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What is Clearing?

Clearing is your opportunity to find a place on a degree course, with places available, even if you missed your UCAS offer or don’t have a university place. 

Is Clearing for you?

You are eligible for Clearing if you meet one of the follwoing criteria:

I missed my grades for my chosen university

If you missed your grades you will have automatically been entered into Clearing and your UCAS Track status will say 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started', this is also where you will find your Clearing number.

I have not applied to university yet

If you have yet to apply to university on UCAS, or directly through a university, you are not too late - in fact you have two options:

  • Full application: you can make a full application through UCAS and pay the £23 fee. Once you've done your application as normal, including a personal statement, you will be eligible to talk to universities. When you find a suitable place, you will be able to refer yourself to them online after 3pm.
  • Apply directly: we can make you an offer using a record of prior acceptance. We will collect a small amount of information about you and then enter the details into the UCAS system. However, please note that not all universities offer this option.
I didn't receive any offers on UCAS

You will have automatically been entered into Clearing on A Level results day and your Track status will say 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started', this is also where you will find your Clearing number.

I have a place through UCAS but want to swap to St Mary's

Ring your chosen first and insurance place universities and ask them to release you, so you can enter Clearing.