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Your Clearing questions answered

Discover the answers to some of the questions we most frequently get asked about Clearing, Adjustment and confirmation.

This information on this page was last updated on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

What is Clearing and Adjustment?

Clearing and Adjustment enables you to apply for available university places for the approaching academic year, which have not been filled after 30 June for various reasons.

When does Clearing 2018 open?

UCAS officially opens Clearing on 5 July 2018. Our current list of course vacancies are available to view now. These are subject to change and our full list of vacancies will be updated nearer to results day, Thursday 16 August 2018. 

Our Clearing and Adjustment Hotline and online application form will open on Thursday 16 August 2018.

Can I apply now or do I need to wait for Clearing?

We have limited availability on a number of our undergraduate courses. You can apply now  if you have your results and are not holding any offers from other universities. If you are waiting for your final results you can register your interest and will be able to apply from when you have your final results.

Our Clearing and Adjustment Hotline and online application form will open on Thursday 16 August 2018.

Will I be able to apply through Clearing or Adjustment?

You can if:

  • you apply after 30 June
  • you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
  • your university place is not confirmed after exam results are published

What courses do you have available in Clearing?

Our current list of course vacancies are available to view now. These are subject to change and our full list of vacancies will be updated nearer to results day, Thursday 16 August 2018. 

What grades do I need to have?

If you already have your final results and are eligible to apply through Clearing and Adjustment, please contact us using the details on the course vacancies list list to discuss entry requirements for that course.

 

Will I be able to come and visit the University if I come through Clearing/Adjustment?

If you are made an offer through Clearing and Adjustment in 2018, an invitation to attend a Clearing/Adjustment Open Day will be included in the offer email. The email will give full details of how to book on to the Clearing Open Day. If you don't receive this email, please make sure you check your junk/spam folder.

You previously offered me a place but I put other universities as my firm and insurance choice. Is your offer still available?

If we have places for your chosen course we may be able to make you a Clearing offer. Please consult the full list of vacancies.

Do you accept applications through Adjustment?

Yes. All courses available in Clearing are also available in Adjustment.

I have not received the grades I needed to satisfy my offer. Will you still accept me?

Every applicant holding a firm or insurance offer with Southampton will receive an email on the morning of Thursday 16 August setting out whether we were able to confirm your place or not. Please check your email account (including your junk/spam folder). You can also check the status of your offer on UCAS Track (but if you still have other conditions outstanding Track will continue to show your offer as conditional).

Why is there no decision on my application?

There can be a number of reasons why your place is yet to be confirmed and you should receive an email from us on Thursday 16 August giving you some further advice. The most common reasons are:

  • Your offer included the need to pass one or more GCSEs the results of which have not yet been published.
  • Your offer required you to achieve a specific result in an English language test and you have yet to provide us with this information.
  • We have not yet received your results (or have only received partial results) from UCAS – don’t worry, this does happen sometimes and once we receive your results we will update your offer. If you have already received your full results please ask your school/college to email these to us as quickly as possible using the address at the foot of the email we sent you.
  • Your course requires you to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – if you have already applied for this please don’t worry - they can take a little while to come through. If you haven’t applied for your check yet please follow the information in your offer email.
  • Your offer requires you to submit a satisfactory Occupational Health report – your offer will be updated as soon as possible after we have received the report and it has been assessed.

You are my insurance choice university but I don’t want to go to my firm choice, will you accept me?

If you have met the conditions of your offer then we will accept you subject to there still being vacancies for your chosen course. You need to contact your firm choice institution and ask them to reject you. Email the relevant faculty to confirm you have done that and we’ll then confirm your place with us (where places still exist).

Can I defer my place?

This can depend on the course you applied for. Please put your request in writing to the relevant faculty including any specific reasons for your request or mitigating circumstances and we will contact you within 5 days with our decision.

Can I be released into Clearing?

Being released into Clearing means you will be forfeiting your place at Southampton. Before you request this, please make sure you are happy with this decision and you have secured an offer (at least in principle) from another university or college. If you would like to be released into Clearing please email us at admissions@soton.ac.uk including your full name, UCAS number and the course you are wishing to be released from.

I’ve been offered a place in Clearing and need to know how I apply for accommodation?

In order to apply for accommodation you will need your Southampton Student ID number. As a Clearing applicant this will be sent to you in an email after you have formally made us your Clearing choice in UCAS Track. This email is generated once your formal referral has been verified by our admissions staff. Please check your email inbox and the junk/spam folders.

I have special considerations that affected my performance in my exams. Will you reconsider my application?

If you have already informed us of your particular circumstances, we will already have taken these into account when making our final decision and so we will not be able to reconsider our decision.

If you haven’t already informed us of your circumstances, please forward details of your case via email to the relevant faculty, along with any supporting evidence, and we will endeavour to make a decision upon your application as quickly as we possibly can.

I missed getting a certain grade in one of my subjects by just a few marks, so am getting a remark. Will you hold my place for me?

Please email the relevant faculty to confirm that you have asked for a remark, ensuring that you confirm which subject(s) is/are being remarked. We may be able to hold your place if the decision on your remark is made prior to 31 August.

What is my Southampton Student ID number ?

You need your Southampton student ID number to apply for accommodation and to formally enrol with the University.

If you were holding a firm or insurance offer with Southampton you will be able to find this number on your offer email and on the email we sent to you confirming your place. If you can’t find it please telephone the hotline on 023 8059 7004.

If we have made you an offer via Clearing, we will be able to confirm your ID number shortly after you make Southampton your Clearing choice via UCAS Track. This can take several hours and so please check your inbox and junk/spam folders for the confirmation.

I am an international applicant and have non-UK school qualifications. Can I be considered in Clearing?

Yes. The University accepts a wide range of international qualifications and you can find information about our requirements here.

I am coming from outside of the UK. Will I be able to obtain a visa in time if I am accepted through Clearing?

Most international students will have enough time to obtain a visa to study in the UK if they accept a place through Clearing. Once you hold an unconditional offer with the University we will provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) document which you will need in order to apply for your visa. Further information can be found on our Visa and Immigration page.

I am applying from outside of the UK. Where can I find help in my home country?

The University’s International Office team provide prospective students with tailored support to help them prepare for studying with us. Further information for your country or region can be found on our International page.

I’m currently firm at another institution but have decided that I would prefer to come to Southampton instead. Can you offer me a place?

We are not able to make you an offer unless you are released into Clearing by your firm/insurance choice. If you are interested in whether we might be able to make you an offer when Clearing opens, please contact our admissions team.

I was deferred but now I want to come this year instead – can I do this?

Please email the relevant faculty to put your request in writing. We will consider this request and let you know the decision as soon as we are able to. All such requests will be dependent upon the availability of places for your chosen course.

My school didn’t cache my grades properly, so you have rejected me/haven’t confirmed my place. What should I do?

Please email the relevant faculty to inform us of the situation (faculty email addresses) and also contact your school/college urgently.

I haven’t met my offer but UCAS Track says you have accepted me. Is it correct?

In some circumstances we may have been able to accept you even if you didn’t quite meet the conditions of your offer. We will have emailed you to confirm your place on Thursday 17 August so please check your inbox and/or junk/spam folder.

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