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Clearing Dos and Don'ts

Huge numbers of students have come through Clearing and gone on to create successful academic and professional careers. That’s the message from Claire Latham, Undergraduate Admissions Manager at The University of Law.

Claire has put together a list of dos and don’ts to help students navigate the Clearing process smoothly.

Do . . .

1)    Prepare

Think ahead about your options before Clearing. Especially if you are worried your grades might not be as good as you hoped.

2)    Get advice early

It’s worth asking people for advice when talking about your university aspirations. Teachers and Careers Advisors can help point you in the right direction to find a range of other people whose advice could be invaluable.

3)    Visit universities you are interested in – even if they are on your back up list

If you have missed our open days you can come on a campus visit. Full details are on The University of Law’s website.

4)    Enjoy your summer

You worked hard to prepare for your exams and you deserve a rest.

5)    Get everything you need for Clearing to hand before you make a call

When you call the Clearing hotline make sure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number if you have one (you can find this in Track) and the exam results and details of the qualifications you hold.

6)    Phone up

Universities will need to talk to you and some may even do a short telephone interview before they offer you a place. Phoning is essential.

7)    Think carefully about your options, then make a decision

If you already have an offer you have to request a release from firm and/or insurance choices before you can go through Clearing. You can’t change your mind, so you need to be sure. Students can call the Clearing line to get a verbal offer at whatever status. They can only add The University of Law as their Clearing choice then accept their Clearing offer once they have been released from any firm/insurance choice.

8)    Start early

If you have taken A Levels this year you can add Clearing choices on UCAS Track from 3pm on Thursday 16 August.

Don’t . . .

1)    Panic

Many students have come through Clearing and gone on to have successful academic and professional careers.

2)    Wait until your results come out to consider your options

The competition for Clearing places can be intense. Don’t assume a place offered through Clearing is not in demand. There are lots of reasons a place might still be open.

3)    Think it’s too late to apply if you haven’t done so yet

You can still apply now, before the Clearing rush. You can call a Clearing line and get a verbal offer before you have a UCAS application. You would need a UCAS application in order to accept that Clearing offer but there is no problem with calling first.

4)    Accept the first offer you get

Unless you have done your research and know it is the right choice for you.

5)    Let your mum or dad call for you

Unless you have nominated them on your UCAS form you will need to talk to Clearing staff yourself. Don’t worry, staff manning Clearing phones are all super helpful and they may even have gone through Clearing themselves.

6)    Give up

There are lots of options during Clearing. Just be prepared for it to take a little time. Phones will be busy on Clearing day but keep trying.

7)     Assume you have not got your place

Don’t conclude you haven’t got your place if your grades were lower than expected. Check Track first.

8)    Be on holiday/away for the weekend during and just after Clearing

It's a time to be at home, use the phone and get that university place.


Clearing officially began in July and is open until September. You can call us now on 0800 0093375 or visit our dedicated Clearing webpage.