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.