Clearing is there to help students secure a place at university, yet the process is often forgotten about when applying for university. As a student who got into university thanks to the clearing system, I present a guide on the ins-and-outs of the clearing process.

Clearing can be used if you didn’t receive any offers (or you didn’t want to accept the offers you received), you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers or if you’re applying after 30th June. You can re-apply for universities that rejected you (I was rejected due to technical mishaps but was accepted through the clearing process).

Clearing is the process of how universities fill the vacant places they still have on their courses. Through the clearing system you can find available vacancies on courses that interest you. You’re then free to contact the university directly, to see they will be willing to accept you on to the course.

Firstly, you need to register for UCAS (which most of you will have) and you’ll proceed to receive a clearing number. The UCAS website offers advice and videos  on using the clearing system and the vacancy search tool will be explained.

On UCAS track, you’ll be informed that you’re in clearing by either ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started.’ Don’t worry if track doesn’t say either of these, as the system might be waiting for your results to be updated.

Now let Clearing 2018 begin:

1. Get Clearing advice.

Speak to your school career advisor/s to work through the different courses/subjects available to you.

2. See what’s available to you.

It’s a bit of a race against time to nab those vacancies, especially for popular courses. Don’t lose heart if your desired course isn’t available. Be open to joint honours courses where you can study a mix of subjects. It’s a good idea to regularly check the search tool as universities will be updating course information often over the clearing period in an attempt to fill out their courses.

3. Speak to the university.

Before you can add a Clearing choice to track, you must call your desired university to give them your Clearing number (which is on UCAS track) and personal ID, so they can view your application. Universities can reconsider you even if you applied earlier on in the year. It’s also a good idea to know what you’re getting into so if you can visit the university, do so (if that’s not possible, see if it has a virtual tour).

4. Add your Clearing choice to track.

You can only add a Clearing choice once the university has given you permission to do so. On the Clearing UCAS page click ‘Add Clearing choice’ and proceed to fill in the course details provided to you by the university you contacted. You’ve now accepted the university’s offer which means it will now show as an acceptance on your ‘Choices’ page. You can only add one Clearing choice at a time so if you fail to get accepted, don’t fret, as you’ll be able to add another Clearing choice.

This may all sound a tad daunting, but once you begin the process you’ll find it relativity straight-forward.

Good luck!

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