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Clearing Advice

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What is Clearing?

Clearing is an application process that gives you the opportunity to find a place on a course that has spaces available. It is managed by UCAS. It allows you to consider applying for courses at a different university if you’ve missed out on your first choice or have simply changed your mind about your course or university.


When does Clearing start?

Clearing is available from July to September.


On results day...

You’ll be able to check on UCAS Track to see if you’ve been accepted onto your chosen course or Insurance course. If you haven’t been accepted, or if you have changed your mind, you’ll be able to contact other universities to apply for an alternative.

Our Clearing hotline +44 (0)2476 533 544 will be open on Thursday 13 August and Friday 14 August from 8am until 6pm (UK time), 9am until 1pm on Saturday 15 August and again from 9am until 5pm Monday 17 - Friday 21 August 2020.

Who uses Clearing?

Clearing is for students who have received their A-level or other recognised Level 3 qualifications results but...

  • Have missed the grades required to enter their university of choice
  • Would like to change the course or university they had applied to on UCAS
  • Have achieved a higher grade than expected and would like to aim for a different university and/or course by going into Adjustment.

UK, EU, and International students are all eligible to participate in Clearing.


How can I prepare for Clearing?

Clearing might seem like a complex process, but it isn’t. Here are our top tips to prepare you for Clearing:


What is Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus is a new service offered by UCAS for 2020 entry.

We will be listing some of our targeted vacancies in Clearing Plus but for a complete list of our general vacancies and entry requirements please see our Clearing course pages.

If you are using Clearing Plus and see a course you like, we encourage you to:

  • Use Clearing Plus to tell us you’re ‘interested’ in a course at Warwick
  • Call us on the Clearing hotline (open from 8am UK time on Thursday 13 August)

Learn more about Clearing Plus.


What does it mean to place yourself into Clearing if you aren't unplaced?

If you have achieved your place at your Firm or Insurance choice but have changed your mind and no longer wish to take up that place, you can place yourself (‘self-release’) into Clearing. Perhaps you’ve found a course elsewhere that suits you better. UCAS advises that you speak to your university or college and/or an adviser at the place where you currently study before you go ahead with this process.

You can place yourself into Clearing in Track. The process is simple, but you will see a series of important reminders as you work through the steps.

If you choose to proceed by completing the steps below, your place will be declined and your contract with the university or college will be cancelled. This means you will lose your place, so only choose this option if you are sure you no longer want your place.

To place yourself into Clearing, you will need to:

  • Sign in to Track and click the ‘Decline my place’ button on your homepage. This will take you to some instructions on what to do next.
  • Complete the drop-down question before confirming you definitely want to go ahead.
  • You will then receive an email to confirm you’re in Clearing.
  • If you have made a mistake, phone the university or college you’ve declined as soon as possible.

Get more information on self-release from UCAS


What is Adjustment?

Where you’ve exceeded the conditions for your firm-choice university, you might be thinking about alternative courses at a different university. Adjustment allows you to contact other universities to ask if they would accept you on a new course.

If you’ve done better in your grades than expected, pick up the phone and have a conversation with us. Your place at your other university is still secure, so you are free to pick up the phone to chat about what options we may have open for you. You never know!


How do I register for Adjustment?

You’ll have the option to register for Adjustment through UCAS Track from Results Day. From then, you’ll have five days to look for other courses. If you don’t find another course, you’ll still be able to accept the course you gained on results day.

Unlike Clearing, courses won’t be listed on UCAS – so you’ll need to contact universities directly to discuss your options first. If a university makes you an offer over the phone, you can then make your application to that university through Adjustment on UCAS track.

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