Guide to Clearing

Everything you need to know about UCAS Clearing including; What clearing is, who can apply, when and how to apply, what courses are available, and top tips.

What is UCAS Clearing?

UCAS Clearing is an opportunity to find a place at University before the academic term starts. From 5th July 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 on the course, and you haven’t accepted a place at another University.

For example, maybe:

  • You’re not holding an offer from a university
  • Or, you have decided you now wish to attend university for the upcoming academic year

Applicants to all of our undergraduate courses need to apply through UCAS.


When is Clearing Open?

Clearing is from 5 July and closes in October (or when course capacities are met.)

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


Which Courses are Open for Applications?

The following courses are currently open for applications via Clearing:

  • BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation
  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Health Science
  • Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons)


How to Apply

To apply through Clearing you will need to speak to our admissions team.

You can speak to us via email at

Or, you can call our Clearing Hotline on 01202 436315

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:

  • 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.


Clearing Plus

This year our courses in clearing are advertised on Clearing Plus UCAS, log in to your account on UCAS Hub and select Clearing Plus.

Clearing Plus 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. You can submit an expression of interest to 5 institutions through Clearing Plus, or you can of course contact us directly at or call us on 01202 436315.


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 Tours

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 if you would like to take a visit for a campus tour before you start.


My Clearing Story

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Ano, a member of our chiropractic alumni, talks about her own experience of applying through Clearing. Read more >


UCAS How to Guide:

Watch this helpful 3 minute video from UCAS about Clearing eligibility, questions you could ask us and expert advice to find out if it's the right next step for you.

Clearing Hotline

Call today to speak to us about your Clearing application: 01202 436315


Email Admissions

Our admissions team are happy to answer any questions about clearing that you may have, please send your inquiries to Speak to the admissions team
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