On this page, you'll find information about applying to ARU through Clearing, and making plans for university – such as arranging student finance or looking for accommodation.
Applying through Clearing is quick and easy. From July–September, simply search for your perfect course and apply online or by phone. The details you need will be on the course page.
We accept Clearing applications from early July.
If you haven't already applied to university, you can apply directly to ARU from July onwards.
If you have already applied to university through UCAS, you can still apply to ARU from July and we may make you an offer. However, you'll only be able to update your UCAS Track account from 6 July. That's the date that UCAS officially switches to Clearing.
There is no official closing date for Clearing. In many cases you can apply from July through to September, when the new university year starts. However, some courses may fill up before September, so we usually recommend applying earlier if you can.
You're eligible to apply through Clearing if you:
We accept applications from July–September. Find out more about how to apply.
Not everyone has to apply through UCAS or have a UCAS Track account.
You might be applying through Clearing because you decided to go to university after the UCAS application date had passed. Or perhaps you took your exams a few years ago and want to return to education. That's fine. Once Clearing opens, you can apply directly to your chosen university. You won't need to set up a UCAS account.
Once you know your grades, our Clearing advisers will be on hand to give you some guidance. Give us a call on 01245 686868, email email@example.com or speak to us on live chat.
Yes, this could be an option for you.
You're eligible for Adjustment if you've obtained better grades than expected, and so meet and exceed the conditions of your firm choice offer. Adjustment gives you a chance to reconsider where and what to study, while still holding your confirmed place. If you register for Adjustment, but don’t find an alternative course, you'll remain placed at your original firm choice university.
We've all been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, but please be reassured that we're returning to face-to-face tuition, supported by online technologies, from September 2020.
The wellbeing of our students is at the heart of everything we do, and we understand that coming onto campus might not be possible for everyone. So there is the option to complete your first semester (September–December 2020) online, before returning to study on campus in January 2021.
Find out more about studying at university in 2020-21.
We'll send you a formal offer email. Once you get this email, you can do one of two things:
If you're waiting to be released into Clearing and are concerned that you will miss the deadline that you have been given by us, just let us know and we'll extend the deadline.
As your offer is being processed you may receive a text message confirmation from us as well as an email. If you don't receive a text message please don't worry, your provisional or confirmed offer still applies.
Check your spam/junk folder. Sometimes our emails get caught up in there.
UCAS updates the information on its system twice a day, so it may take some time to see any changes on Track.
If you're waiting to be released in to Clearing by your firm (first) choice university, this process can take a few days depending on how far through the individual university's processes you have got. For example, if you have already registered it will take longer than if you've only just accepted your offer.
If you're concerned that you will miss the deadline we've given you, just let us know. We'll be able to extend the deadline.
If you haven't applied through UCAS, please follow the instructions in the offer email that we send you.
If you’ve accepted your offer, you'll get a welcome email from us at the beginning of August with your student ID number and details on how to officially register as an ARU student. You'll register using a system called e:Vision.
If you've applied for a social care or health course, we may still be processing your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or occupational health checks. This should take no longer than a week, but does depend on how quickly you respond to our communications. In the meantime, keep an eye on your email (including spam/junk folder). Visit our Disclosure and Barring page for more information.
Yes, we welcome your application. You can apply online, directly to us, from July until the end of September. Simply indicate on the application form that you're applying for admission with prior learning, and let us know which year you'd like to join (for example, Year 2).
When we're reviewing your application, we'll ask to see a transcript from your current university or college. This is a record of the modules you've studied so far and the grades you've achieved. You can apply first and send the transcript to us later; we'll email you to ask for a copy.
You'll need to complete your first year to an exceptionally high standard, before applying to transfer to Year 1 of our MBChB Medicine in Chelmsford. We encourage your interest in medicine but ask you to note that places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.
Contact the admissions team that's handling your application – details should be in your offer letter.
We can’t accept deferred applicants through Clearing. Please contact us on 01245 686868 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.
During Clearing, you'll find an up-to-the-minute list of courses with Clearing vacancies on our website.
If you're interested in a course offered at ARU London, University Centre Peterborough, University Centre West Anglia or the London School of Osteopathy, please contact them directly.
Visit our dedicated web page for information about tuition fees and how to apply for a student loan. There's also information about additional grants and allowances.
You can still make your application after the deadline, but payment of your loan may not begin before you start your course. Please contact us for advice if this will cause hardship for you. Call 01245 686868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, our Residential Service Team is here to help. Call 01223 698900 or email email@example.com (if you'll be studying in Cambridge); call 01245 683110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (if you'll be studying in Chelmsford).
You should receive these dates after you apply for accommodation, in your accommodation offer letter. Soon you’ll be asked to complete our online induction for new students, which gives you more specific information.
Yes. Our House Hunting Team can answer all your questions, and help you find the right place to live.
You can email email@example.com or call 01223 695123 (if you'll be studying in Cambridge) or 01245 683180 (if you'll be studying in Chelmsford). Our private rented accommodation page has some handy hints and tips, too.
There are lots of reasons to study with us:
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.