Clearing advice

Results day is on Tuesday 10 August 2021, but 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.

Staying calm in Clearing

Hannah Regean, a Biomedical Science student at UWE Bristol, gives her advice for students making late applications through Clearing, having gone through the Clearing process herself.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    Researching information around Clearing or Adjustment will help you work out the best route to take on results day itself.

    You’ll be eligible for Clearing if you match any of these circumstances:

    • you haven’t met the conditions of your offer from universities you’ve applied to
    • you didn’t receive any offers (or none that you wish to accept)
    • you applied after 30 June 2021
    • you are not awaiting the results of any pending qualifications.

    You will be eligible for Adjustment if you've met and exceeded the conditions of your firm choice.

  2. Step 2

    Think about where you’re at now compared to when you made your original choices – are your priorities and ambitions still the same, or have they moved on? This may affect your decisions for what and where you study in September.

  3. Step 3

    Continue to research universities and think about what is most important to you. Maybe its location, the subject, or the facilities. Make some notes of questions you’d like to ask about the course or university. Hearing from current students can help too.

  4. Step 4

    It may be worth writing up a draft Clearing or Adjustment shortlist before results day if you think you might want to change university or course. Remember that you’ll be studying a subject for three or more years, so it needs to excite you if you’re going to succeed in it. Don’t just pick a course because there are spaces.

    What you need to do is:

    • gather additional information to help with your shortlisting
    • check out the career prospects for your course, and the student satisfaction score
    • research the campus, the location and facilities
    • use the university's social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, to get a feel for the institution.

    To discover what current students are saying about UWE Bristol, visit our social media channels and The Students’ Union at UWE website.

  5. Step 5

    As well as your original course preferences, it’s worth researching courses you may not have previously considered. Something a bit different could take your career in a whole new direction. Courses with integrated foundation years can help make it more accessible, so are worth considering too. 

  6. Step 6

    If you need any further information on Clearing, Adjustment or results day, please get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team on or +44(0) 117 32 83333.

"Looking back, choosing to study at UWE Bristol was the best decision I’ve ever made. The phone call I made to the Clearing hotline changed my life."

Chris, BSc(Hons) and MSc Science Communication

Chris BSc(Hons) and MSc Science Communication