Guide to Clearing

We discuss what Clearing is, key dates, courses in clearing at AECC University College, your next steps and our top tips for considering your options. Remember you don't need your results to get started, apply early to take the pressure off you on your results day.

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 2020 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.

One of our Master of Chiropractic students talks about how they got into AECC University College via Clearing; read Ano's clearing story here.

When is Clearing?

Clearing runs from 6th of July to 20th October 2020. 

If you’re waiting for your results,  let us know which course you are interested in along with your UCAS number, and we’ll let you know the information you need to be ready for results day. 

You can call or email our admissions team with any queries you may have on our courses open for Clearing.

Call our Clearing hotline on 01202 436 375 or contact them here:

Key dates

Clearing 2020 opens in July 2020. Key dates for your diary include:

• BTEC and other vocational courses: Clearing is open as soon as you get all your results in July or August

• International Baccalaureate results: Clearing opens on 6th July 2020

• A-level preview: A-level students can see which courses will be available through Clearing on 11th August 2020 but will not be able to apply until they have their results on 13th August 2020

• A-level results: Clearing opens on 13th August 2020

• Other European and international qualifications: Clearing opens as soon as you have all your results in July or August

Which courses are available through 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.

The following courses are open for Clearing 2020 at AECC University College:

Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Health Science

BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)

BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) 

If any of them look like the right course for you, get in touch for more information. The admissions team can check to see if your qualifications are suitable and provide you with more information on how to apply. Email alternatively the clearing hotline will be open early August 2020. 

What do I need to do? 

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 or emailing the universities which you’d like to attend. Be prepared that if you already have your results 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 UCAS 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 accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it'll show as an acceptance on your Choices page in UCAS 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.

If you have changed your course via Clearing and already applied for student finance, you will need to update your details with them. Don't worry if you missed the deadline; you still have up to 9 months after the start of the academic year to apply for student finance. If you need to find out more about fees and funding or wish to speak to our finance team visit: Fees and Funding

Top tips for Clearing

Be ahead of the game contact Universities early to explore your options.

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, study support, university accommodation? If you can pinpoint them you can find other universities or courses which cover these criteria as well.

Be prepared before you make or receive the call. Have all the relevant documents, UCAS and Clearing numbers on hand (available in UCAS Track). 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 although many will now be virtual, they are an excellent opportunity to explore more about the university before making the final decision. You can find out things that are important to you, too – like facilities, accommodation or study support. We will be holding an virtual undergraduate open day on 15th August 2020 and we'd love you to attend, book your place here

Consider Clearing as an opportunity and not a setback. The Clearing process may provide you with new and exciting opportunities,(read Ano's clearing story) 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, send the email, make the call and if you do have worries or you feel panicked, get in touch with us by emailing, talk to your friends, family, career advisors. Don’t let fear stop you.

Good luck!