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. 

If you're interested in applying to Keele through Clearing, you can get ahead and register for a callback from us on A level results day. Our Admissions Team will then call you on the morning of 18 August and speak to you about your options. Please note, the following subjects are not taking any bookings for callbacks on A level results day: Medicine, Midwifery, Children's Nursing, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy & Radiography.

We have compiled a list of answers to key questions about Clearing. If you don't find an answer to your question here, you can contact us via call us on 01782 491120 and our team of experts will be on hand to help.

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; our clearing hotline will be open from 5 July. 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 2022.

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.

Yes, you can still apply to Keele. You can begin a UCAS Application in the Clearing cycle as long as you already meet the entry criteria. We are not able to give conditional offers in Clearing – so you need to already meet the course requirements. Alternatively, we may be able to accept you directly if you only wish to apply to Keele. To begin this process, you will need to email the Admissions Team at stating which course you would like to be considered for and that you are not in the UCAS cycle this year. We would need to see copies of all of your qualifications, as well as a brief personal statement.

You cannot enter Clearing unless you have all exam results. In Clearing Universities can only issue Unconditional offers. Therefore, you need to have obtained all of your exam results (usually including any GCSE Maths or English results) before you can apply to us through Clearing.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to defer your place if you have come to us through Clearing. If you wish to be considered for September 2023 entry you will need to apply in the next UCAS cycle.

Yes. If you have already applied for Student Finance, it is easy to change your details by logging in to your account at and going to: Your Account>Change your application>University/college course. They will re-assess your application and let you know of any changes to the amount of student finance you can get.

If you’ve not yet applied for Student Finance and have a place through Clearing, you will need to do so. Applications can take up to six weeks to be processed – so the sooner you apply for your finance, the sooner you will get your money.

Visit our accommodation webpages for information about our halls of residence. 

You can apply for accommodation if:

  • You have waited for 48 hours following acceptance of your Keele offer via UCAS track, this is important as the system needs time to process your acceptance.
  • You have your Keele University student number. We will send this when we receive your application. This is an 8 digit number and is your identification in the system.
  • You have decided what accommodation to apply for. There are some en-suite bedrooms still available but these will be in high demand so it is a good idea to look at a non en-suite alternative as well.

If after 48 hours, you are still unable to apply please contact the Student Accommodation Office on