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What is clearing, and how does it work?

If you don't have a place at university after receiving your results, don't worry - you can apply through Clearing. Clearing is your opportunity get onto a course through remaining university places.

Lots of students are eligible for Clearing. Whether you haven't got the grades you were expecting, you've changed your mind about which uni you want to go to, or you're applying late - there are plenty of doors still open to you.

17 August is A level results day - but you don't need to wait until then to apply. If you've already got results from BTEC or previous years, you can apply and potentially receive an offer now.

On results day: the Clearing process

If you don't get the A level results you expected, you can still find the right university and course for you. Follow this simple step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process.

Log on to UCAS Track on results day. This will tell you which course you have been accepted onto. If you're not currently holding any places, it will show that you are in Clearing, your Clearing number will be available here.

Pick up your exam results from school or college. You'll need these to start applying for places through Clearing - it's also a good chance to get advice from.

Find courses you want to study. View vacancies on UCAS or search directly on university websites.

Pick up the phone. Have your Clearing number and exam results to hand, and be prepared to explain why you want to study the course. Make sure you call yourself as tutors want to hear from you.

Hold as many offers as you want. You may be offered a place over the phone, but you don't have to accept the first offer given to you. Shop around but be aware that some universities will ask you to decide by a certain time.

Accept your offer. Add your course in UCAS Track - you can only do this once - and you're done!

7 Clearing tips from students to help you through

Clearing can seem daunting at first. Here are wise words from students who have been through Clearing to help you through – and proof Clearing can even work to your advantage.

Tayo Adeleye

Tayo Adeleye

Business Economics and Marketing
High Wycombe

"I decided to change my course last minute, from a science degree and had to go through Clearing. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. Even if you didn't get the grades you wanted, universities do look at other things, like what you are passionate about."

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Charlotte Pamplin

Charlotte Pamplin

History and Archaeology

"My advice to anyone going through Clearing: believe in yourself and be brave in convincing others to do so. I was able to speak to a head of department and Clearing about why I hadn't done well before they made their decision, rather than being turned away by one person based purely on grades."

Watch Charlotte's Video
Will Thomas

William Thomas

Chemistry (with foundation year)

"You never know what a university is like until you are there, so choose somewhere you feel comfortable and you feel like you will enjoy. After I received my grades I went for breakfast with my friend just to calm myself and think about what I was going to do with my future. An hour later and I had a place at university. My college was great help in talking me through what options I had."

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Deborah Akinwumi

Deborah Akinwumi


"Going through Clearing was pretty simple - I just called up and got a place. Hull were very reassuring and I got to visit the uni before I accepted their offer. My advice to anyone going through Clearing now is it all works out in the end - don't worry about it."

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Ellie Smith

Ellie Smith

War and Security Studies

"Don't panic and don't settle. I'm now at a better university than the ones I originally applied for because of Clearing and choosing a foundation year. You have to be just as enthusiastic about your clearing options as your original application."

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Blaine Pearce

Blaine Pearce

Politics and International Relations

"University isn't just about your course - I've met more people with different views and interests than I ever would at school, and for me it was important to be somewhere that offers other things you can enjoy too - be it culture, nightlife, or a good music scene."

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Megan Ewing

Megan Ewing


"My brother came to Hull and enjoyed it here so I thought I would give it a try. The lady on the phone congratulated me on my results and I just thought wow, this university is just so friendly and really do care about you as an individual."

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The reality of Clearing at Hull: as told by students

Studying at Hull

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