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1. What is Clearing?
Clearing is the process in which university applicants who have been unsuccessful in meeting the entry requirements of their original choices are matched with universities who still have available places.
2. What is Adjustment?
If you meet or outperform the conditions of your firm choice, is an opportunity to apply for an alternative course or university without losing your original offer should you exceed your predicted grades. Adjustment
3. What is ‘Self-Release’?
If you change your mind about where to study before you get your results but are already holding an offer from a university, then you can release yourself into Clearing in order to apply to a different institution.
4. What is ‘Confirmation’?
Confirmation is where your university place will or won’t be confirmed. There are different confirmation decisions you can receive based on your results.
5. What is ‘Firm Choice’?
This is the university you put down as your first choice. Providing you meet the conditions of the entry requirements on results day you will be offered a place here.
6. What is ‘Deferral’?
is where you apply for a course but decide to take a year out. For example you might apply in 2019 to start in 2020 but defer for a year, meaning that you will not attend university until 2021. Deferring
7. What is an ‘Informal Offer’?
When contacting universities through Clearing, you will usually receive informal offers of a place, giving you several options so that you can research and decide which one you would like to accept.
8. What is an ‘Insurance Choice’?
If you don’t meet the entry requirements of your firm choice then your insurance is your second or back-up option. You should always make sure this is a choice you are happy with as if you don’t meet the entry requirements of your first choice then this is where you will most likely end up going.
9. If I don't want my 'Insurance Choice', can I be released into Clearing?
You can decline your insurance choice, which will release you into Clearing. Before doing so, be absolutely sure, as you won't be able to reverse the decision.
10. A Clearing course I am interested in has the same requirements as one of my choices. Is it wise to apply?
It is completely up to you. You will need to decide which course you prefer. You won't be able to apply for Clearing course if you are still holding an offer from either your firm or insurance choice.
11. What is ‘Point of Entry’?
Point of Entry is the initial academic requirements or year of which you start your course. During clearing universities point of entry may decrease or change.
12. How long will Clearing stay open for?
Clearing 2020 closes on October 20th.
13. What is a ‘Conditional Offer’?
A Conditional offer means you have to meet the criteria outlined by a university in order to gain your place - criteria that is explained in the entry requirements of your chosen course.
14. How do I know if I can use Clearing?
If you have applied through UCAS, check your UCAS Track. This will tell you the status of your application and if you are eligible for Clearing. Direct entrants can apply to the university directly during clearing. Additionally providing you applied after 30th June, did not receive any offers or have declined any offers then you will be eligible for clearing.
15. If I don’t get my results until August, how can I hold a place when Clearing opens?
You can’t reserve a place as such, as you will have to decline other offers first before you can be entered into Clearing. It’s best to do your research beforehand, and gather the name of universities you’re interested in and their phone numbers ready for results day
16. If I have my results, but they don't show up on UCAS Track, can I go ahead and apply for Clearing courses?
If you have your results, you should be able to start applying for Clearing courses. If your results aren't showing up, call the universities you're interested in and explain that you have your grades. You could also contact UCAS to amend your grades not appearing.
17. What do I do if I no longer want my firm choice?
If you change your mind then you can decline your choice on your UCAS profile, which releases you into Clearing.
18. What is Clearing Plus?
Clearing Plus is a UCAS tool that provides you with a list of courses that have spaces based on your previous choices, if you are in Clearing or choose to self-release.
19. Where Can I find my Clearing number?
You can find your clearing number on your UCAS Track page.
20. Where can I find Clearing vacancies/places?
You can find the most up to date Clearing places on Whatuni through our page. Our pages will be regularly updating which universities have spaces and for what courses. Clearing 2020
21. How much does Clearing cost?
To go through UCAS clearing you will have had to pay a £24 fee when first creating your application. If you only made one choice when first creating your application you would have only paid £11, to enter through Clearing you will have to pay an additional £11.
22. How do I add a Clearing choice?
If you are offered a place from a university through Clearing, go to your UCAS Track under the ‘Your Choices’ tab and click on ‘Add Clearing Choice’ to accept the offer. .
23. How do I reply to a Clearing offer?
Once you have made your decision about the university you want to go to, simply add it to your UCAS choices. It is then down to the university whether they accept or still have places available.
24. Now I have my results, can I swap my firm choice with my insurance?
In order to swap around your firm choice with your insurance, contact both universities to check they are happy with this change.
25. Can I find student accommodation through Clearing?
Yes, you can find accommodation through clearing. Universities will usually be able to guarantee you a room providing they have the space. It’s best to be prepared and have in place just in case you can’t get into university halls. back up options
26. Can I apply for accommodation before accepting my place on a course?
You can’t apply for university managed accommodation until your place has been confirmed. Private accommodation options may accept applications before a university place is confirmed.
27. Is it hard to find student accommodation through Clearing/Adjustment?
This will depend on the university and how many students are already enrolled. The best advice would be to start researching what accommodation you may want to apply for now, so that when you have a confirmed place, you can sort your accommodation much faster.
28. Can BTEC students go through Clearing?
Yes! Most BTEC students get their results from mid-July so they can enter clearing from this point onwards.
