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Clearing pairs applicants with available university places. There are a variety of reasons places are still vacant, for example, it’s an opportunity for those who have had a last-minute change of heart about the university they want to attend or course they want to study. 

Clearing runs from 5 July to mid-September.  If you meet any of the following criteria, you are eligible for the process:

  • You apply after 30 June
  • You are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
  • Your place is not confirmed after exam results are published.
  • You've changed your mind about your chosen university and 'self-release' into Clearing

How does Clearing work?

If you didn’t receive an offer from any of the five universities you applied to, or find on results day that you didn’t get the grades you needed to reach your Firm or Insurance choices, UCAS Clearing is your second chance of getting a place at university.

If you're applying after 30 June, you still need to register and make an application. In Clearing, you need to complete all the application as normal, including your personal statement, but you can't add course choices. When you submit your application you receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you'll find your Clearing Number. You'll know you're in Clearing if your Track status says 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'.

A-level applicants will only be able to add a Clearing choice on UCAS Track from 3pm on 15 August. If you have your exam results and know that you're in Clearing you can contact universities in advance to get invitations to add a university/course as a Clearing choice when the option appears on UCAS Track.

You will need to take action and find a university that is prepared to accept you. The best way to do this is to check their website or ring them and tell them what you want to do. Usually, if they have vacancies, they will take your details and either give you a decision straightaway or very soon afterwards.

What are the Clearing 2020 dates?

Clearing is available from July to September each year.

As a guide, in 2018, Clearing started in July and ran until October.  Vacancies were advertised from early July onwards and updated in the approach to A-level results day.

When does Clearing close?

This can depend on each institution. If you didn't receive any offers or there weren't any that you wanted to accept then Universities can take you on in as late as September, or even October.

Contact the Swansea University admissions team to discuss your options.

How do I apply for Clearing?

If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible for the process:

  • You have already applied through UCAS this cycle, and are not holding any offers from colleges or universities
    or
  • You applied to UCAS after 30th June
    or
  • Your place was not confirmed at your firm and insurance choice universities after exam results are published

You can check UCAS Track to see if you're eligible for Clearing. UCAS will not send you anything in the post to tell you if you are eligible, so it is important that you check online.

If you are eligible for Clearing an 'Add Clearing choice' button will appear on your Track 'choices' screen, which you can use to accept a place on a course you have been offered through Clearing.

Frequently Asked Questions about Clearing