FAQs about Clearing

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a service that helps people without a university or college place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses.

The main Clearing period begins on the date when A level results are released in mid-August.

Clearing Vacancies available at Queen's are listed on our website. The pages are regularly updated during the Clearing period, and include information on what people should do if they need to make use of the Clearing process.

For vacancies at other institutions please visit the UCAS website.

 

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Who can use clearing?

Most people who use Clearing have already applied through UCAS but have not secured a place on a course.

You will be able to go through Clearing if:

  • you hold no offers and you have not withdrawn from the UCAS scheme;
  • your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions;
  • you declined your offers or your offers were declined by default; or 
  • you have applied after 30 June.

If you are eligible for Clearing, you will be advised of this via your UCAS Track account.

Please note that candidates who made a single choice application are not eligible for Clearing unless they pay an additional fee. Candidates in this position should contact UCAS.

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How does Clearing work?

The Clearing process runs from the middle of July and helps to place students who applied late or have not secured a place on courses where there are still spaces.

You will need to be available in person to deal with admissions tutors and make decisions. Plan your summer holiday so you are at home when your exam results come out.

In Clearing, you can apply for any course that has places left. You do not need to keep to the same subjects for which you first applied.

Vacancies available at Queen's will be published on this website. Our vacancies, along with those for other institutions, will also be published from the middle of August until late September on the UCAS website. Check the lists for courses that interest you and then contact the university or college to ask if it will accept you. It is a good idea to do this yourself because the admissions tutor will want to speak to you personally, not a parent or teacher. An admissions tutor who is seriously interested in you will ask you to refer your application to the university using your UCAS Track account.

DO NOT refer your application to a university or college unless they ask you to do so.

If you find a place through Clearing, UCAS will update your UCAS Track account accordingly.

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What do I need to do?

Do not panic if you did not get the exam grades you had hoped for and your offer is not confirmed. If you are flexible and you have reasonable exam results, there is still a good chance you could find another course through Clearing.

If you are eligible for Clearing, you do not need to ask UCAS for details. UCAS will make the details available to your via your UCAS Track account. Make a note of your Clearing Number and UCAS Personal ID number. You will need to quote these during Clearing.

Talk to your careers adviser and parents about which courses and subjects would be most suitable for you, particularly if your original UCAS application was unsuccessful. Next, find out which courses have vacancies and make a note of the ones in which you are interested.

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Where can I find the official course vacancy listings?

Vacancies available at Queen's will be published on this website. Our vacancies, along with those for other institutions, will also be published on the UCAS website at http://www.ucas.ac.uk/. UCAS will have an interactive Clearing course search from A level results day.

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I have made a list of courses. Now what?

Start contacting the universities and colleges about the courses that interest you. UCAS recommend that you telephone, fax or email. Keep your Clearing Number handy - you will be asked for your UCAS Personal ID number, Clearing Number and exam results.

For vacancies available at Queen's please refer to the Clearing Vacancy section of this website and follow the instructions about applying for a place.

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What do I do when a university or college offers me a place?

If a university or college is happy that you meet their requirements, they will ask you to refer your application to the university using your UCAS Track account.

DO NOT refer your application to a university or college unless they ask you to do so.

Remember that your application can only be sent to one institution at a time. So if you are not convinced that the course is for you - remember you do not have to commit yourself. Only when you are certain you have found the right course go to your UCAS Track account and refer your application to your chosen university.

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How do I know if I have got a place?

When the university or college has received your Clearing application, it will register a decision with UCAS and you will be able to see this via your UCAS Track account.

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I have not applied to UCAS this year. Can I enter Clearing?

You must complete a UCAS application form. The easiest way to apply is online via the UCAS website. Once the form is processed UCAS will make your Clearing Number and UCAS Personal ID number available to you via your UCAS Track account.

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What if I cannot get a reference?

Send your application form to UCAS without one. You can always forward the reference to UCAS later or arrange for the reference to be forwarded to your chosen university/college.  You should check with the university or college you wish to apply to that they are happy to accept your application without a reference.

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What is the closing date?

UCAS will process application forms received until mid September. After this you must contact universities/colleges direct.

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When will my Clearing details be sent to me?

It depends on your circumstances but your Clearing details will definitely be made available to you as soon as you become eligible for Clearing. UCAS may be awaiting a decision from your Firm (CF) or Insurance (CI) choice in which case you are not eligible. Check your application on 'Track' for up to date information on your application status.

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Can I decline my place at Queen's and enter Clearing instead?

Your acceptance is a serious commitment and it is not possible to simply decline the place.

If you have been accepted to study at Queen's and you no longer wish to take up your place please fax or write, to the Admissions and Access Service, explaining why you wish to be released from your place. You should quote your UCAS Personal ID number and the course you have been accepted to study. You should note that if you are released from your place at Queen's the University is under no obligation to reinstate your offer. Therefore, you should only request to be released from your place after you have fully considered your plans.

Candidates are encouraged to make their requests as soon as possible so that their place may be allocated to another student.

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Can I decline my place at another university and enter Clearing for a place at Queen's?

Your acceptance is a serious commitment and it is not possible to simply decline the place.

You must contact the university/college concerned to discuss your reasons for wishing to decline their offer and they will advise you whether or not they are willing to release you from your commitment.

Before asking to be released from your place at another institution, you should contact the Admissions and Access Service at Queen's to ensure that you will be offered a place on your chosen course if you are eligible for Clearing. Students who get released from another institution should note that Queen's is under no obligation to accept them unless a place has been offered by a member of the Admissions and Access Service staff.

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Can I have my Clearing details before I get my A Level results?

Yes. If you are eligible for Clearing UCAS will automatically make your Clearing details available to you via your UCAS Track account. 

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Do I have to go into Clearing for the same courses that I put on my original application form?

No, you are free to contact any university/college for any course you are interested in.

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How many universities/colleges can I approach?

There is no limit to the number of universities/colleges that you can approach to enquire about vacancies during clearing. However, you may only refer your application to one university at a time.  It is important therefore that before referring your application that the university/college is going to accept you on to a course and that the course is for you.

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Can I apply through Clearing to start in 2015?

Yes, it is possible, with the agreement of the university/college. Your 'Acceptance in Clearing' letter from UCAS should state the Entry Date as 2015.

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What if I am away or on holiday during Clearing?

Do not be. It is best to make sure you are not away, so you can make the telephone calls yourself. Admissions tutors will want to see you or speak to you in person.

 

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