29. Can I get accepted onto a course through Clearing & then defer?
Unfortunately not. The spaces available through Clearing are primarily for students intending to start this academic year (2020)
30. Can mature students go through Clearing?
There is no age limit to using Clearing as a means of applying to university, so yes mature students can use it.
31. Can EU and International students use Clearing?
Yes, Clearing can be used by any non-UK students provided they have applied through UCAS and paid the application fee.
32. Will I miss out on all of the good courses if I don’t go through Clearing straight away?
Not necessarily. Clearing is open until October 20th so there will be plenty of universities you can talk to, but be sure to do your research early.
33. Where’s the best place to research Clearing courses?
The Whatuni page will be regularly updating what courses are available for Clearing. It would be advised that students use our site as a primary place to research what courses are available. Clearing 2020 34
. Will every university be taking part in Clearing?
Not all universities take part in Clearing. Many popular and competitive degrees, such as medicine or veterinary science, tend to not feature. Universities who still have spaces across their courses tend to participate. These can be found . here
35. Will Coronavirus affect Clearing?
The government has implemented temporary controls on the number of new students universities are able to recruit, which could limit the number of places available through Clearing.
36. Can I still attend open days before making a decision through Clearing?
You sure can! Many universities will have open days specifically for those students going through Clearing, while keeping your offer open to you until you’ve had the chance to visit. This year, the majority of open days will be conducted online - virtually. To book a virtual open day go to . Virtual Tours and Events
37. Can I still apply for a student loan during Clearing?
Yes you can still apply, but be organised! Contact your relevant organisation to sort out your student loan, maintenance loan and any other loans you are looking to apply for. Be sure to have on-hand your identification and relevant documents. Student Finance
38. What if I have already applied for student finance for a different university and course?
It’s important that you let Student Finance know of any change as soon as possible. Once you have confirmed an offer, you will need to update your details with your student loan company. You can do so by logging in to your Student Finance account.
39. Where can you find the Clearing phone numbers from each university?
When looking through what courses are available through Clearing on the Whatuni website, you will see a ‘Call Now’ button. Be sure to prepare before making any phone calls, ensuring you know what you want to ask and what they may ask you.
40. Which pieces of personal information should I have on-hand before calling?
Make sure that you have your UCAS ID and your personal Clearing number on hand, along with what you want to study and what your grades are. It will also help to have the course code of the programme you’re interested in.
41. What can I do considering my A-Level results come out in August, and we therefore obviously can’t hold places from July 6th?
Prior to A-Level results day on Thursday 13th August, you can do as much research as possible on the courses that are available, read , check the CUG student reviews and make yourself a shortlist. This will leave you most prepared once you receive your results. league tables
42. What if I am a mature student who already has my results?
You will be able to start applying for any available courses once Clearing opens from Monday 6th July 2020.
43. If I’ve accepted an unconditional offer, can I use Clearing to look into different universities?
If you decide on results day that you no longer want the place from the unconditional offer, you can’t just go into Clearing to accept a different university’s offer. If you change your mind, you will have to ‘self-release’ yourself from the unconditional offer you have accepted.
44. What happens if I confirm a course through Clearing, accept an offer, but want to change my mind?
If you change your mind after you have already accepted an offer, you will have to ‘self-release’ from your choice in order to re-enter Clearing.
45. Will going through Clearing make lecturers look at me differently?
Your lecturers will not know you went through Clearing, as it has no bearing on your ability to take and complete your chosen course.
46. What is UCAS Extra?
UCAS Extra is a free service which, if you have already used up your original five choices, allows you to add another higher education choice - so long as you applied through UCAS, are not holding any offers nor are awaiting any decisions from your initial five applications. It opens on February 25th and closes on July 5th.
47. Can I apply to a university that rejected me through Clearing?
Yes you can still apply, but be organised. As long as there are still spaces available on courses at that particular university, you can still apply there.
48. Can you apply to a university through Clearing without UCAS?
Yes! You can to universities through Whatuni. This process is called ‘record of prior acceptance’ and you will need to check that your university offers this route. apply directly
49. How long is a Clearing offer open for?
The offer will only be available to you whilst the university has places available. Places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so it’s best you accept as soon as you have made up your mind.
50. Will going through Clearing affect my start date?
Not at all. You will still start on the same date as all other students.
51. What if I get accepted through Clearing but am unable to travel to the UK due to Coronavirus restrictions?
Travel to the UK is slowly re-opening. However, if restrictions tighten in the weeks leading up to the start of term, contact your university and discuss your options. During COVID, universities are being extremely flexible with students, with many offering online study options to start with.
52. What are my other choices if I don’t get any offers through Clearing?
You can always consider a foundation year degree. Many universities offer these as a means to get you the skills and grades needed to eventually progress onto a degree-level course.
53. Can I still go through Clearing if I am unable to prove my English Language requirements/haven't been able to sit the test?
You can, but you will have to prove your English language results once you have sat the test. Universities will likely have a cut off point for this. During Clearing, please inform the universities you call/email of your situation.
54. I can’t get my IELTS, what are my options?
Universities are accepting alternative English language testing. Please check with the university directly for this information.
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