What is Clearing?

So, what is Clearing? And how does Clearing work? Clearing is how universities fill any remaining places they have on their courses. From 6 July to 20 October, you can apply for a course via the UCAS Clearing process if you’re not already holding an offer from a university, and if the course still has places.

If you've met and exceeded the conditions of your firm choice and you've changed your mind about where or what you want to study, you can also apply for a new course through a process called Adjustment.

Am I eligible for university Clearing 2020?

You can apply for UCAS Clearing courses 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 changed your mind about where and what you want to study

If you've met and exceeded the conditions of your firm choice and you're thinking about an alternative course or university, you can also apply through Adjustment.

If you're an international student, find out how to apply to the University of Salford in our guide to Clearing. 

To find out more about the programmes of study we offer here at Salford, search our courses online today. You can also read our guide to Clearing for useful tips on the UCAS Clearing process.

Ready to apply? Call our Clearing team on 0300 555 5030 today, or arrange a time for them to call you - simply request a call back today.

Clearing 2020 events

We understand that choosing the right place to study is the most important part of the UCAS Clearing process, which is why we’re giving you the opportunity to find out more about us when you apply. Whether you want to visit our campus in person or meet us virtually, there are a range of ways to learn more about life at Salford.

Virtual tour

Our virtual tour is available for you to explore anytime. Start the tour now to get more information about student life and find out what it's like to study, sleep and socialise at the University of Salford.

Online Clearing event

If we make you an offer through Clearing or Adjustment, we’ll invite you to an online Clearing event on 15 August. By attending, you’ll get the opportunity to chat with our lecturers, tour our campus virtually, and learn more about accommodation, the library, the Students’ Union and our student support service, askUS.

On-campus tours

We're also running a number of on-campus tours where you can explore our campus in person. If you receive an offer through Clearing or Adjustment, you will be invited to book onto one of these tours. The tours will take place on the weeks commencing 17 and 24 August. 

Why choose Salford for university Clearing 2020?

When it comes to your future, it’s experience that counts – and at the University of Salford, we like to put you in real life situations that give you a taste of what your future career will be like.

Industry at Salford underpins everything we do, and many of our UCAS Clearing courses are created with industry wrapped around them.

Our world-leading research advances industry knowledge, and whether it’s the opportunity to study abroad or to showcase your talents during a work placement or internship, our courses and student experience can provide you with an edge that is sought after by employers in many sectors across the world.

Student Placement Stories

Many of our students go on placements while they're studying here. Watch the video to hear from Broadcast Journalism student Tom, and Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology student Laura, whose placements involved working at BBC Radio 5 Live, and spending time in Spain and Malawi.

Get industry ready

Zahra's story

University of Salford student

Zahra, who's studying Biomedical Science, tells us about her placement and how it's giving her crucial experience for her career:

“I’m on placement at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, where I’m working as a Biomedical Science Trainee. I’m now responsible for processing patient samples, carrying out different diagnostic techniques and doing quality control checks. I’m very excited for my career; there are so many options open to me. I could become a clinical scientist, complete research, become a physician associate, or specialise in haematology or immunology as a biomedical scientist.”

Our courses

We offer a wide range of UCAS Clearing courses here at Salford. Expand the accordion below to learn more about some of our popular programmes. For a full list of courses available in Clearing, use our Clearing course search today.

Our location

Salford is in the heart of Greater Manchester, with our main campus just 2km from Manchester city centre – an internationally recognised city with a wealth of job opportunities in growing industries.

Whether you’re looking for buzzing nightlife, world-class sport, arts and culture or a thriving food and drink scene, Salford is a fantastic place to be a student.

Commuting to university?

If accepting one of our UCAS Clearing vacancies means you’ll need to commute to university, traveling here couldn’t be easier. We have a train station, on-campus parking and a regular bus service.

We've also recently introduced two brand new common rooms to our thriving campus. These have been created and designed for students who commute to university.

The common rooms feature chill-out spaces; areas suitable for solo and group study; a lounge area with a TV; a kitchenette with microwaves, fridges and hot water; charging points; gender-neutral, accessible toilets; and lockers. Find out more in this video.

