Top tips for Clearing

Top tips
for Clearing

If your situation has changed or your career ambitions have shifted over the last few months, then Clearing is a great way to plan your pathway to a new and exciting future.

At UCA, we’re ready to take you through the Clearing process and guide you onto a course that fits your passions and interests. But before you call, here are some tips on how to navigate Clearing with confidence!


Our tips

1. Ask yourself: Is Clearing for you?

First thing’s first; you have to find out whether Clearing is a process you are happy to go through. Do all the research you can (this site and are good places to start), and consider all your options before you decide to push ahead. If you’re unsure, you can call us and ask any questions - even if you’re not already in the UCAS system. We’ll be happy to help. 

2. Consider using Clearing Plus

The UCAS Clearing Plus tool enables some applicants to be matched to appropriate courses that are similar to the ones they have already applied to, at universities that have availability. You'll be able to express an interest in courses you are matched to, and tell UCAS if you’re happy for that university to contact you directly.

It’s important to bear in mind that Clearing Plus is only open to those students currently studying for the following – A-Levels, BTECs, Scottish Highers, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, or International Baccalaureates.

Also, not all universities will be using the service, and you will be matched based on the assumption that you still want to study a similar course to the ones you originally applied to, so we’d recommend talking to universities directly about the courses that interest you. Even if you don’t get matched to us through Clearing Plus, we’d still love to hear from you.

3. Check out our UCA Live events.

We have two UCA Live events coming up where you can find out all about Clearing at UCA, learn more about what to expect and ask any questions – click the links below for more information.

• UCA Live: Applying to University and Clearing - 7 July:

• UCA Live: Applying to University and Clearing - 5 August:

4. Find out what different universities are like 

Don’t wait until the last minute – be proactive and think about your interests in advance. Check which universities offer the courses you want, and get all their numbers ready to go. Check them out on social media and visit their websites, too. Our Instagram is full of our students’ work, and you’ll find lots of useful videos about what it’s like to study here on our YouTube channel. You can also use our UniBuddy service to chat to current students and find out what they think about studying here by visiting the Ask Our Students page or using the links on our course pages.

5. Come say hello (or visit virtually) 

We’re delighted to say our campuses are all now open, with home testing for our staff and students – and that also means we are planning to reintroduce in-person Open Days! Our first one is scheduled for 3 July, and you can pre-register on our Open Days information page. If you can’t make the dates on offer or you’re not quite ready to visit in person, check out our Virtual Open Day at a time that suits you. 

6. Get all the help you can

Your form tutors in college will be around on Results Day, and so will your friends and family. Don't hesitate to ask them for some help when you're trying to get everything ready – second opinions can be really handy.

7. Be an early bird

Once you have your results, get in touch with us and your other your chosen universities as soon as you can. We know this is a big decision and it’s important not to rush into anything. However, being more proactive will improve your chances of getting onto the course you want.

8. Get your personal details together

Make sure you have your results, qualifications, UCAS ID (if you have one) and a list of the courses you’re interested in in front of you when you contact our Clearing Team. It’ll make it much easier for them to help you if you can provide all the details they need.

9. Make the call yourself

We know the process might seem stressful, and you might be nervous, but it’s really important that it’s you who contacts us, and not your parents, family members or friends getting in touch on your behalf. We’re here to help you make the right choices, and we promise we don’t bite! So please, get in touch, and let us see if we can get you on a course you’ll truly love.