Clearing 2021 is upon us! But you don’t know how it works and how to apply? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Here’s our guide to UCAS Clearing 2021 to help you understand: Who is it for? How does it work? – and everything else you need to know about the process.
So sit tight and let’s get started!
What is this “Clearing” and why is it conducted?
Clearing is how various universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.
This system is set up by UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) and is quite popular among students going for a bachelor’s course in the UK.
It is conducted to give students a second chance at getting a place at university, by matching them to universities with unfilled places.
What are the key dates and who can you use Clearing?
As we all know timing plays an important role in everything and the same is true for Clearing as well. From 5 July – 19 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you are not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.
You can use Clearing only if:
- You’re applying after 30 June
- You didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
- You didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
- You’ve paid the multiple-choice application fee of £26
- You’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track
Which Are The Top Universities For Clearing 2021?
Usually, around three-quarters of all UK universities fill their remaining places through Clearing every year. In 2020, around 70,000 students found their desired programme through this process. However, not every university will have places available in Clearing.
So, here are the top 15 higher education institutions in the UK that are providing undergraduate spots in at least five different courses in Clearing in 2021.
- Loughborough University
- Lancaster University
- University of Warwick
- University of Bristol
- University of Exeter
- University of Leeds
- University of Birmingham
- University of Southampton
- University of York
- University of Manchester
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Dundee
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Nottingham
- University of East Anglia
What is Clearing Plus and how it is different from Clearing?
Clearing Plus is a new tool, designed to help students find their perfect course and will be available alongside Clearing.
In Clearing Plus, UCAS will personally match you to courses you may be interested in, using what they know about you from your application, and what universities and colleges are looking for in a student.
NOTE: Clearing Plus isn’t available for everyone. If you’re unsuccessful with your application or are applying for the first time for a place in Clearing, then only you’ll be able to use Clearing Plus.
Every year UCAS provides this excellent opportunity of Clearing to re-think if you are unsure about a course, or wondering if you will be best using your skillset. Lots of universities have easy-to-view course information online and can also view your application and officially accept you.
Now that you know in which city you’ll study, the next step is to look for accommodation. There is a high chance that by the time your place is confirmed, the on-campus accommodation would be sold out. But you don’t have to worry because there are still many great off-campus alternatives available for grab.
Check out our website to book from a wide range of student housing options. You just have to enter the city or university you will be going to study at and in just one click you will get all available properties which you can filter by room types, ratings, price or proximity to your potential university.