Clearing: how to apply

Applying to university through Clearing is quick and easy. From July-September, you can choose your course and apply online or by phone. You'll find application details on all our course pages.

Here are a few things to consider if you're thinking about making an application.

1. Check if Clearing is for you

Our students apply through Clearing for lots of different reasons. Maybe they're returning to study, didn't quite get the grades they expected, or have changed their mind about where they want to study.

Chances are that Clearing will be a great opportunity for you to join ARU, too.

Visit our Clearing FAQs page to check your eligibility.

2. Do your research

Most universities, including ARU, publish a list of courses that are available in Clearing.

Have a think about the subject you're interested in, and see which universities offer courses that feel like a good fit.

Take a moment to check out other things that are important to you, too – like location, facilities, university accommodation or study support.

Once you've shortlisted a couple of universities, it could be time to take a look for yourself...

3. Go exploring

While you can't visit our campuses in person at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t find out more about us.

We run Virtual Open Days, where you can join live webinars, speak to tutors and students, and find out more about life at ARU.

Alternatively, our student ambassadors are on hand to tell you more about their courses and life at ARU. We can even match you with an ambassador. Chat to our students online.

You can also find out more about the place you’ll be studying with our city guides to Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough.

4. Apply online

When you've found your perfect course, simply apply online. From July every year, you'll find an application link on all course pages with Clearing vacancies.

5. Relax

We know that waiting for your results can be stressful, but you've worked hard and you've got the whole summer ahead of you – so it's definitely time for a bit of fun and relaxation.

Check out our six stress-busting Clearing tips for simple ways to beat the results day nerves.

Thousands of students get places through Clearing every year and do brilliantly at university. And of course, we're here to help you through the whole process. So relax: you've got this.




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.