How does Clearing work?
Each year universities submit a list of courses available for Clearing, which can be found using the Clearing search tool on the UCAS website. If you already have a specific university in mind, you can find the courses they offer on their website. View the courses St Mary’s offer
If you find a course you like, you can contact the university directly. All universities run a Clearing hotline where you can discuss your options with a member of staff. When you contact the universities, you need to provide them with your Clearing Number and UCAS Personal ID, so they can access your application.
If you are offered a place at the university, you can accept it on UCAS track.
Please note: if you already have an offer from another university, you need to decline it before you can accept a new one.
How does Adjustment work?
Similarly to Clearing, you should begin by looking at the course vacancies using the search tool on the UCAS website. Then you can call the university to discuss the available vacancies. Make sure you tell them you are applying through adjustment and give them your Personal ID so they can access your application.
If a university is able to make you an offer, you will be asked if you would like to accept the offer. If you say yes, the university will add themselves to your choices, track will then update to say you have accepted the offer and you will be sent a confirmation letter.
Please note: you should make it clear to the university that you are still figuring out your options at this stage. You can only make one verbal agreement, so only say yes if you are absolutely certain!
How do I apply for Clearing?
There is no official application process for clearing, if you meet the eligibility requirements you can contact universities anytime during clearing.
However, if you are interested in studying at a particular university but are undecided on what course you wish to study, some universities will allow you to pre-register and then they will contact you when you receive your results.
How to apply to St Mary's
How do I apply for Adjustment?
To apply for Adjustment log into UCAS track and click 'Register for Adjustment' on the choices screen. Then you have five 24-hour periods to find a new course. If you have not found a course you like before the time runs out, don’t worry because you still have a place at your original firm offer.
How long does Clearing take?
The length of the Clearing process may vary depending on the individual. Some people may be fortunate enough to accept an offer from the first university they contact, but for others it may take time – a few days maybe even weeks and that’s okay! The most important thing to remember is you chose the university and course that is best for you.
How long does Adjustment last?
Currently the exact dates for Adjustment 2021 are yet to be confirmed. They will be published on the UCAS website later on in the year.