Group of students with umbrellas walking down the broadwalk on a rainy day


The health and wellbeing of everyone on our campus is our top priority. These FAQs cover some of the most common questions new students are asking us about starting in September. If your question isn't answered here, please contact us on 0161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk and a member of our team will be happy to help.

Covid FAQs

When will term start?

The autumn term will start on Monday 28 September 2020. While there will be more updates to come, please take a look at this recorded message from our Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, Dr Sam Grogan, for an insight into how we will shape teaching and learning to give you the best Salford experience.

We are keeping a very close eye on Government and Public Health England advice and guidance with regard to coronavirus and social distancing. Once any further decisions have been made, we will post updates here.

What will happen with Welcome Week and teaching?

Welcome Week and teaching will start on Monday 28 September. Of course, due to the current circumstances we’ve had to make some changes to the welcome activities we would normally deliver, so we are planning a fun combination of virtual and outdoor activities.

It’s important to us that your induction is not only memorable but marks the beginning of an extraordinary trimester, so follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for further updates. 

How will I be taught?

Providing you with a hands-on, practical learning experience is something we strongly value at Salford. This September, we are striving to create an environment that ensures your safety, while enhancing the way we teach.

Some of our course content will be delivered via Blackboard, our online teaching platform. This is being upgraded to make sure you have a positive and productive learning experience come 28 September. All lectures and relevant learning materials will be uploaded onto blackboard, so you won't need to watch your lectures live. 

You will also have access to Microsoft Office and the ability to download the applications you need to your personal devices.

We are hoping to provide each of our students with a combination of online and face-to-face learning. This will vary depending on your chosen course of study, so we will provide further updates once we have a firm plan.

I have a disability. How will I be supported through these new ways of learning?

Please be assured that any adjustments required for students with disabilities are being considered in our plans. We are currently working through the details, which will be finalised before September and shared nearer the time.

How will you ensure the safety of students on campus?

Our priority is to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus. We are following Government and Public Health England advice and guidance to ensure that our campus is a safe and secure environment for all.

This is an ongoing process – from setting routes around campus and our buildings to limiting classroom capacity – to ensure that you are comfortable and able to make the most of your university experience.

Will I be able to move into university accommodation?

If you book a place in university accommodation you will be able to move in from 14 September.

To ensure the safety of students moving into university accommodation, specific time slots will be allocated for for your arrival. We are also advising that when you moving in, you are assisted by only one person so that we are able to maintain social distancing. 

Our accommodation partner, Campus Living Villages (CLV), are working to provide every student in university accommodation with an online induction, to ensure we can maintain strong hygiene standards throughout.

CLV have introduced hand sanitising stations across our accommodation buildings and will ensure that all communal and busy areas are cleaned and sanitised regularly.

Once you move into university accommodation, you and your flatmates will be considered a household and you will be able to socialise with them.

If you begin to display any COVID-19 symptoms and are required to self-isolate, the CLV team will be there for you every step of the way, from providing food parcels to arranging cleaning and looking after waste.

What support is available to students in campus accommodation?

Campus Living Villages (CLV) works closely with our askUS student support service to ensure you are supported as you move in and with any changes you may experience while away from home.

The CLV and askUS services are currently being developed online to ensure that support is accessible for everyone wherever and whenever they may need it.

I'm worried about my mental health

Student Mind is the UK’s student mental health charity. They have established a resource called transitions to provide you with information and tips to guide you through the process of moving and settling in to life at university. 

Student Mind are aware that you may be experiencing a level of distress due to the outbreak of COVID-19. If you’re in need of support during this period of uncertainty, please visit their page for more information.

What student support services are in place at Salford?

We want you to enjoy your time studying at Salford, but we understand that you may need a little extra support. That's why we have created askUS. This is our dedicated student support service, where you can get advice and information on a range of matters, from finance to wellbeing and counselling to disability and learner support. You'll find askUS in University House on campus. You can also access some of their services online. 

I need to contact someone

If you have any more questions you can contact our team by phone on 0161 295 4545 or email on enquiries@salford.ac.uk

Our opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
  • Fridays: 10:00 – 16:00

Can I speak to a current student who is studying my chosen course at Salford?

Yes, you can. The easiest way to do this is through our Unibuddy platform. Here you can learn more about your course and chat to current students. Feel free to sign up, read some of the student ambassador profiles and ask questions. It's a great way to find out more about student life at Salford.