What is university clearing?
Clearing or 'clearing plus' is a system used to fill vacancies on university courses. It’s also an opportunity for students who have not accepted university places, or have not met the requirements for their conditional offers, to find themselves a place.
When does university clearing open?
Clearing opens on 5 July 2020 for students who haven’t accepted an offer from a university, or have failed to meet the conditions of their offer, or who have agreed with the university whose offer they have accepted to be released to go through clearing.
What if a student does better than expected?
If a student does better than expected, then they should not go through clearing, and instead should use 'Adjustment'.
Students must register via Ucas that they wish to use Adjustment. Using this method to find university places is time restricted, and students will have just five 24 hour periods to look for courses.
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When does university clearing close?
Clearing closes on 20 October 2020.
University clearing: 2020 timeline
30 June 2020
The deadline to apply to a specific university course. All applications after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing by Ucas.
5 July 2020
The last date for students to add an extra choice to an existing Ucas application.
6 July 2019
13 August 2020
A-level results day: Students can receive their results from 6am.
For students going through clearing, it is advisable to bring their Ucas letter and contact details for any firm and insurance university offers they have when they go to collect their results.
They should also bring their Ucas personal ID number, details of their qualifications (including GCSEs) as well as copies of personal statements and references.
20 October 2020
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