UCAS Clearing

If you find that you don't have a university place, then you will be eligible for UCAS Clearing, a way of matching universities without students to students without universities.

Clearing for Beginners

Wondering how clearing works?

Read our easily digestable guide to the clearing process and a rundown of the dos and don'ts. 

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Real Life Experiences

What do students say about Clearing?

"It really is worth ringing round universities to see what else is on offer. Make a list of questions, compare your options and if you have time to look around then do so. Just because your friends are going and doing something doesn't mean you have to, it's OK to go out on a limb as long as you follow your dreams and are happy. Life goes on and unexpected results can open up a whole new world." Nakai, Newman University, Birmingham

After results day

Getting ready for university

Have you arranged accommodation and a bank account – things to do before you go.

Results and Clearing

The wait is over and you have your exam results...

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions relating to Clearing

  • A level results are published soon. Is there anything I should be doing now, prior to receiving my results?
  • What is the best way to check whether or not I have a place at university?
  • I've got the results I expected, and I've met the conditions laid down by my firm choice. Do I need to do anything on Results Day?
  • Who can use the UCAS Clearing Scheme?
  • I have heard about the UCAS Adjustment Period – what is this?

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