There is still time to secure your place at University this September... and Clearing could help!

What is Clearing?

Around 60,000 students use Clearing each year to secure their place at University. Whether they have a change of heart or circumstances, don't get the results they expect, or just decided to apply after the main UCAS deadline; Clearing is another opportunity to get into university.

If you choose to go through Clearing, you may have to make a slight adjustment in the course you choose, or the university you go to, but this could be the start of something great that will open up opportunities you may not have even thought of.

You will be able to apply through Clearing if you:

  • haven't done quite as well as you expected and you haven't met the conditions of your offers
  • haven't made a UCAS application this year
  • haven't received any offers (or none that you want to accept).

When does Clearing open?

Clearing opens on Wednesday 5th July for those who already have exam results or hold no offers.

Clearing officially opens on results day, Thursday 17th August.

Clearing closes on Wednesday 20th September.

When Clearing opens you will be able to call our Clearing hotline on 01424 442222 and select option 1, and then speak to our Admissions team about the process and your application to study with us this September.

How to apply through Clearing

First things first, give us a call to see what courses we have available. You'll need your qualifications and grades to hand, as well as your UCAS ID number (if you have one).

We'll chat to you about your options and let you know what courses we have available. If we have something you like, we may be able to make you an offer there and then.

Once you have this verbal offer you will be able to use the 'add clearing choice' button on your UCAS Track screen.

If you haven't applied to universities through UCAS, you can apply to us directly using a Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA) form. You can download it here.

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If you need to apply for a student loan then follow this link to begin the registration process:

Gone are the days where students use Clearing to rescue their university careers. You may do much better than predicted in you’re A-Levels, so you can also use Clearing to apply for course with higher entry requirements.

Read our top tips on how to make Clearing work for you

Don’t panic

First thing’s first, don’t panic. If you didn’t get the grades you need, don’t worry. Literally, thousands of students are in the same boat as you. Whether you did better or worse than you expected you can call universities or use the UCAS website to find out what clearing courses are available.

Our admissions team will be on hand to speak to you if you need any help, advice or guidance. Pop in or give us a call on 01424 442222.

Keep your options open

It’s important to keep an open mind about the course and place you want to study. You might have to take a slightly different path to the one you originally planned, but this could be a good thing. Perhaps you didn’t get the grades for Computer Science, but we may be able to offer you a place on our Computing and Systems Development course instead.

Consider your options

Yes, there isn’t a huge amount of time to apply, but you shouldn’t rush your decision. You need to make sure that you’re going to enjoy the course you’ll be studying, and you need to feel comfortable in the place you’re studying.

With the time you do have, check out the course and Uni online. Have a look at their website and see what they’re up to on social media. This will give you a good indication of what student life will be like, and more importantly if you feel that it will be right for you.

Go for it

Once you’ve found a course you like, go for it!

Our best tip is to call the university directly. It shows that you’re keen and serious about studying with them and could be the difference between being accepted onto the course, or missing out to someone else.

It’s best to call because you’ll need to give them your qualifications and grades, as well as your UCAS ID number (if you have one). If you meet the entry requirements and they still have places available, then they may make you an offer.

Once you have this verbal offer you will be able to use the 'add clearing choice' button on your UCAS Track screen.

Still unsure? Give us a call

We know what Clearing is all about and we can help. Give us a call on 01424 442222, Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm if you need to speak to somebody. We can give you impartial advice about what to do next and help you find a course that is right for you.

Clearing could open up a world of new opportunities for you. By carefully considering your new learning journey, (OK, it might not be your first choice), you may discover a whole range of new things you weren’t expecting; and after all, great things happen when you’re least expecting them to.

We offer a range of degree courses, all accredited by the University of Brighton. You can study Art & Design, Business, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, and Teaching degrees with us, so if you want to find out more, check out the full list here.

What can be better than studying for a degree by the sea? Give our Hotline a call and see what we have to offer 01424 442222 or 07813 255330.

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