Guide to: Clearing

The expected route into uni is to choose your firm and insurance choice but and then attend one of these two, but this is not always the way! Unfortunately some students don’t achieve the grades to attend their two choices so have to go through what is known as ‘Clearing’.

You must remember this is not a bad thing or something to be ashamed of, it just proves that you’re determined to be at uni!

Firstly, here’s a quick UCAS guide about Clearing – have a look!

Some view Clearing as quite a complicated process but the main thing to remember is that you can use Clearing to find courses with vacancies after you receive your grades and you can then use the Clearing system to discuss your place with these universities.

If you don’t have any luck via the UCAS website, the Telegraph Clearing site it a very useful source of information too!


  • Clearing vacancy search goes live at 00.01am on each results day
  • Exam Results helpline (0808 100 8000 or the Facebook page) opens on the 5th August (Scotland) or 14th August (UK)
  • If eligible, you can add a Clearing choice from 2.30pm on 5th August (Scotland) or 5pm on 14th August (UK)

Students don’t have their grades yet but you may have some questions about Clearing already so have a look at some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Clearing to put your mind at rest.

Remember, the University of Worcester have specific Clearing and Adjustment open days throughout August and the Admissions Hotline (01905 855 111) is always available to help Clearing students. Worcester expect to have spaces for 2014 through the Clearing process – have a look what is on offer!

Finally, the Clearing process may seem a bit daunting but my friend Ellie got in through Clearing and she says her main piece of advice for students going through Clearing would be

stay positive and act as quickly as you can without completely stressing out, you have to make a lot of phone calls and make sure you talk to every person in a positive manner in order to show off what you do have ie UCAS points/extracurricular things.

Try and take notes for each one you apply for so you know who you’ve phoned and what the outcome was because it can get confusing especially if you’re applying to different courses at different uni’s.

Finally, if possible get as many people to help as you can, I had both my parents on the phone to different uni’s too to help save time”.