Clearing is a service available through UCAS for applicants to apply for undergraduate courses after 30 June in the year of entry, rather than in the initial application window.
Clearing can be used by:
- applicants who didn't receive any offers (or offers they wanted to accept) in their initial applications
- applicants who didn't meet the conditions of their offers
- applicants who want to decline their place to search elsewhere
- those who didn't apply during the initial application cycle.
UCAS data shows that the numbers of applicants using Clearing have roughly doubled since 2006 and that more applicants are now applying directly through Clearing rather than earlier in the admissions cycle.
We would like to hear views about:
- how effective the Clearing process is
- the challenges that ‘later’ applications may create for applicants or universities and colleges, including where applicants apply directly to universities or colleges.