UCAS Clearing

Put simply, UCAS clearing is a way for students who don’t have an offer of a place or who didn’t get the grades they needed for a place to still go to Uni. Once all results are released, students will know whether or not their place at University is secured, if they don’t have sufficient UCAS points from their A-Level grades, then they will enter clearing.

Universities use clearing as a way to fill places on Degree courses, so there is usually a wide range of both subjects and available universities for students to apply to. The UCAS clearing system is available from July until October, so there is plenty of time for students to browse through all the available places and make informed decisions on where they would like to study.

Is getting on a Degree Course through UCAS Clearing bad?

Although you may feel like a failure for not achieving the grades you needed to get onto your first choice of course, opting to study an alternate Degree found through clearing isn’t always such a bad thing! Often students are surprised at the options available and find themselves enjoying their new Degree course far more than their initial choices.

What do I do if I can’t find a Degree I like through Clearing?

The most important thing is to not panic. If you can’t find an alternate Degree to go on and study, it’s not the end of the world, you just need to have a think about your next steps forward. For some it will be the case of retaking their A-Levels to get better grades and then progress on to Uni later on. For others, it will be a case of entering the workplace or even joining an Apprenticeship to progress their learning journey.

If you would like to speak with one of our Student Services Team to get some advice and ideas on your options, get in touch and we will be more than happy to help and talk through your options.