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ClearingUniversity Clearing – the complete guide to how it works

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've received an offer email from us, this offer can be accepted through UCAS Track.

Am I eligible for Clearing?

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

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 6 July 2020 and closes in mid-September.

Can postgraduates apply through Clearing?

Postgraduate applications are handled directly by each university, the exception being the PGDE teaching qualification.

Find out more about our postgraduate taught/masters and postgraduate research degrees.

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 13 - 31 August 2020. 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.

Find out more about how UCAS Adjustment works.