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The Ultimate Guide to Clearing 2022

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Whatever the future, explore your options with UA92.

Are you still looking for the right degree course? Are you keen to get started with your studies in September 2022?

It’s not too late – thousands of students got their uni place through UCAS Clearing last year. Here’s everything you need to know in our Ultimate Guide to Clearing 2022.

What is Clearing?

So, this is it – your last chance to apply for a course that still has places available for 2022 entry. Clearing is how Universities and other higher education providers fill any remaining places on their courses. Not everyone will go through Clearing but it’s important to know it’s an option if you need it and be prepared if things don’t quite go to plan on results day.

When is Clearing?

You’ll find the most up-to-date list of clearing vacancies by using the UCAS Search Tool. This will go live on Monday 5 July, and you’ll have until 19 October to apply. However, spaces are often filled on a first come, first served basis, so it’s best to act as soon as possible, for the best chance to get the right course for you.

Do I need to use Clearing?

It’s always a good idea to browse the clearing vacancies ahead of results day, even if you’re confident with your firm and insurance choices. There are lots of reasons why you might use Clearing to find a place at university. It could be that:

  • You’ve only just decided you want to continue with your studies and you’re applying after 30 June
  • You’ve had a change of heart or your circumstances have changed and you want to look at other options.
  • You didn’t receive any offers from your original UCAS application or you didn’t want to accept the offers you received.
  • You didn’t meet the conditions of your firm or insurance offers but still want to start university in 2022.

However, if you haven’t applied through UCAS previously, you’ve got your results and you know where you want to go and what you want to study, you may be able to apply directly to your chosen institution. Give the admissions team a quick call on 0300 131 9292 and they’ll be able to advise you on the best application route.

When will I get my results?

A-level results day is on Thursday 18 August. Other qualifications may vary slightly. In previous years BTEC results have been released to students on the same day as A-level results so its likely to be the same this year but best to check with your college. International Baccalaureate (IB) results come out earlier on Monday 5 July.

What will happen on results day?

Your school or college will let you know how and when you’ll be able to pick up your exam results. However, you should be able to login to your UCAS account from 8am on Thursday 18 August to view your status. Your status will depend on the outcome of your results. Here’s a guide to the different statuses and what they mean.

For the majority of students, results day will go one of two ways:

  • You get the results you need to meet the conditions of either your firm or insurance choice – Congratulations, you’re in! You’ve been firmly accepted at one of your choices. You don’t need to do anything further at this point. Track will update within 5-7 days and display your UCAS confirmation letter (AS12) which tells you more about what to do next. So go and celebrate!
  • You don’t get the results you need to get onto your coursefirst things first, don’t panic! Check your status in UCAS Track and see if you’ve been offered an alternative course. If you’re only a few marks short you might still be considered or you may choose to appeal your results. Remember if you accept the decision, all is not lost. You can search for a place on a course that has vacancies for 2022 entry, using the UCAS Search Tool. A full list of vacancies is also published in the Telegraph newspaper and some Universities will list their own vacancies on their website.
What to do if I’m in Clearing?

Your status on your UCAS account should say either ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’. You can then search the clearing vacancies using the tools mentioned above. Remember, courses will be filling places all the time so it’s best to use the online tool if possible as this will show the most up to date list. Once you have found a course you are interested in, you will need to make contact and speak to the admissions advisor. Make sure you have your clearing number and personal ID number to hand. Once you have a verbal offer you can go to ‘Your Choices’ section in your UCAS account and add a Clearing choice.

How do I apply to UA92 through Clearing? 

It’s really simple – just give us a call on 0300 131 9292 or email us at [email protected]. Have your results, UCAS Personal ID and Clearing number to hand and we will check you meet the entry requirements for the course. If all is well, we’ll make you a verbal offer over the phone and confirm via email. You can then login to your UCAS account and add the course as a clearing choice. You’ll need our institution code, which is U01 and the course code for the course you are applying for.

That’s it! You’re all done. We’ll invite you to one of the UA92 Clearing Open Day events and you’ll receive more information by email over the following days. So, relax, take a breath and get ready for starting your course in September.*

*We offer alternative start dates in November, January, February, April and June.

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