A Clear Guide to Clearing

Everything you need to know about UCAS Clearing. In this guide we have included; What clearing is, who can apply, when and how to apply, what courses are available, and our top tips.

What is UCAS Clearing?

UCAS Clearing is an opportunity to find a place at University before the academic term starts. Each summer you can apply through Clearing to see if there is availability to join a course prior to the start of term.

Clearing is open to:

  • Anyone who matches the course requirements (provided there is space left)
  • Anyone applying after 30 June
  • Anyone that has not accepted any offers
  • Anyone that has paid the UCAS multiple choice application fee (£27)
  • Anyone that has declined their firm place
Student studying in private space in Library

When is Clearing Open?

Clearing 2023 opens 05 July and closes 17 October (or when course capacities are met).

You can apply as soon as you have your exam results.

How to Apply

Once Clearing is open, you can apply by speaking to our admissions team.

We will speak to you about your eligibility to undertake the course, and advise whether or not an offer of a place of study can be made to you.

Before you contact us, you will need A UCAS Personal ID Number & Details of your qualifications.

If you haven’t applied to university before, you will to register through UCAS before you speak to us.

Register through UCAS

Top Tips Before You Get In Touch

Be prepared: Before you speak to our team make sure you have all the relevant documents and information. UCAS number, qualification information etc.

Do your research: We recommend doing some research about the course before you speak to us, and that way you can ask us any questions that might come up while you’ve been researching.

Personal Statement: Have a personal statement ready relevant to the course you are applying to. (if this is different to you existing UCAS statement, make amendments accordingly)

Clearing Campus Tour

Come and see our beautiful campus for yourself at one of our Clearing Campus Tours. There really is nothing like seeing AECC University College yourself to get an idea of what life is like at our small and specialist university. Reach out and email us through openday@aecc.ac.uk if you would like to take a visit for a campus tour before you start.

Email Admissions

Our admissions team are happy to answer any questions about clearing that you may have, please send your inquiries to admissions@aecc.ac.uk.


Clearing Plus

Clearing Plus UCAS is an additional tool that helps students who are not holding a firm place anywhere else, to express an interest in a university course in clearing.

Find out more


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