Here at Birmingham City University’s course guidance centre, we’re already receiving a fair number of enquiries from prospective students asking about applying to the University for full-time undergraduate courses through UCAS Clearing! Demand for places in Clearing this year is likely to be fiercer than ever as a large number of unplaced applicants compete for places at institutions across the country.
Many prospective students who may be trying to gain places have already applied through the UCAS system, so should be ready with the necessary information they’ll need to approach institutions through Clearing from mid-July onwards. However, there are many prospective students who have not yet applied through UCAS but can do so now so that their application will automatically be held for Clearing, meaning that they will then also have the right information to approach institutions with.
Why do I need to apply to enter Clearing?
You need to apply through UCAS to enter Clearing if you have not aleady done so, as your Clearing Number helps to demonstrate to institutions you wish to consider you that you are not already holding an offer of a place elsewhere – and that you’re free to be considered by them.
How do I apply now that the late application deadline has passed?
You apply in the normal manner by submitting an online application via UCAS. You can apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply.
When can I approach institutions through Clearing?
Clearing starts from mid-July. You can approach universities and colleges once you have your exam results to see if they can consider you for any available places through Clearing. If you do not have your exam results, you should wait until you have them before approaching any universities or colleges.
What is the Clearing process itself?
See the Clearing section of the UCAS website for more details about the process of applying through Clearing.
Will all universities and colleges know if they have places now or will I have to wait?
Once universities have received exam results for applicants who are holding conditional offers of places they will then be in a position to determine whether enough applicants have achieved the grades they needed to confirm a place on their courses. If not enough applicants have met the conditions of their offers then places can become available and that is when these places can be offered to others through the Clearing process. As exam results are received throughout the summer, not all universities and colleges will know whether places are available in Clearing until they have received A-level and/ or GCSE results in August. Find out which courses have vacancies by viewing the vacancy lists published on the UCAS website.