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Guidance for UCAS Clearing

Clearing is a system where all UK Universities can advertise the degree courses where they still have spare capacity. The official Clearing site opened on 6th July and is run by UCAS. It can be accessed through https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch


Clearing Explained

Clearing is a very efficient ‘market place’ both for the Universities and for students, with each University clearly laying out the courses they still have available and the entry requirements they are looking for, so students can browse by either course or university to see what opportunities there are.

This year Russell Group universities have over 4,000 places advertised on the site ranging from Engineering to Law and many Humanities and Science courses. Top universities such as Kings College, Warwick, Bristol, Edinburgh are all currently listing courses.

Students who already have offers may go into Clearing to see if there are better opportunities available. For those who have changed their minds about what they want to study, Clearing can give them a window into what other courses they could switch too and of course Clearing is still there for those who have not made their conditional offers, and it continues to act as a second chance.


For advice on clearing, please contact us on : +971 4438 5276

How to Use Clearing

If you haven’t already applied you need to register to and submit an application. If you are already in the system then you can log into Clearing and start exploring.

Once you have identified a degree course, you need to call the University and ask if they would consider you for a place. Ideally you will secure some informal offers over the phone from various universities and then you can decide which ones you want to pursue.

Before you make your choices though, it is worth bearing in mind the following points.

  • Do your research – do not leap blindly into making a choice because you are desperate to have it sorted.

  • Check out the content of the degree year by year.

  • Try and do a virtual online tour.

  • Look up student feedback on the course and the university as a whole.

  • Find out if there is still student accommodation available.

  • Don’t be pressured into accepting an offer over the phone, however persuasive they are.

Once you have made a choice you can add one Clearing choice onto your UCAS application. Call the university first to tell them to expect your application and to get the right course details, you then have to wait for the University to accept you. Once the University confirm this, it will then count as you accepting the offer. If they don’t confirm your place then you will be able to add another choice.


If you are already holding an offer from another University and you want to change, you can now self release yourself from the offer before you can add another choice.

If you have not met the conditions of your offers then you should automatically be released into Clearing.


Are you planning for your results? Call us on +971 4438 5276 or email to enquiries.uae@carfax-education.com to book an appointment with one of our Higher Education consultants to help guide you through the process.

Whatever happens if you have not made your offers then do not be downhearted – this is not life defining and there are plenty of other options. Consider looking at alternative courses, or look for a joint honours degree.


Clearing can be very stressful and this year it will be managed in many cases, by university staff working from home so expect delays but be patient and persevere. You just need to keep trying until you secure a place where you want to be.



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