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Clearing UCAS Clearing 2017 – The complete guide

If you’ve yet to secure a place for university, don’t panic. You’ll be eligible for UCAS Clearing if you: 

  • applied through UCAS after 30 June
  • have not received any offers
  • have rejected all your offers
  • have not met the conditions of your offer
  • have not made an application yet

What is UCAS Clearing?

Clearing is the process where you can apply for courses that still have places available. Applicants contact us directly to see if we’ll accept them. Once you have received a verbal offer from us, this offer can be accepted through UCAS Track.

Am I eligible for Clearing?

You’ll know if you're eligible for Clearing once your Track status says “You are in Clearing” or “Clearing has started”. If your status has not been updated, it’s possible your application is still under consideration, even if you’ve not met the conditions of your offer. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to call the university you have a conditional offer for.

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What if I haven’t applied yet?

To make an application through Clearing, you need to register to apply via the UCAS website. The application should be completed as normal, including your personal statement. No course choices can be added at this stage.

Once you’ve completed your application you’ll receive a welcome email from UCAS, which allows you to access the Track system. As its name suggests, UCAS Track lets you follow your application progress online. The Track service will provide you with your Clearing Number, which you’ll need when phoning us about vacancies.

When does Clearing start?

Clearing officially opens on 5 July and closes in mid-September.

Am I eligible for Clearing?

What is UCAS Adjustment?

UCAS Adjustment can be used if you’ve achieved better results than expected. It allows students who’ve met or exceeded expectations for a firm conditional offer to swap places for another course. 

UCAS Adjustment allows students who’ve met or exceeded expectations for a firm conditional offer to swap places for another course. 

Strathclyde is participating in Adjustment and it runs from 17 - 31 August. You need to register for Adjustment through UCAS Track and you’ll have five days to decide if you want to swap your choice of course.

Clearing advice line

Our advice line is open from Tuesday 8 August to Friday 25 August 2017 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (local time).

Frequently asked questions and queries

I have met the conditions of my offer. When will I hear from the University?

If you have met the conditions of your offer the University will confirm to UCAS that we are offering you a place. This will then be updated on UCAS Track which you should check for updates.

The University has many offers to process and it may take some time for us to update UCAS. Therefore if your status has not changed at first, please check again later. 

If your offer still has not been updated by Friday 11th August, please contact the University’s Admissions Team on:

I am going to appeal my results. What should I do?

If you are holding a conditional offer and have not met your conditions but are making an appeal, please contact us for advice on 0800 389 3931.

I have been unsuccessful. Who can I speak to for advice?

If you have been unsuccessful we can offer advice of what options are available to you as possible alternatives. Please call the Advice Line on 0800 389 3931.

I’m returning to school for 6th year. Who can I contact for advice about my subject choices?

Our Senior Phase Leaflet 2017 offers guidance to help you make your subject choices.

If after reading this you still have questions, you can contact the Advice Line on 0800 389 3931.

Can postgraduates apply through Clearing?
Postgraduate applications are handled directly by each university. The exception being the PGDE teaching qualification. You can find information on our PGDE vacancies on our website.