How Clearing and Adjustment works
Clearing is just another way to apply to university, thousands of students successfully get a place at university through this route each year. We know it can be an anxious time and you need to act quickly, so check out our top tips for going through Clearing, or find out key information below.
Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you've had a conditional firm choice accepted and it's become unconditional firm, and then you've met or exceeded the conditions of your original offer, you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer.
Clearing information for students
Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they have remaining on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course, if you do not meet the conditions of your offers.
It is also used by applicants who have chosen to wait to decide to apply to university, or who decide that they would like to apply to study at a university after the 30 June UCAS deadline.
- Clearing is available from July to September each year
- If you have applied through UCAS and you think you may need Clearing, you can do this once you have you exam results; UCAS Track will state if you are eligible
- Clearing officially opens at UCAS on Monday 5 July 2021
- UCAS Clearing closes at the end of September, however, each university will close to Clearing when all spaces have been filled
- IB results are released on 5 July 2021 and will be available to you online 2pm UK time
- A level results day is Tuesday 10 August 2021
- GCSE results are released on Thursday 12 August 2021
You can apply as soon as you have your results.
- Details of programmes available through clearing will be listed on our website. Universities will constantly update their list of Clearing places through July and August.
- The UCAS website contains lists of course vacancies and will be continuously updated.
- National UK papers like The Guardian and The Telegraph will also list Clearing places on the morning of results day for some institutions.
- Check websites for the universities or colleges you are most interested in. These should show you whether they have places available and the grade requirements for each programme. Websites will have the most up to date information and will be quicker than waiting for a response to an email enquiry. To view details of programmes available at the University of Exeter please visit our Clearing website.
- Once you have your grades we would suggest that you start looking at what programmes are available in clearing as soon as you can as places go very quickly
- Research details of specific courses online - our undergraduate study site has detailed course descriptions (and lots more information about the University)
- Each university is operated slightly differently, some may be able to advise you by phone whether your grades are a good fit and some will offer you a place on the phone (a verbal offer); others will ask you to email or fill out an online application form.
- At the University of Exeter, you need to apply using our online form to be considered for a Clearing/Adjustment offer. Our online form is quick and easy to complete and is the quickest way to receive a decision.
- Universities and colleges will advise you what you need to do.
- If you receive an offer from your preferred Clearing choice university, you will need to add this as your choice through UCAS Track; this is the only way to get an official and formal Clearing offer.
- If we have vacancies for the programme you are enquiring about and you meet the entrance requirements then we would be able to consider you for a place through Clearing.
- Please visit our our Clearing website for full details of all vacancies and the grade requirements required to be considered.
- However, in order to accept a Clearing offer via your UCAS track you will need to release yourself from your current university.
We have an outstanding reputation for student experience and carefully manage our student numbers as part of this. We have separate targets for International and UK students, reflecting the strategies we have in place for their support academically and in terms of the overall student experience for all. Although this varies by programme, we usually fill our UK places earlier in the admissions cycle than those for International students. All applications are considered carefully and on an individual basis.
The majority of our programmes do not require applicants to attend an interview. The only programmes which require an interview through Clearing are Medicine, Medical Imaging, Nursing, and Applied Psychology, if vacancies are available.
During the Clearing period we receive a high volume of Clearing applications. Our Admissions team will be working hard to process decisions as quickly as possible. Please keep checking your emails as a decision will be sent to you via email. You should have received an acknowledgement email to confirm your application has been submitted.
If you are already holding a place at Exeter and now want to be considered for an alternative programme please contact our Admissions team at: firstname.lastname@example.org (putting 'Request to defer my place' in the email subject). We will consider your request and if approved we will process a change of course decision to UCAS. You do not need to apply through Clearing.
Clearing plus is a new matching service for any applicants who are unplaced and eligible for Clearing. If you find yourself in Clearing this year, UCAS will match you to courses you may be interested in, using what we know about you from your application, and what universities and colleges are looking for in a student.
If you’re unplaced or have started a new application, a button will appear in Track – ‘My matches’. This will take you to your top 50 course matches. You’ll then be able to tell universities and colleges if you’re ‘interested’ in their courses. If they still have vacancies and you meet their entry requirements, they may contact you.
Don’t worry, if you want to apply for something different you can still find courses available in Clearing using our search tool.
If you receive an offer you will be sent confirmation via email. This email will confirm the following steps which you need to take to accept the offer.
- You need to add the University of Exeter (E84) as your Clearing choice via UCAS Track. If this programme does not have vacancies published on the UCAS website you will need to type the institution code (E84) within 'course code' and select 'other'. A new box will appear where you can enter the relevant course code, example M111 into the relevant fields on UCAS Track when adding the choice. If this programme does have vacancies listed with UCAS you will be able to select the programme using the drop-down lists.
- Email Admissions at email@example.com (putting 'Accepting my clearing offer' in the email subject) to confirm that you wish to accept our offer.
You will be given a deadline by which you need to accept and refer your application to us via UCAS Track.
