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Clearing is now closed

All of our courses are full and have no places available in Clearing. You may find the information below helpful for future applications.

This page is intended to help you to support a young person through the Clearing process. 

What is Clearing and Adjustment?

Many universities in the UK offer places through Clearing and Adjustment to fill their degree programmes. Clearing is a popular way for students to find an alternative course if they missed their grades or changed their mind about their chosen subject, or even about going to university.

Frequently asked questions

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Are they eligible for Clearing?

They can apply through Clearing if: 

  • they didn’t get any offers from the five institutions they put on their UCAS form

  • they were not awarded the grades they needed for their first and second (Firm and Insurance) choice of university

  • they’ve changed their minds about what or where they want to study

  • they didn’t apply through UCAS at all for this year’s entry.

When can they use Clearing?

From 6 – 29 July 2020, they can submit a Clearing application online at any time, including weekends, if they have their exam results.

Between 30 July and 12 August 2020, applications will be closed.

Applications will reopen on 13 August 2020 when many students receive their A Level results. Clearing will remain open as long as places are available – but most of these go quickly.

Which courses are available through Clearing and Adjustment?

You can find a list of course vacancies on the UCAS website or view the courses we currently have available via our website.

How can my young person apply through Clearing?

As a result of COVID-19, we've changed our Clearing and Adjustment application process this year. We will be accepting all applications online - rather than by phone, which means applications should be processed more quickly.

To start the process (once they have their results), they will need to fill out our online application form.

If my young person has done better than expected?

If they’ve done better than expected, Adjustment is a chance for them to reconsider where and what to study.

If they've had a conditional firm choice accepted – and therefore now have a unconditional firm choice – they could potentially swap their place for one on another course. But this is completely up to the individual and is entirely optional.

It’s worth noting that even if they try Adjustment but don't find anything, they'll still keep the course they accepted on results day.

How can I support a young person through Clearing and Adjustment?

This period can be stressful and may be more so than in previous years due to the closure of schools and cancellation of exams. However, it’s worth remembering that with a little preparation, Clearing can still be a quick and successful process.

Here some ways you can support a young person ahead of, and during Clearing:

  • Research and discuss options together

You might like to consider together the pros and cons of different universities and courses. Things to talk about could be career prospects, travel/ commute time, funding options, the local area and/or accommodation.

To find out more about life at St George’s, visit our Explore St George’s pages.

When it comes to looking at subjects to study, it’s important to look at course entry criteria for each university. However, in Clearing the published entry criteria may change, so they should not be deterred from applying if they do not meet the entry criteria exactly.

  • Consider different subjects

It’s worth thinking about alternative options and back-up options. Are there any similar courses they might also enjoy? Are there any other routes they could take if they have a specific career in mind? Some of our healthcare courses have lower entry criteria than others, and we’re happy to discuss these with you if we are unable to offer you a place on your first choice. 

  • Be ready to make an application

They should be ready to make an application swiftly once they have their results. You could help gather the information they’ll need to complete their online application: 

  • Their UCAS personal ID number

  • Their level 2 (GCSEs or equivalent) and level 3 (A Level or equivalent) results, or degree result

  • UCAT or GAMSAT score (for Medicine applications)

  • Their email address (ideally not their school email address as access is often removed over the summer)

  • A contact telephone number

  • Which course(s) they want to apply for


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