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Clearing explained

Want to know more about Clearing? How it works? What to do to get a place? And your next steps after you’ve got an offer. We’ve got you covered.

Clearing is a way of helping students without a university place and universities with course vacancies find each other and is open from Wednesday 5 July until Tuesday 17 October 2023.

Although Clearing will be busiest after A Level results day on Thursday 17 August 2023, if you’ve already received your results, we may be able to offer you a place immediately.

Take a look at all courses available through Clearing

Please note that this list is subject to change and some courses may not have places available until after A Levels results day on Thursday 17 August 2023.


Places on courses in Clearing are limited and if we fill all available places the course will be closed for this year.

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If you need any advice or if you’re waiting to receive your results, you can contact us now:

Choosing the right course

Each university will the list the courses where they have spaces available. If you are interested in a course at a university, contact them to find out whether they’ll offer you a place. You can contact any universities that have space on a course you’re interested in, but you’ll only be able to accept one Clearing offer.

Clearing spaces are limited so we encourage you to get in contact as soon as you can. It is, however, worth taking a little time to find the right course for you.

If you already hold an offer from a university, you’ll have to ‘self-release’ on UCAS. Contact our Clearing team first to make sure we can offer you a place before you ask to be released from your original university. We won’t be able to formally confirm your place until your original university agrees to release you into Clearing.

How do I check if I have a place at university?
Can I use Clearing if I’m still holding offers with other universities?
I’d like to apply through Clearing but haven’t applied through UCAS yet. Can I still apply through Clearing?
I’m on holiday on results day. What should I do?

Once you have an offer

If I apply through Clearing, can I visit the university before I start my course?
How do I sort out student finance after Clearing?
Will I be able to get university accommodation if I’ve been offered a place through Clearing?
I’ve been offered a place in Clearing. What should I do next?

If you don’t already hold an offer from a university, Clearing Plus is a personalised tool offered by UCAS. It matches the profile of unplaced applicants to courses with vacancies and their entry requirements. And you’ll be able to ‘view your matches’ in UCAS Hub.

Visit Clearing Plus if you don’t have an offer

Clearing helpline

You’ll be able to talk to our Clearing Team who can explain your options, let you know what courses have spaces available and we’ll either be able to provide you with an instant decision (after A Level results day on Thursday 17 August) or advise you of your next steps.

Call our Clearing helpline from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. On Thursday 17 August 2023, A Level results day, our phone lines will be open from 8am-6pm.

Make sure when you contact our Clearing Team you have your UCAS Personal ID number and results to hand.