Have a quick read through these questions. From What is Clearing? to What do I need to have with me when I call?, they'll help you understand what happens in Clearing and are based on what other students ask us.
You can also see our page on How to apply through Clearing for more practical preparation tips.
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Clearing is part of the UCAS application process. It allows you to find a place at university if you don't yet hold an offer.
UCAS Clearing opens officially on Friday 5 July, but if you are waiting for exam results you will have to wait to receive them before you can apply. From that point you can seek out Clearing places by phone and refer yourself via UCAS track. Clearing officially ends on 22 October.
You can use our course finder to find out what courses are available.
Many students aiming to secure a place at university for September 2019 are eligible to apply through Clearing. There are several different reasons for doing so. You are eligible to use Clearing if:
Clearing is open from 5 July and continues until mid-October. You must know all your exam results before you can get an offer of a place through Clearing.
You can receive multiple verbal offers in Clearing. However, you can only confirm one university course as your final choice. When you receive a verbal offer what happens in Clearing is that a university will usually give you a deadline by which to confirm your choice.
If you have already applied
If you have already applied for student finance, but will be going to a different university or studying a different course, you will need to contact the Student Loans Company to advise them of the changes as soon as you have confirmed your final Clearing choice, and register with Student Finance England.
If you have not yet applied
If you have not yet applied for student finance, you will need to apply as soon as possible for a student loan to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. Even though the initial deadline for finance applications has already passed, the Student Loans Company will still process your application.
Remember, there could be a delay in receiving your funding for the first week of term so you should budget for this.
Some of our creative media, arts and architecture courses require you to prepare an online portfolio of your work. You can find out if your course needs a portfolio, and get advice on what to include and how to present your work on our online portfolio advice page.
For some courses you will need to attend an interview as part of the Clearing process. The interview helps us assess your suitability for the course and the profession you are interested in. Read our tips on preparing for a Clearing interview.
Yes, if your exam results are better than expected, you can use UCAS Adjustment to apply to us. Adjustment opens on 16 August 2019 and closes at the end of August.
A really common question so we've included it in our What is Clearing section. Referred means that UCAS has sent your application to a university. It isn't anything to worry about, and you should receive more information quickly.