Clearing Clinic FAQ: Your questions answered

We held a Clearing Clinic on Facebook Live to field any questions you had about the Clearing process, and we had loads of queries come through. Our panel of ULaw experts got through a lot of questions while the session was live, so we want to make sure that if you missed it, you can still find the answers to those important Clearing questions. Here’s a write-up of the FAQs that came through during our Clearing Clinic.

When do applications open?

Clearing applications for September 2020 start open on 6 July 2020. 

If you’re looking at studying with us next year, as soon as our Clearing applications for 2020 close in September, we’ll be accepting applications for September 2021.

Are there many spaces for Clearing?

We have spaces left on all our undergraduate courses currently. This can, and probably will, change quickly, so we recommend getting in early to make sure you still have the broadest range of options available to you.

Which ULaw courses are specifically available through Clearing?

Places on all our law and business undergraduate degrees are available through Clearing. This includes the three year full-time undergraduate law degree, the four year version with foundation year and all our Law with courses – these combine law with related subjects like business, criminology, investigative journalism and many others. Our Business School three and four year business management degrees are also all available, as is the BSc Accounting and Finance for those of you interested in accounting.

What information will I need to have to hand when calling the Clearing hotline?

The most important information that you’ll need is your qualification details. That’s your GCSE and A Level results; or any equivalent qualifications that you may have. We’ll also ask for your UCAS ID, but if you don’t have one or aren’t sure what it is don’t worry, we can handle getting that information later.

As for your grade requirements for both our law and business courses: For our three year full-time courses you’ll need at least Cs in GCSE English Language and Maths. For our four year full-time courses you’ll need at least a C in GCSE English Language and a D in GCSE Maths. Other than General Studies, all full A2 A Level course results are recognised and accepted by ULaw.

I’ve been made an offer by another university but I’m thinking of applying to ULaw instead. Can I do this through Clearing?

Absolutely, you’re completely able to change your mind. We recommend that you call our Clearing hotline (0808 3019834) before declining any other offers that you may have, just to make sure that we can definitely offer you a place on the course that you want. Your next step will be to get released from your firm choice through UCAS and then adding ULaw as your Clearing choice. Be sure to also check the cancellation policy of whichever university you currently have an offer with too. It should be pretty straightforward, but it’s always best to check.

Do I have to pay anything to apply through Clearing?

If you’re applying for one of our 3 or 4 year full-time courses you will need to submit your application through UCAS; UCAS have a charge of £20 for new applications. If you’re already on the UCAS system and adding an extra UCAS choice through Clearing then there isn’t a charge.

Is deferred entry something that ULaw offers through Clearing?

Yes, you can call our Clearing hotline (0808 3019834) and ask us to defer your entry. Deferred entry means that you will guarantee your place on the course but take a year out before starting it. So if you defer your 2020 course to 2021, it means you’ll start in September 2021. It’s important to note that ULaw can only defer your entry for one year.

How can I fund my undergraduate course?

Most students will choose to take out a student loan for their undergraduate degree. As we’re a private institution, loan allowances for our students are a little different to other universities. We have comprehensive funding pages on our website for both law and business courses, each dedicated to going through all your options and how your loan and payments can work.

It’s also worth noting that we have a series of scholarships available for our law course too.

How long does it take to become a barrister or solicitor if I do the 3 year undergraduate law degree?

If you go straight from one course to the next with no gaps, it’ll take you a total of five years to become a barrister or six years to become a solicitor.

The route to becoming a barrister goes like this:

3 years undergraduate law degree – 1 year BPTC – 1 year pupillage

The route to becoming a solicitor goes like this:

3 years undergraduate law degree – 1 year LPC – 2 year training contract

You can consider part-time options, or take years out in between, so it’s up to you if you want to spread out your learning. This can be of benefit if you want to work between courses to fund your studies, or if you want to build up work experience while studying part-time.

Do I need IELTS?

If you’re an international student and need a Visa to study with us, one of the requirements we have is an IELTS or equivalent qualification – this is to demonstrate a sufficient level of English Language understanding to ensure you’ll be able to follow the curriculum of the course. We ask all of our students to meet English Language requirements and there are several ways that this can be achieved. The score varies for each of our courses though, so to get full details on this you can see our entry requirements online or email

Are your campuses modern?

All of our campuses provide modern facilities but we have a variety of campuses across the country and their buildings vary greatly. Guildford, for example, is probably the most like a traditional university campus, with a collection of different buildings across 25 acres. The main building dates back to the 16th Century, so it has that classical English university feel to it, whereas others are more modern. Compare that to our London Bloomsbury or Leeds campuses and you’ll find quite a contrast; those campuses are right in the centre of the city in very modern buildings. You’ll be able to apply to any our campuses through Clearing and you can arrange to visit any of our campuses before you start your course to make sure that you’ll be happy to study there.

What if I’m not sure which campus I want to study at?

That’s fine. An offer that we make you is for the course. So long as both campuses run that specific course and there are spaces available at both, you can easily switch with a campus transfer request by talking to Admissions.

Is 42 too old to study law?

No way. We have mature students on almost every year of our undergraduate law degrees, so don’t ever think that age would be a hindrance to studying law. In fact, your broader life experience can mean that you actually bring more to classes and have great perspectives to diversify the active discussions we have.

Can I take classes at ULaw if I live in America?

We offer online versions of our law and business degrees so you could easily study our courses from the US or anywhere else in the world. Exams for our courses do need to be sat in person at one of our campuses, so you would need to visit the UK twice each year in order to sit your exams. Our assessments are normally set around January and June each year. There can be exceptions to this, where you may be able to make arrangements to sit your exams in an assessment centre in your own country. Of course, everybody’s particular circumstances are different, so if this is something you’re considering then we recommend getting in touch with our Admissions team to discuss your personal situation to see how this could work for you.

Are students who come through Clearing treated any differently to other students who haven’t?

Absolutely not. Unless you choose to divulge that information, nobody would know. And we actively encourage our tutors and staff to keep all personal information like this entirely private. A tutor would never tell another member of staff or student about an individual’s circumstance.

Our top tips:

  • Stay calm
  • Take your time and be sure you make the right decision for you
  • Try to attend an online Open Day so you know you’ll be happy where you choose to study
  • Interact. Don’t just wonder alone. Ask questions and get interactive to find out what you need to know


Want to know more about Clearing? Visit our dedicated Clearing webpage for more information.