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How Clearing works

Some of our most successful students apply through Clearing. Don’t take our word for it – read some of those students’ Clearing stories.

Dont currently have an offer from a university?

Am I eligible to apply though Clearing?

You will be eligible to apply through Clearing if:

You didn't meet the entry requirements for your chosen universities on UCAS

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

You 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.

  1. Full application
  2. Apply directly
You didn’t receive any offers on UCAS

You will have automatically be 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.

You 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. 

How do I apply through Clearing?

Each university will have information on their website regarding which courses are available through Clearing.

When you have shortlisted institutions and courses that compliment your interests, make sure you have everything on our clearing checklist to hand:

  • Your UCAS Personal ID number
  • Your Clearing number (found on your UCAS Track page)
  • Qualifications you hold and grade achieved (universities can only hep you if you have received your results)
  • The name of the course you wish to study
  • Pen & paper to write down any questions you want to ask and important information you are given
  • A quiet place where you won’t be disturbed

Start ringing the individual universities. Once you have provided them with the relevant information the university will be able to tell you whether or not you meet their requirements.

When does Clearing open?

A common clearing myth is that clearing doesn’t open till A Level results day when in fact it runs from Monday 6th July 2020 until late September.

Once you have all of your results – and if you meet the entry requirements – we can offer you a place.

I want to defer until next September; can I apply through Clearing?

Unfortunately, we are not able to consider applications for the following year's entry though Clearing.

The best advice would be to consider your course and university choices and apply through the normal UCAS cycle, beginning in September.

How do I accept my Clearing offer?

You will receive an email confirming your offer and you will be able to accept it via UCAS Track after 3pm on A Level results day.

Already have an offer from a university?

I didn't meet my expected grades, can I still get in?

Even if you haven’t met your UCAS offer and your grades aren’t quite what you were hoping for, there are universities that want you.

Some universities decide to still accept students who applied and missed their offers, so before you consider Clearing make sure you have checked UCAS Track and have called your chosen university to speak to their admissions department.

If you didn’t meet your grades university may still be an option for you. Remember, you aren’t the only one that missed their offer, therefore there are lots of universities looking to fill their places – it’s in their interest to do so.

At St Mary's, we offer four-year degrees with a foundation year, which are specifically designed for those looking to study at university, but don't have the traditional grades required for most degree programmes. 

I’ve got better results than expected, can I apply through Clearing?

Yes you can! If you meet the entry requirements for your course, but change your mind, you can enter the ‘Adjustment’ process.

You will need to contact your firm and insurance universities to release yourself from their offer. Once you’ve done this, you can apply for any other course available in Clearing.

Can I change my course through Clearing?

Many universities will allow you to change which course you plan to study.

If you have an offer to study at St Mary's, call our hotline on 020 8240 4225 and our admissions team will confirm whether you meet the requirements for the course you wish to switch to.

Can I defer my place?

Yes, if you contact the university who you are intending to study at they should be able to defer your place until the next academic year.

I'm already studying at another uni - can I transfer via Clearing?

Yes you can. If you would like to transfer to St Mary's from another university you will need to contact our Admissions Team.

Can I withdraw my application?

Yes, if you contact the university who you are intending to study at they will assist with withdrawing your application.


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After you apply

Getting ready for university

Should I update my student loan application if I go through Clearing?

To make sure that you receive the correct funding as soon as possible, update your Student Finance application to reflect your new course and institution by logging into your online account.

St Mary’s University is a London University so you will be eligible for the London allowance of maintenance Loan.

If you need any assistance, the Funding Service are available to help:

Email:  studentfundingservice@stmarys.ac.uk 
Tel: 020 8240 2389

I haven't applied for a student loan yet, am I too late?

Applications usually take from four to six weeks to process. However, if Student Finance England (SFE) requires any further information, the process will take longer.

If you haven't already applied, we advice that you do so as soon as you can.

If you need any assistance, the Funding Service are available to help:

Email:  studentfundingservice@stmarys.ac.uk 
Tel: 020 8240 2389

What accommodation is available?

A range of University Accommodation is available to St Mary's applications. Rooms are allocated according to our Accommodation Allocation Policy.

All on campus accommodation is catered with two meals a day supplied as part of the meal plan.

The Accommodation Team can also help you find off-campus accommodation.

What support is available if I have a disability?

If you have a medical condition, disability, specific learning difficulty or mental health condition and would like to know more about the support that is available or would like to speak to someone about putting support in place, please contact the Wellbeing Team:

Email:  wellbeing@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4363

Are there any scholarships available?

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. For some of these, if you are eligible you will automatically be considered, whereas you may need to apply for others.

Studying at St Mary's

Can I visit St Mary's before I begin my studies?

We run a series of Open Days throughout the year, as well as weekly campus tours every Wednesday.

You are welcome to visit at whenever best suits you.

How do I get to St Mary's?

St Mary's is very accessible via public transport. Strawberry Hill train station is a five minute walk from campus and travels directly to London Waterloo via Kingston or Richmond. The District and Overground lines also run from Richmond.

The number 33 bus stops directly outside the University, with many other routes stopping within a ten minute walk.

If you are travelling from far away on move-in day, the University is only 15 minutes from the M3 and 20 minutes from the M4 and M25.

Lots of travel information and local maps are available.

What can I do when I'm not studying?

The St Mary's Students' Union (SMSU) organise a wide range of social activities and also managed the sports clubs and socities.

Students are also able to purchase gym memberships at a discount and attend our range of fitness classes.

If you're just looking to sit back and relax, the Dolce Vita Cafe (featuring Starbucks) offers a great spot to chat with friends, with some great views available from the outside seating.

Where can I work during my studies?

Our Careers Team can offer advice about part-time jobs available in the local area.

As well as listing local job vacancies, the team can also help to develop your CV and prepare you for interviews.

Where is St Mary's? What's the local area like?

St Mary’s location is hard to beat. The University has all the advantages of a great London location along with the peace of a beautiful self contained campus in the safe, leafy suburb of Strawberry Hill.

KingstonRichmond and central London are close by so you’ll find plenty of things to do.