No Uni Offers – Find a place in UCAS Clearing
Clearing is open from 5 July and closes on 17 October 2023
Ask for clearing advice
Talk to an adviser at your school or college or contact Birmingham Careers Service – they can talk you through alternative courses/subjects. If you’re applying independently, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Clearing process on www.ucas.com
See what courses are available
Use the UCAS search tool (https://www.ucas.com/clearing-launch) to find courses – it’s the only official vacancy list, so it’s the most up to date. If you can’t find the course you’re looking for:
- consider different subjects – you don’t have to stick with your original idea. You could also look at joint honours courses, so you can study a mix of subjects
- keep checking – unis update their course information regularly. You might not find the exact unis/colleges/courses you were looking for – some might be full, but some might get vacancies later on
- check the course details – how is it structured each year? What modules make up each year? What are the entry requirements?
Clearing Plus: As an Applicant in Clearing you can click the ‘My matches’ button in your application, to see a list of courses you’ve been personally matched to. You can tell universities and courses if you’re ‘interested’, and your details will be passed to the provider to consider. If the provider has places, they’ll be in touch.
Contact any Universities or colleges you're interested in
Before you add a Clearing choice in your application on the UCAS hub, you need to contact the university/college and give them your Clearing number (you can find this in your application), and Personal ID, so they can look it up.
- Ask if they’d accept you – they might reconsider you (maybe for the same course) even if you applied to them earlier in the year.
- Get informal offers – maybe from a variety of universities and colleges – then decide which one you want to accept.
- Ask about accommodation options – are there any on-campus?
- Take a look around the campus – if you have the time, it’s the best way to see what a university/college is like – most will be happy to meet you and show you around. Alternatively, see if they have a virtual tour or virtual open day.
Add your Clearing choice in your application
Only add a Clearing choice once you have permission from the university or college.
- Click ‘Add Clearing choice’ and fill in the course details by the date the university/college gave you.
- This counts as you definitely accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it’ll show as an acceptance on your ‘Choices’ page in your application.
- You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn’t confirm your place, you’ll be able to add another.
- If the university/college confirms your place, find your student accommodationand then make sure you get everything ready to start your studies.