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What Is Clearing?


What is Clearing?


Confused about Clearing?


Don’t worry if you’re confused by Clearing – a system offered by the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, or ‘UCAS’, as it’s more commonly known!

In simple terms, Clearing gives you the chance to change your course or university before the proposed deadline.

If you’re unsatisfied with your results, Clearing is your second chance. With the help of this service, you can call up prospective universities and apply for a course that suits your preferences for entry in 2020.


Are you eligible for Clearing?


If the following scenarios apply to you, you will be eligible to apply for your chosen course through Clearing from July 6 to October 20, 2020.

You will be eligible if:

  • Your exams didn’t go as well as expected and you haven’t been accepted by your current university choices.
  • You didn’t meet the conditions of the offers you received.
  • You didn’t receive any offers for a course from a university.
  • You want a place at a university but haven’t yet applied.
  • You rejected an offer because you changed your mind about your chosen course or location.

Clearing tips

If the above scenarios apply and you’re ready to take the next step into Clearing, here are a few quick tips to prepare you for the process:

  1. Seek face-to-face advice

Before diving straight into the pool of Clearing candidates, seek face-to-face advice from your school, college or career advisor.

After talking your options through with an advisor you’ll be able to make a much more informed decision.

  1. Revaluate your course choice

This is the best time to revaluate your specified course. It’s completely fine to consider other subjects and rethink your final decision.  For inspiration, check out our Course Finder – a tool that allows you to browse the vast range of potential courses.

  1. Track your Clearing choices

Once you have confirmation from the university or college you wish to attend, remember to track your choices through the online UCAS Track system. Simply click ‘add Clearing choice’ and fill in the course details, sticking to the deadline the university/college told you on the phone.

  1. Reach out to universities

Familiarising yourself with the universities and courses already out there could work in your favour.

Even if you have a university in mind, or already have offers from universities but are interested in others, you can still partake in tours of other campuses or enquire about courses through their social media channels or websites.

  1. Get ready for Results Day!

Fast approaching, A-level Results Day is set for August 15, 2020. SQA results in Scotland this year will fall on August 6.

Make sure you’ve organised your documents before you make any calls and that you’re prepared for a mini-admissions interview over the phone. Now, you can also start arranging open days visits before and even during clearing, especially if you’re still unsure of where you want to go.

Simply book a visit to our campus through this page and get a feel for the courses that interest you most!

  1. Don’t panic!

This is perhaps the most important tip of all...

Clearing may seem like a scary concept at first, but it’s something thousands of students have experienced before.

A familiar path for many, Clearing guides you towards a suitable university and grants you a second chance to progress with your results. If you’re still unsure about Clearing and require further information on the process, check out the UCAS Clearing guide for additional advice.

Alternatively, if you’re interested in UEA, check out our advice page for an insight from our trusted school advisors and current students! Or contact UEA via or telephone +44 (0)1603 591515