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Clearing and Adjustment 2021

Preparing for Clearing - Top Tips

We've pulled together our top tips for Clearing to help you get the most out of the process.

When you become eligible to apply for a University place in Clearing, you might have to contact lots of universities on the same day and make decisions quickly. It's normal for this to be daunting, but going into the process equipped with knowledge will help make it as stress free as possible.

You might have to wait until you get your results to be eligible for Clearing, but you can gather all the information you'll need on the day in advance.

  • When you've identified some universities and colleges you are interested in, keep checking their websites for Clearing information. Vacancies may be listed from July onwards
  • Write down a list of course options (including UCAS codes) and find out how you should be contacting providers, i.e. phone, completing online Clearing forms, webchat etc. - you don’t want to be panicking to find information on the day
  • Get all the correct documentation together including your UCAS Personal ID
  • Prepare copies of academic results and any other tests such as English Language so that you have these ready to send
  • Check who will be available to help you at your school or college and at home; universities will only be able to give general information to teachers, advisers and parents unless they are your nominated UCAS contact so check who this is

To help you decide if the University of Exeter is the right choice for you, our academic staff, Recruitment teams and Student Ambassadors will be holding various events (online and in person) from Tuesday 10 until Friday 20 August giving applicants the opportunity to book a campus tour, speak on the phone or via Zoom. If you’re not yet in the UK, our virtual campus tours are the next best thing to visiting in person.  See our Visiting’ section for more details. 

  • Keep your results day free (plus the following weekend)
  • Make sure you've got a working phone, pen and paper and access to the internet
  • We advise all applicants to complete our online clearing form. This form is quick and easy to complete, it is also the quickest way for you to receive a decision from Exeter
  • It is important to ensure that you consider all your options and don’t rush. Take your time to make the right decision for you
  • If you go through Clearing and find that your grades are not high enough to secure the place you want, we would advise you to consider your options. You might decide that retaking your exams and applying again the following year is the best option for you.

Student bloggers

Hear directly from some of our student bloggers about their experiences:

Jasmine's story

Jasmine, studying Liberal Arts at the Streatham Campus, Exeter tells us about her experiences of coming through Clearing and Adjustment.

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