Guide to clearing

We discuss what clearing is, courses open for clearing at AECC University College, whether it will suit you, what you need to do, who you need to call and provide some top tips.

What is clearing?

Clearing is part of the UCAS application process and allows students who are either:

- not holding any offers from universities or colleges they’ve applied to


- have not received confirmation of their place after exam results are published

- another chance at finding a place at university for that academic year.

Is it relevant to me?

Clearing is open to all students who have applied for undergraduate courses and:

- Have declined any offers they’ve received

- Have been declined by the university/universities they’ve applied to

- Have not received confirmation of their place after exam results are published

If you’re not holding any offers by the 30th June and you’ve received your exam results but haven’t been confirmed a place at university, you can apply through Clearing.

If you haven’t applied anywhere so far, you can still apply through Clearing but first you need to register through UCAS.

Find out more information at the UCAS website

When is Clearing?

Clearing runs from 5 July to 23 October. 
You can email our admissions team before this time with any queries you may have on a clearing application.  Our clearing hotline (01202 436 375) to potentially offer course places will be open on the 5th of July. 

Who’s open in Clearing?

Not all universities and courses will be open for Clearing but you’ll notice that there will be a good variety of options. Not all courses that are open in Clearing will be listed on the UCAS website, so the best thing to do is to visit the university website and call directly.

Our following courses are open through Clearing:

Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Health Science

If any of them look like the right course for you, do not hesitate to contact our helpful Admissions team. They will provide you with more information, answer any questions you have and will help you through the application process. Email or from the 5th of July call our clearing hotline on: 01202 436 375

What do I need to do? / How does Clearing work?

If you’ve already applied during the normal or Extra application period, you will automatically go into Clearing. If you haven't already applied, you need to register with UCAS and make an application.

UCAS will contact you with further details on the next steps and your UCAS Clearing number which you will need later on. You'll know you're in Clearing if your Track status says 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'. If Track doesn't say either of these yet, it might just be waiting for your results to update.

Once that is sorted you need to pick up the phone and start calling the universities which you’d like to attend. Be prepared that you might have an informal chat and receive an offer right away, so have your Clearing number, your UCAS track number, your qualifications, grades and personal statement on hand in case you get asked for them. It’s always good practice to do some research on the universities and the courses you’re applying to and to write down some questions beforehand.

If you do get a verbal offer from a university add your Clearing choice in Track. Only add a Clearing choice once you have permission from the university or college. They should provide you with the course details by the date which you’ll need to fill in your Clearing application.

This counts as you definitely accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it'll show as an acceptance on your 'Choices' page in Track. 

You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn't confirm your place, you'll be able to add another.

Find out more information at the UCAS website.

Top tips on how to make your mark through Clearing

Be ahead of the game

Think about what were the ‘crucial’ factors which made you choose your initial courses/universities. Was it the location, the course content, the student lifestyle? If you can pinpoint them you can find other universities or courses which cover these criteria as well.

Be prepared before you make the call. Have all the relevant documents, UCAS and Clearing numbers on hand. Write down any questions you might have and do some research on your chosen course and university.

If possible, attend an Open Day. Most universities hold an Open Day during Clearing which is a great opportunity to explore the university before making the final decision. We will be holding an Open Day on the 17th August.

Consider this as an opportunity, not a setback. Clearing might provide you with new and exciting opportunities, different ideas and options which you might not have previously considered. The application process is much more flexible now and universities know that, therefore many of them will be open in Clearing.

Don’t panic. You still have a chance of securing a place at university and studying a course you will enjoy. Panicking won’t help you. Make a plan, find universities and courses you like, make the call and if you do have worries or you feel panicked, talk to us by calling our clearing hotline on: 01202 436 375, talk to your friends, family, career advisors. Don’t let fear stop you.

Good luck!