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.
- Full application
- 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.