If you are holding a place at another university you will need to get released before you can refer your application. Applicants are able to self-release via UCAS Track.
Yes, you can email our admissions team at: firstname.lastname@example.org (putting 'Extension to my clearing offer' in the email subject), they will then advise whether this is possible and if applicable what your new deadline date is.
- Your offer letter will indicate if we are able to guarantee you an offer of accommodation and how to apply
- Think about the costs of accommodation and travel before you make your final decision
- See our website for more information on applying for accommodation in Exeter or Penryn as a Clearing or Adjustment student
- We will be in touch regularly before you come to University.
- In the meantime: Relax, celebrate, and enjoy the moment. You’re going to university. Congratulations!
Clearing information for teachers, parents and supporters
Clearing is simply a later element of the UCAS application cycle. Clearing is when we advertise the places we have left to those students who find themselves unplaced, either out of choice or because they did not receive or accept any offers. It runs from the beginning of July until the end of September but is busiest around A level results day in August.
It can be a little daunting but with some pre-planning and organisation it is proven to provide students with successful places at university every year.
Research and preparation are key. If your student decides to change their mind, or they think they might not get the grades they need in the summer, start to think about alternative universities or courses now. Go to websites, call admissions offices and think about the types of questions they will need to ask. You can do this before the formal processes start even though it may not be possible to submit an application.
Remember that in Clearing, entry requirements might change. Universities may accept students with several grades below the entry requirements published in their prospectuses. Call ahead and ask what the chances look like, call hotlines early in the morning on results day and check websites on the day itself.
On a practical level students will need a pen and notepad, UCAS ID number, details of their qualification results and log in details for UCAS Track. It’s really helpful to have the internet open on a device other than the phone being used to make the calls.
Many universities will encourage students to call in on a dedicated phone number. The University of Exeter advises applicants to complete our online clearing form, this is the quickest way to get a decision. Applicants will also be able to speak with a member of our admissions team through online live chat.
We are only able to discuss an application with a third party if they are recorded as the ‘nominated contact’ in the applicant’s UCAS Track. School Counsellors can access more information about Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment via the UCAS Advisors Toolkit.
We understand how important it is for you to learn as much as possible about us, from the subjects we offer through to information about student life. The best way to do this is to speak to our staff and students. If you’re not in the UK yet and can’t visit in person, our virtual campus tours and online chats are the next best thing. See our visiting us section for details.
If a Clearing applicant receives an offer they will be sent confirmation via email. This email will confirm the following steps which they need to take in order to accept the offer.
- They need to add the University of Exeter (E84) as their Clearing choice via UCAS Track. If this programme does not have vacancies published on the UCAS website they will need to type the institution code (E84) within 'course code' and select 'other'. A new box will appear where they can enter the relevant course code, example M111 into the relevant fields on UCAS Track when adding the choice. If this programme does have vacancies listed with UCAS they will be able to select the programme using the drop-down lists.
- Email Admissions at email@example.com (putting 'Accepting my clearing offer' in the email subject) to confirm that they wish to accept our offer.
They will be given a deadline by which they need to accept and refer their application to us via UCAS Track.
If they are holding a place at another university they will need to get released before they can refer their application. Applicants are able to self-release via UCAS Track.
Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you've had a conditional firm choice accepted – and therefore made into an unconditional firm choice – you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer.
You are eligible if:
- your results have met and exceeded the conditions of your conditional offer
- you have paid the full UCAS application fee. If you have paid the UCAS single application fee and want to use Adjustment, you need to pay an additional fee via UCAS.
You are not eligible to use Adjustment if:
- you have a confirmed place on a 'changed course offer'
- your original offer was Unconditional
You cannot use the Adjustment period to change your Insurance choice.
Full details can be found on the UCAS website.
Please visit our vacancies page and complete our online Clearing/Adjustment application form.
If the University of Exeter makes you an Adjustment offer we will ask you to email us to confirm whether or not you want to accept our offer. If you do want to accept our offer there is nothing further you need to do after you have emailed us; we process the decision directly with UCAS and it will then show on UCAS Track.
Our vacancies page provides details of all our course vacancies.
Please visit our vacancies page for full details of all vacancies and the grade requirements to be considered.
Adjustment is available from A ‘Level results day (10 August for 2021) until 31 August.
An applicant's individual Adjustment period starts when their conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF) or 10 August, whichever is the later.
From this time they have a maximum of five calendar days (five 24 hour periods) to register and secure an alternative course, if they decide this is what they want to do.
In order to accept an adjustment offer, you will need to email the admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org (putting 'Accepting my adjustment offer' in the email subject) confirming you wish to accept. You also need to make sure that you have registered for adjustment, you can do this within UCAS Track.
Our admission team will then go to UCAS to confirm your place.
If you have registered for Adjustment by mistake, you do not need to do anything, this will automatically expire after five days. Any place you are currently holding will not be affected.
Karina, studying Applied Psychology at the Streatham Campus, Exeter.
Heinrich, studying LLB Law with business at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall.
Idris, studying Psychology at the Streatham Campus, Exeter.