Clearing Information

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


See what courses are available

Use the UCAS search tool ( 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.  

Local University Clearing Hotlines

Arden University

0121 314 0684

Aston University

0800 917 5923

Birmingham City University

0121 331 6777

University of Birmingham

Register for a clearing alert at:

Check website on results day for Hotline number

University College Birmingham

0121 604 1040

Coventry University

02476 888 888

University of Law

0808 253 0091

Newman University

0121 476 1181

University of Warwick

02476 533 544

University of Wolverhampton

01902 518585

University of Worcester

01905 855 111