Universities and colleges use clearing to fill up remaining places they have on their courses, so it’s a great opportunity for those who have missed their required grades, or even those who have changed their minds since applying. Clearing offers many thousands of places to pupils, so don’t panic if you are disappointed with your exam results.
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) reports that over 50,000 students find their university place through Clearing every year.
Dr Tim Bradshaw, chief executive of the Russell Group said “There are also lots of options available to those who decide to go through clearing, including at a number of Russell Group universities.”
This year, Clearing is open from 5th July – 17 October 2023, but you cannot enter clearing until you have your exam grades. It’s best to apply quickly as many of the best places go as soon as results come out.
You can use Clearing if you’re not holding an offer and your Track status says ‘You are in Clearing‘.
If your results weren’t as good as you had hoped then re-marking may be an option but most marks don’t actually change – discuss an appeal with your school adviser. A copy of your script will be helpful if you are considering retaking.
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