Clearing starts in July and continues until September. You can only apply to university through Clearing once you’ve received your exam results. For the majority of students this will be on Results Day on Thursday 15 August 2024 although for some qualifications this may be sooner.

You can apply to university through Clearing if you: 

  1. Wish to apply to university for the first time.
  2. Don’t currently hold any offers from universities.
  3. Have declined all current offers from universities.
  4. Haven't met the grades of conditional or insurance offers.
  5. Wish to switch to another university, even if you are holding an unconditional offer. 


How to apply through Clearing

Our clearing hints and tips will help you with Clearing: 

1. Start before Results Day

You can apply through Clearing once you have your exam results. A-level results day is 15 August, and this is the busiest day of Clearing, when lots of students are searching for university places. It will make results day easier if you start your Clearing research early.

2. Choose your course and check out clearing course availability

Think about alternative courses you would like to study and maybe have a few choices. You may have decided to choose another course that wasn’t originally on your UCAS Application form and that’s fine but be prepared to answer questions on why you want to study the course.

3. Choose your university

Decide which university you would like to study at. Research the universities and make a note of their clearing telephone number and opening hours, including live chat options.

4. Be prepared before you call the university

  • Familiarise yourself with your Personal Statement.
  • Know your grades including your GCSE grades i.e., Maths and English if they are needed.
  • Know your UCAS number and personal details, including your email address.
  • Prepare your list of questions: Course structure, course modules, facilities that are important to you, accommodation options, wellbeing and disability support, student finance or you may ask about campus visits.

5. Speak with the university

The universities have dedicated staff to talk through your options and explain how the UCAS application works, so don’t be afraid to ask them anything. Some universities may offer you a course straight away or there may be a follow-up interview or a portfolio review, depending on the course.

6. Secure your offer in UCAS Hub

If you are made a provisional offer that you wish to accept, you will need to log into your UCAS Hub and add this as your Clearing choice. This can be done from 1pm on results day (15 August). If you are not already in UCAS, before you can add a Clearing Choice, you must make an application through UCAS. This will then enable you to add a Clearing choice.  If applying to us, you need our institution code which is H60, plus course details. 

7. Visiting the university

You may wish to visit the university again once you have been made an offer. Many universities will offer a Clearing Open Day - the University of Huddersfield is holding one on Saturday 17 August. 


Remember, don’t panic, everyone is here to help you. 


Useful Clearing resources when searching for course vacancies



Things to consider if you're applying to start university this September

Clearing is a great opportunity to apply for university to start this September, whether you've already applied in the main cycle or not. Below are some common scenarios that you might find yourself in:


I’m holding my firm place, but I’ve changed my mind

If you have been accepted by your firm choice university (unconditional firm), it’s not too late to change your mind. You can release yourself from your unconditional firm place on UCAS Hub and select ‘Decline my place’ or contact your firm university who can do this on your behalf. However, it is important that there is a place for you on your preferred course elsewhere, so do chat with the university you're interested in first.


I'm holding my insurance place, but I've changed my mind

If you have been rejected from your firm choice, but have been accepted by your insurance choice, you can still change your mind. You can release yourself from your insurance place on UCAS Hub and select ‘Decline my place’ or contact your insurance university who can do this on your behalf, at which point, you will then be entered into Clearing by UCAS and will be free to accept a place at another university. However, it is important that you ensure that there is a place for you on your preferred course elsewhere, so shop around first.


I haven't met the conditions of my offers

You may still be accepted by your firm and/or insurance university, even if you haven’t met all the conditions of your offers. Before doing anything else, check on UCAS Hub to see if you still have your place. Emails will be sent out from UCAS and text messages will be sent out from the University of Huddersfield on Results Day morning to let you know if your place has been confirmed.


I'm not holding any places

You will automatically be entered into Clearing by UCAS if you have been rejected by your firm and insurance universities. You will then receive a Clearing Number through the UCAS Hub, which you will need to provide when talking to universities about course places. To find out more visit the UCAS website.


I don’t currently hold an offer and I’m thinking of applying to start uni in September; what do I do next?

If you haven’t applied to any universities yet, you can apply straight through Clearing. You need to register with UCAS and make an application, but you’ll only be able to add a choice after you’ve submitted it. UCAS will send you a welcome email, with details of how to access UCAS Hub, and your Clearing number. They will also explain the steps you need to follow. Once you have permission from a uni you want to go to, you can add the course in UCAS Hub.


Have another question or situation?

Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.


Got any questions about Clearing?

Our friendly and experienced Student Recruitment Team are here to answer your questions.


Use UCAS Hub to keep up-to-date with your UCAS undergraduate application.

What happens on results day?

Find out about results day and what happens next.

Guide to Clearing

Watch our students talk about their experience of applying through Clearing and hear tips from our staff in this video.