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Guide to Clearing

Have you secured your confirmed place?

Head of Admissions and Access, Roisin McEvoy explains everything you need to know about securing your place at Queen's.

Preparing your Plan B

Perhaps you didn't quite get the results you wanted. That is ok, hear from Head of Admissions and Access, Rosin McEvoy about your alternative routes to Higher Education. 

What is Clearing?

Clearing is another way to find a place at university, perhaps one you never thought of or even considered before. Many of our students got their dream place at Queen's through Clearing and considered it one of their best moves ever.

UCAS complete Clearing guide

Our Clearing Vacancies

Our clearing vacancies are listed on our website with information to help you make the best of the clearing process. You should ensure that you can satisfy the subject requirements for any of the courses for which you decide to apply.

Clearing Vacancies

How to Apply

Call our Clearing hotline on +44(0)28 9244 3498 to discuss your options if you are from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Great Britain or Islands. If you are an International / EU (Non-ROI) student, you can apply via this enquiry form

Enquiry form

How to add a clearing choice on UCAS

Logon to UCAS Track. This will tell you if you're eligible for Clearing. If so, you'll see an 'Add Clearing choice' option, on your Track 'choices' screen, to accept a place on a course you have been offered through Clearing.

UCAS Track

Talk to Us

We're here to listen and give you the best possible advice to get you the place you want at Queen's. 

The Clearing hotline will open on Thursday 18 August. Be prepared to talk about your qualifications and grades including GCSEs. Ask questions; Admissions tutors want you to find out as much as you can to make sure it is the right course for you.

Having a copy of your personal statement in front of you is useful, as a reminder to why you wanted to study a specific subject in the first place.

Talk to us

What Happens Next

If having considered your application, we are able to offer you a place, we will contact you by phone or email. 

Either way, you will have your offer confirmed in an email from the University.

Once you have the offer email from us you will be prompted to refer yourself through UCAS track within five days. The deadline to reply is 5:00pm on 24 August.

Get your UCAS Decision

Check our live UCAS website here to track your application.

Check your UCAS decision

How do we make our decisions?

We carefully assess all applications to the University as we want to ensure our courses are the right fit for you. We’ll look at whether your grades meet our requirements and also the numbers of places available on the course.

In some circumstances, if we’re unable to offer you a place on the course you applied for we may offer you an alternative.

Waiting on a decision?

Keep checking your UCAS Track account. Decisions will be updated twice a day, at 9am and 2pm. 

Got an Offer?

For students who are accepted, visit our My Queen's website. This includes information about your first few weeks, starting your course at Queen's and teaching arrangements.

Getting ready for Queen's

Applying for Accommodation

New Students are guaranteed university accommodation. You can find out more and apply here.

Apply for Accommodation

Other helpful info - Clearing Plus

UCAS have a new Clearing tool to help you find your perfect course. It tells you what UCAS know about the types of students universities are looking for and suggest some courses you might like. A university/student matchmaker if you like.

What is Clearing Plus? 


Take your time to explore alternative options to make the best decision for you. If you don't get the grades to get straight into university, you don't have to move away from Northern Ireland.

Study a foundation degree or other higher education qualification at one of Northern Ireland’s six further education colleges or other local institutions then progress to complete your degree at Queen’s University or other local institutions, or enter full time employment.

Routes to University

Top Tips for Navigating the Clearing Process

There are many reasons to go through Clearing. Perhaps you’ve chosen to decline your offers, or you missed out on your grades. No matter, Clearing has many options for you.

Blog: Top tips for Clearing   

Why I Chose Queen's

“Four years ago, I didn't get the results I wanted. My options were either take a year out and resit or go through Clearing. So, I started looking online and recognised Queen's. It was a Russell Group University, and that's what I wanted. I remember ringing up and the staff were so lovely and helpful and gave me a verbal offer, there and then.

“I didn't really know about Belfast, I found out it was a city university which is what I really wanted. It's affordable, the most affordable in the UK, which if you're a student, is what you want. I did a one-to-one talk, accepted the offer, flew over, did a tour of Queen's and Belfast; I moved over in September – I've never regretted it.”

Roisin, Greater Manchester, went on to study MA Mechanical Engineering

More Student Clearing experiences

Realise Your Potential

Clearing might seem daunting, as it may change plans you thought were set in stone. However, we see it as an opportunity, a chance for you to discover something new and life-changing, to fully realise your potential.

A world-class university

With Russell Group prestige, teaching inspired by excellence in research, and subjects ranked in the world top 200, Queen's really is like no other.

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