Curious about Clearing and want to know more? You're in the right place. We've answered the questions we get asked most frequently here in the Support Hub.
Clearing is a system that matches applicants to university places that haven’t been filled yet.
If you have made a UCAS Undergraduate application that doesn’t hold any offers, you are able to apply for Clearing.
Clearing is a great opportunity for many applicants for a number of reasons. You may not have met the terms of your conditional offers. You may have decided at the last minute that you would like to apply for university. Or you may feel that you want to change your course or original university choice.
You can check ARU’s Clearing course list from 1 July. We also accept Clearing applications from 1 July. Clearing typically runs through to September, but we recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.
Definitely! If it’s been a few years since you took your last exam, that’s no problem. No matter what you’ve been doing since you were last at school, you can always apply through Clearing to kickstart your education career again. If you already know your results, you’ve got a head-start. Simply find your course and apply online from 1 July. We’ll get back to you before A-level results day, so you can start preparing for your exciting new chapter.
We understand why you might not want to accept a Clearing offer if you haven’t visited the university, which is why you can drop-in to ARU for a campus tour throughout the year, as well as during Clearing.We offer campus tours every Wednesday afternoon, the meeting point in Chelmsford is our MAB Reception and the meeting point in Cambridge is our Helmore Reception. They happen on the hour from 12pm, with the final tour of the day taking place at 4pm. There is no need to book a time slot – just drop in and say hello!