Your guide to Clearing

We understand that Clearing can be a bit daunting to get your head around, so we’re here to help explain what Clearing is and how it works, as well as offering you our top tips and guidance to support you in finding your ideal course and making your Clearing application. If you’re ready to apply before clearing, you can submit a late application to secure your place.

Key dates

5 July – Clearing is open! You can start researching for your perfect course and place of study, whether you’re thinking of changing your course choice, applying to university for the first time, or want to research your back up options. 9 August – Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) results will be published. If you took your exams in Scotland, your SQA results will be published on 9 August. 18 August – A-Level and BTEC Results day! Your UCAS track will show your application status. You’ll know if you’re in Clearing if your status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’. Remember, if you want to decline your firm place, you can follow the on-screen prompts and then you can enter Clearing. 18 October– Last chance to add a Clearing choice. Today is the final deadline to add a Clearing choice to UCAS track.

Key tips and advice for applying through Clearing

  • keep calm and try not to stress – Lots of your peers are now choosing to go through Clearing. If this wasn’t in your original plan, try not to worry and use Clearing to your advantage to help you find a great University place
  • do your research - Make a list of possible Clearing courses and universities you’re interested in ahead of when Clearing opens. This will help you decide on your priorities and know what to look out for once Clearing listings have been published
  • apply as soon as you have your results – Remember Clearing works on a first come first serve basis, so if you know what course you want to choose, don’t delay and get your application in
  • for an immediate response we recommend applying via our online application form. However, if you need to make an application over the phone, then always phone the university yourself and have your UCAS Clearing number to hand as universities are unable to discuss your application with anyone else due to data protection. Unless, of course, you have a disability that prevents you from doing this
  • keep an eye on the UCAS Hub – Regularly check the UCAS Hub and the status of your application. Remember, if you refer yourself to Herts on the UCAS Hub, don’t panic if you don’t hear from us as quick as you would like to! Our Admissions team will be working very hard to verify results during this busy period.
  • look after your wellbeing – Don’t forget to look after yourself, and get the support you need from family and friends.