Clearing is a way for students to make a late application for a university course starting this Autumn.
When Clearing opens (6th July 2020), universities will publish their lists of courses with spaces still available for students to apply for.
While Clearing can be a stressful time for some students, especially those already dealing with the disappointment of not getting their results, it can also be a great opportunity to get on to a course or go to a university that you may not have previously considered.
There are five types of student who might use Clearing:
1) You didn’t get the grades you needed for your firm or insurance choices
2) You’ve changed your mind about your choice of university or course
3) You applied through UCAS but you’re not holding any offers
4) You got better grades than you expected (go you!) and want to see if you can ‘step up’ to a better uni
5) You didn’t apply before 30th June but now want to go to uni this year
You are welcome - and encouraged - to explore multiple universities and courses during Clearing. When you receive verbal offers, the universities will usually give you a deadline to confirm your final decision.
You can receive plenty of verbal offers before making a decision, though you will only be able to confirm one university course as your final choice.
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