The Clearing process step by step

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Looking to secure a place at university, but wondering how the Clearing process works? Our guide has all the information and dates you need to make sure you’re prepared.

Early July

Many universities will advertise courses with Clearing vacancies from July onwards.

We accept online applications from July–September. From July, you’ll find an application link on each course page. (If you'd like to find out more about ARU first, chat to our students online.)

If we can make you an offer, we’ll do this before A-level results day. In fact, we’ll usually try to make you an offer within a few days of receiving your application.

Applying early is a great way to beat the rush and, if you’re just getting your results this summer, to have an offer waiting for you on results day.

If you already know your results, you can accept your Clearing offer straight away.

6 July

The UCAS Clearing system opens on 6 July. Once you've received confirmation of a Clearing offer, you can add the university and course as your Clearing choice from this date.

End of July

Some results are released at the end of July, though a few may be released earlier or later than this. You can use UCAS to check if your results come to your firm and insurance choice university.

If your qualification is listed once you’ve got your results, log into UCAS Track to check if your university has confirmed your place.

If they have, congratulations! You don’t need to do anything else.

If the qualification you've taken this year isn't listed, you'll need to send the results to the universities that you are holding a place with. If your place is with ARU, simply upload the qualifications to your portal.

If you don’t have a confirmed place at your firm or insurance choice university, UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing. At this point you can contact other universities to apply through Clearing. We recommend having your UCAS personal ID number and exam results to hand.

If a university can make you an offer, they’ll usually do this by phone or email. You may receive several offers and it’s up to you which one you choose to accept.

You can accept your offer through UCAS Track from 3pm on results day.

Results day: morning

A-level results are released at 8am on results day.

Once you’ve got your results, log into UCAS Track to check if your university has confirmed your place.

If they have, congratulations! You’re all set.

If you don’t have a confirmed place at your firm or insurance choice university, UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing. At this point you can contact other universities to apply through Clearing. We recommend having your UCAS personal ID number and exam results to hand.

If a university can make you an offer, they’ll usually do this by phone or email. You may receive several offers and it’s up to you which one you choose to accept.

You can accept your offer through UCAS Track from 3pm on results day.

Results day: afternoon

After 3pm, you can add the university offer you want to accept as your Clearing application on UCAS Track.

Your university will then confirm your place.

After results day

Ah, the morning after the day before…

Once your place is confirmed, it’s a good time to start making a few preparations for uni. This could include applying for student loans or accommodation. Our handy guide to preparing for student life has some pointers.

You might also like to check out our city guides to Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough.

Going to university is a big achievement, so one final bit of advice? Don’t forget to celebrate.




Questions about studying at ARU?

Clearing may be closed for 2020, but we're still on hand to answer your questions about courses, applying to university, and studying on our Covid-secure campuses.