UCAS and clearing play a pivotal role in offering students a second opportunity to secure a place at a university. With universities releasing a comprehensive list of available courses during clearing, this process has become increasingly popular among students. In 2022 alone, nearly 67,000 students utilised UCAS clearing, with approximately 20,000 releasing themselves from their initial offers. But why might you consider using UCAS clearing?
There are several compelling reasons to use the clearing process:
Considering your course options? Here are some of the most sought-after undergraduate subjects available through clearing:
You can use clearing if you fall into any of these categories:
Mature students and BTEC students can also apply through clearing without age or qualification restrictions. International students can use clearing if they meet the eligibility criteria and have already made an application through UCAS. Apply as soon as you have your grades to allow time for visa processing.
Navigating clearing is straightforward. Follow these steps:
You can apply directly to a university. Ensure you provide results, a personal statement, and a reference. This process, known as Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA), allows direct entry. Not all universities offer this option, so check with your chosen institution.
Yes, clearing operates on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s essential to research and be ready to contact universities on results day. Courses fill up quickly, and once they’re full, they are removed from clearing.
You can apply to multiple universities through UCAS clearing but add one course at a time to your UCAS Hub. Ensure you don’t miss acceptance deadlines for informal offers.
UCAS self-release allows you to enter clearing if you hold a firm offer but wish to explore other options. Clearing Plus helps you review university choices and matches you with alternative courses.
Be prepared for different outcomes, create a plan, and seek support from teachers, tutors, or family members if stressed. Student Minds offers valuable mental health resources.
If clearing doesn’t work out, consider taking a gap year to re-sit exams and reapply for your desired course in the following year. Research your options thoroughly before making a decision. UCAS clearing is a valuable opportunity to secure a place at a university that aligns with your goals and aspirations. With careful planning and research, you can make the most of this chance to shape your educational journey.