to find courses with available spots. Keep an open mind and consider a range of options.
  3. Contact Universities Directly: Once you’ve found courses you’re interested in, reach out to the universities directly. For tips on what to say, check out the UCAS guide on calling universities.
  4. Get Permission: If a university is interested, they’ll give you permission to add their course to your UCAS application.
  5. Add the Course in UCAS Track: Log back into UCAS Track and add this course to your application.

When Does Clearing Open?

Clearing for 2024 opens on July 5th.

Clearing will remain open until October 21st 2024, or when all available spots on courses have been taken.

If you have a desired course in mind, it’s crucial to act quickly – spaces can fill up very fast, and once the deadline has passed, you may have no choice but to consider alternative options to university, or wait until next year.

Some universities may have their own internal deadlines – when in doubt, it’s always best to check the relevant websites directly.

Tips for a Successful Experience:

  • Prepare in Advance: Start researching courses and universities as soon as possible. Have a list of courses ready.
  • Stay Calm and Positive: It’s easy to feel stressed, but remember that Clearing is a great opportunity. Keep a positive mindset and stay focused.
  • Be Flexible: You might not get your first choice, so be open to different courses and universities when choosing your options.
  • Have Your Information Ready: When you contact universities, have all your details and qualifications on hand. Being organised can make the process smoother.
  • Seek Advice: Talk to teachers, career advisors, or university admissions officers. They can provide valuable guidance and support.

Now you know!

Clearing offers a fantastic chance to secure your university place, even if your initial plans didn’t work out. By staying informed, prepared and positive, you can make the most of this opportunity and find a course that’s right for you – Good Luck!

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