Clearing 2020

Find out key dates and information about Clearing and Adjustment.

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Be ready for anything

Clearing is a great opportunity for you to re-evaluate your options and choose the best university course for you this September. 

We know that times are tough at the moment and more than ever you’ll want to be prepared for anything.  You may be considering the type of community you want to be part of, or re-thinking your choices after being inspired in a different direction. Clearing gives you the chance to stop and think. And when you stop and think, great things happen.

Whatever your reasons, Clearing is an opportunity for you - so choose to do it right.

Call our Clearing Team

Our experts are available if you have any questions about Clearing. Call us now on +44(0) 117 32 83333.

Our phone line opening times are:

  • Monday – Thursday – 09:00–17:00
  • Friday – 09:00–16:30
  • Saturday and Sunday – closed.

The information you'll need

What is Clearing?

Clearing is part of the UCAS application process that matches applicants with available spaces. You can use Clearing to find a university place if:

  • you haven’t got any offers
  • you’ve declined all of your offers
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offer
  • you’ve changed your mind about the course or the university you originally chose
  • you’ve got better grades and want to explore your options
  • you apply after the UCAS deadline of 30 June 2020.

What is Adjustment?

You’re eligible for Adjustment if you’ve met and exceeded the conditions of your firm offer. Adjustment is optional so you can look at alternative courses that interest you. If you go through Adjustment, and don’t find a suitable alternative course, the unconditional firm offer you received on A-level results day will still stand.

There is no course vacancy list for Adjustment so you'll need to contact universities directly and tell them you want to apply via Adjustment. Be sure to only verbally agree an offer if you’re absolutely sure you want it.

We're ready to welcome you

We’ve been working hard to create a COVID-secure campus and have transformed the way we deliver teaching. This blended approach gives you the best of both worlds – high-quality interactive online learning alongside practical hands-on experience, making sure you’re ready for your future career, regardless of your surroundings.

Hear from our Vice-Chancellor, Steve West, as he talks through some of the questions you might have about starting UWE Bristol in autumn 2020.

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"The Clearing staff at UWE Bristol were helpful and the process was straightforward. Within a few days, I was offered my place at UWE Bristol and I was so excited about learning again."

Emily, BA(Hons) Film Studies
More about Emily's Clearing experience

Emily BA(Hons) Film Studies

In the run up to my exams, I began to have a change of mind towards which subject I would be studying at university. Soon enough results day came but upon looking at my results, I panicked and was filled with an overwhelming sense of uncertainty.

UWE Bristol was where my mum had studied and she always raved about it. It had a good reputation and after looking at their course for History online I found the modules really interesting.

Their online clearing process was easy to navigate and very helpful, in comparison to the other university I was looking at which was unhelpful and kept redirecting me to different phone lines. This made my decision so much easier, and I began to think that although this was different to the experience I was expecting, the course was sounding even better than the one I originally wanted to study.

It then began to set in that I was going to UWE Bristol and I felt proud to do so. Clearing had set my mind at ease.

Let us guide you through the process

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Clearing advice

There a few things you can do ahead of time to prepare yourself if you think that you may have to apply to university through Clearing or Adjustment.

Clearing advice
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What are my accommodation options?

Information and guidance about Clearing accommodation options available for students.

Clearing accommodation support
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How does Clearing work on results day?

Depending on which category you fall into after you've received your results, you may decide to apply for university through Clearing or Adjustment.

How Clearing works on results day