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Prepare for Clearing with online tools

Clearing is now open and to help get your future off to a great start there are several online tools available to make the process simple. Let's take a look at the online tools that will make your application through Clearing easier than ever.

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their undergraduate courses. From 5 July to 18 October, applicants can apply for a course using Clearing if they are not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

Clearing is open to students who:

  • Are applying after 30 June
  • Didn’t receive any offers (or none they wanted to accept)
  • They didn’t meet the conditions of their offers
  • They’ve declined their firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS
  • They have changed their mind about their choices - for example, students may want to study closer to home or got better grades than expected.

To maximise your Clearing opportunities, beat the rush and get in there early.

If you’re applying for the first time, you’ll need to register and make a full application including your personal statement. When you submit your application, you’ll receive a welcome email to access your UCAS Hub, where you’ll also receive your Clearing number. That’s when you can access Clearing’s services, including searching my course subject or location.

Online tools help to make the process more straightforward. The search function is more comprehensive, giving you access to information and advice; you can access this search tool from the UCAS homepage

You can also sign into the site, save your searches and shortlist your favourite courses. You can also name your searches, which saves time each time you log back into the site to continue looking for that dream course.

If you were unsuccessful with your university application or are applying for the first time for a place through Clearing, you can also use UCAS Clearing Plus. Through Clearing Plus, UCAS look at your original course choices, alongside your qualifications and grades and compare them to the courses available. Their team then matches your profile to the courses that could be perfect for you.

The site design is mobile-friendly, meaning that you can access Clearing from any of your devices.

Learning more about the courses and seeing universities as well will help you to build up a true picture of where you’d like to apply to. We're holding open days for our courses throughout July and August, in person and virtually. As ULaw student Emily McKinnell says: “The open day was informative and engaging; it gave me the opportunity to get a real insight into life as a student here.”


For more information about Clearing, visit our Clearing webpages or call 0808 3019834.