How does Clearing work?

Your guide to Clearing

Whatever your reason for applying through Clearing, we're here to help support you through the process. On this page, you'll find information about how Clearing works, and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. 

Clearing helps those who do not have a confirmed place at university to find one.

UCAS will inform you if/ when you are in Clearing through your UCAS Hub account and you will then need to contact universities to see if there are course vacancies and if they can accept you with your achieved qualifications.

If you’ve already got your results, or once you have them, you can use the search tool on UCAS to find the course/s that you’re interested in. Speak to the Universities that you’d like to find a place with. Then you can add your Clearing choice in your application in UCAS – see the UCAS website for the most up-to-date guidance and details on applying through Clearing in 2023.

We will ask you for your Clearing number or your UCAS ID Number. We may also ask you for basic personal information. For example, we may ask you for your date of birth, your address and your email address. We will ask you about your qualifications and grades. This information will be stored securely on our Clearing database and will only be used to contact you directly.