What is Clearing and Adjustment?

Clearing and Adjustment can sometimes be overwhelming, but this article explains what Clearing and Adjustment is and how you can navigate it.

  • Clearing

    Clearing is the process that gives applicants the option find a course at university if they have already applied through UCAS and haven’t managed to secure a place. For students who don't hold any offers, this means you can apply to universities while holding your results.

    From 5 July to 23 October, you can apply whether you've received your qualifications in previous years or whether you're just receiving your results.

    To be eligible to apply through Clearing you cannot hold any offers to study at any institution. If you’re in any doubt about whether you’re holding an offer, you can view this on your UCAS Track screen.

  • Adjustment

    Available from the 16 August, Adjustment is for those who have exceeded an offer. For example, if your offer is AAA, you’ll need to achieve a minimum of A*AA to qualify for Adjustment.

    Adjustment is voluntary, and you can elect to enter into the Adjustment process. This option is available for five 24-hour periods from the moment your offer changes from conditional firm (CF) to unconditional firm (UF).


  • I'm waiting for my results, can I apply now?

    To apply through Clearing or Adjustment, you need to have your final results. We will then use these results to determine your eligibility. If you're waiting to receive your results, you should wait before contacting universities or making any changes to your application.

  • What number should I ring to apply from 16 August?

    Call 0300 303 3560 for:

        Biomedical Science BSc / MSci
        Healthcare Science BSc
        Occupational Therapy BSc
        Paramedic Science BSc
        Physiotherapy BSc
        Radiography, Diagnostic BSc
        Therapeutic, Radiography BSc

    Call 0300 303 0457 for Medicine MBBS5

  • When can I ring to apply through Clearing or Adjustment?

    Our agents will be happy to help with your application during the following times:

    • Thursday 16 August: 6am - 8pm
    • Friday 17 August: 7am - 7pm
    • Saturday 18 August: 9am - 1pm
    • Sunday 19 August: Closed
    • Monday 20 August onward: 9am - 5pm
  • Do I need a UCAS ID?

    You will need to have a valid UCAS account to apply through Clearing and Adjustment this year. You can create a UCAS account and apply direct to Clearing now. Check the UCAS website.

  • How do I check whether I'm eligible for Clearing or Adjustment?

    To check whether you're eligible to apply, check your UCAS account. You can see whether you've secured your firm or insurance choices, and whether you're eligible to enter into Clearing or Adjustment.

  • What if I'm away for results day?

    It's best to make a plan if you know you're going to be away for results day. Let your school know where you're going to be, and make sure you can get connected to the internet or a telephone.

  • Further questions

    If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate getting in touch with us. You can find all of our contact details here.

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