How Clearing works on results day

Find out what to do on results day, depending on your grades - including calling universities and accepting an offer.

What happens on results day?

When you receive your grades, log on to UCAS Hub to find out whether your university place is confirmed. Next, we can help you work out which category you fall into:

UWE Bristol student, India

"I called the Admissions team at UWE Bristol on results day to find out more about Clearing. I’m so glad I did – the lady on the phone was calm and clearly had lots of experience talking to worried students. Luckily I had enough UCAS points to apply, so she talked me through all the different paths I could take, which was reassuring and inspiring. A few days later, I accepted my offer to study at UWE Bristol and I was beyond relieved."

India, BA(Hons) Broadcast Journalism

India BA(Hons) Broadcast Journalism

Next steps

Calling the university after you've received your results

Depending on which category you fall into after you've received your results, you may decide to apply to university through Clearing. You may feel nervous but try not to worry as admissions staff know how nerve wracking it all is and they’ll guide you through the process and make you feel at ease. 

We recommend you do the following to prepare yourself before you call. So grab a pen and paper and note down: 

  • your UCAS personal ID number
  • personal details (address, postcode, telephone number, email and date of birth)
  • exam results, with a breakdown of grades
  • GCSE results
  • the course title(s) and code(s) you’re enquiring about
  • your Personal Statement, as this will highlight your skills and strengths, and you may wish to refer to it while you’re on the phone
  • a list of questions you’d like to ask about the university. At UWE Bristol, we want you to make the right decision for you so we’re always happy to answer any queries about our courses, campuses, or any concerns you may have. That way, you’re more likely to find the right university and course for you.

Depending on the university, they may ask some questions to learn a little more about you. At UWE Bristol, we’ll usually ask you why you’re interested in the course you’re applying for, and give you the chance to show you have some knowledge of the course, and of the university itself.

We also recommend that you’re prepared to attend an interview at short notice. If you’re applying for an art, health-related or a teaching course with us, we advise that you’re flexible as interview dates can be limited.

Accepting a Clearing offer

Most universities will make a Clearing offer over the phone and you need to go to UCAS Hub to accept your offer.

If we make you a UWE Bristol Clearing offer, we’ll email you to confirm all the details within 15 minutes. This email will detail everything you then need to do to accept the offer, plus a deadline by which you need to accept. If you don’t receive our offer email within 15 minutes, check your spam folder to see if it's there, and if it’s not please contact us.

Clearing is a competitive process, but don’t feel pressured to accept a place straight away. Take some time to think through your options. All we ask is that if you want to take us up on our offer (and we really hope you will), please do so before the acceptance deadline.

When you’ve made the decision to accept a UWE Bristol Clearing offer, go to UCAS Hub to confirm your choice – and then we’ll look forward to welcoming you at UWE Bristol soon.

Clearing applicant events

If we make you a Clearing offer, you will receive an invite to a range of clearing events to help you find out more about UWE Bristol. These include:

  • Accommodation webinars
  • Money advice webinars
  • Disability services webinars
  • Campus tours.

Any questions about Clearing?

Our friendly Admissions team is 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.

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