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Clearing and Adjustment explained

This information should help you understand how Clearing and Adjustment work, including how to apply and what happens if you are made an offer through Clearing and Adjustment to study with us. We hope this information will help you to feel fully prepared for whatever happens on results day.

Clearing is when students apply for courses after their exam results are not as good as expected, or when they already have their exam results and are applying for the first time after 30 June.

Adjustment is when students change the provider (or course) they want to study at because their exam results are better than expected.

Clearing and Adjustment are open to UK and International students.

You can apply through Clearing and Adjustment if:

If you apply through UCAS for a place at university for this year (starting September 2019) after 30 June 2019 your application will automatically go into Clearing.

How it works:

Key dates:

Clearing and Adjustment operate through the UCAS system. UCAS opens Clearing on 5 July 2019 and, if you have your results, you can apply for a place through Clearing from this date.

Adjustment opens on 15th August, or the date your firm choice offer is made unconditional (whichever is the later). Adjustment remains open for five continuous 24 hour periods. You will only be eligible for Adjustment if you have exceeded all of the requirements of your firm choice offer. For example, if you had to obtain A level grades AAB and you achieved AAA then you will be eligible for Adjustment. However, if you had to obtain AAB to include an A in Mathematics and you achieved A*AB with a B in Mathematics you would not be eligible for Adjustment.

Not all of our courses will be available through Clearing and Adjustment, as many courses are already full.

Whilst applications are formally handled by UCAS, on 15 August you will be able to call us, or use our online form to contact us, to discuss your options and find out if we can offer you a place. Please note that telephone and online enquiries are handled in exactly the same way and it doesn't make any difference which method you use to contact us. Course vacancies, the telephone number and our online enquiry form will be available on our main Clearing page.

You can find comprehensive information about how Clearing and Adjustment work on the UCAS website.

Be prepared

Learn more about us now by booking to attend one of our Summer Open Days, or by exploring the courses that we offer.

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Clearing tips from our Head of Admissions

After receiving an offer through Clearing and Adjustment

Congratulations if you receive an offer to study with us. These are the next steps you will need to think about:

1. Visit us

When we offer you a place through Clearing and Adjustment we will invite you to come to a special Open Day, so you will have a chance to come and explore our campuses before you make your decision. The date for this hasn't yet been confirmed.

If you would like to visit us now there are plenty of opportunities to do so. You can sign up for a Campus Tour, or for an Undergraduate Open Day.

All events require booking, please make sure you have booked before arriving.

Use are Virtual Open Day

Virtual Open Day

If you're not able to come and visit us in person, take a look at our Virtual Open Day. You can see our campuses, facilities, and accommodation.

View our Virtual Open Day

2. Book your accommodation

Once you have accepted your offer through Clearing and Adjustment you will need to book your accommodation. In 2018 we guaranteed accommodation to all our Clearing and Adjustment students. Accommodation will be available to Clearing and Adjustment students in 2019 and we are hopeful that we will be able to repeat the accommodation guarantee, but this hasn't yet been confirmed. You can apply for halls once you have your 8 digit student ID number, which we will send you by email.

There is no difference in the accommodation application process; once you have your ID number you will just follow the instructions for new undergraduate students. Take a look at our accommodation.


3. Contact Student Finance England

If you are a UK / EU student and you gain a place through Clearing and Adjustment and you haven't applied for finance you will need to do this as soon as possible. If you have already applied for finance, but there have been any changes to your course or university, then you will need to update Student Finance England. Watch Student Finance England's short video on what you need to know about finance through Clearing and Adjustment:


4. Sort out your visa (international students)

If you are coming to study with us from abroad you may need to apply for a visa. As soon as you have accepted your place through Clearing and Adjustment you should apply for your visa. Learn more about visa applications. 

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