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What is UCAS Clearing?

We explain the UCAS Clearing system and how it works for international students wanting to study for a bachelor's degree in the UK.

Sep 6, 2023
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Clearing is the process students go through if they don't receive the expected grades and miss out on their first and second-choice university places.

What is UCAS university clearing?

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, runs a Clearing program involving universities advertising courses that still have spaces available to prospective bachelor's students. Clearing matches applicants to university spaces yet to be filled.

Clearing is available to anyone who has made a UCAS undergraduate application and runs from early July to October each year.

What are the eligibility criteria for Clearing?

To take part in the Clearing process, you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You did not receive any offers - or none you wanted to accept
  • You did not meet the grade requirements for your offers
  • You apply for university after June
  • You decline your successful offer from a university
  • You paid a multiple-choice application fee of £26.50

What are the benefits of UCAS clearing?

Choosing a bachelor's program in Clearing is an opportunity for students who have yet to make their initial choices but also a chance for you to change your mind about the university, program, and field of study you want to study.

How does Clearing work?

The Clearing process is open from 5 July to 17 October 2023. Here are our steps to navigate the clearing process:

  1. Search for available bachelor's degrees
  2. Select the programs that grab your attention
  3. Ensure you meet the entry requirements for your selected programs
  4. Call the university and express your interest
  5. If the university offers you a place, add it to your UCAS application, and complete the course details
  6. Ensure you meet the program deadlines within the deadline provided by the university during the phone call.

Remember, you can only add one clearing choice at a time, but if the university does not confirm your place, you will be able to add an alternative option.

Students who only applied for one choice in their original application must pay an additional £4.50 to go through Clearing.

Thousands of students go through the process each year in the UK; it can lead to opportunities at universities you had never initially considered.

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