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 top tips and guidance to support you in finding your ideal course and making your Clearing application.

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Clearing is open!
If you already have your grades, you can apply to your chosen course through Clearing! If not, sign up to our Clearing tips and we'll help you through your Clearing journey.

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Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) results day
If you took your exams in Scotland, your SQA results will be published on this day!

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A-Level and BTEC Results day!
Your UCAS Hub 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, you can decline your firm place if you want to enter Clearing.

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Last chance to add a Clearing choice
Today is the final deadline to add a Clearing choice to the UCAS Hub.

All about Clearing

Our top tips for applying through Clearing

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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

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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.

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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.

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Apply online where possible

For an immediate response we recommend applying via our online application form. If you need to make an application over the phone, always phone the university yourself and have your UCAS Clearing number to hand. 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 so.

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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 quickly as you'd like to! Our Admissions team will be working very hard to verify results during this busy period.

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Look after your wellbeing

Don’t forget to look after yourself, and get the support you need from family and friends.

Your questions answered