Haven’t applied for university yet? Declined your firm choice? Read our university Clearing guide to find out everything you need to know about Clearing – from how it works to when to apply.

How does university Clearing work

So, how does Clearing work? If you don’t have a university place yet, or you’ve changed your mind about where or what you want to study, Clearing gives you a second opportunity to apply by enabling you to find and apply to courses that still have places available.

In line with UCAS Clearing advice, you can apply through Clearing if you:

  • Didn’t get your firm or insurance choice universities
  • Have changed your mind about where or what you want to study
  • Didn’t receive any offers when you first applied
  • Are applying after 30 June 2020
  • Were unsure about university during the first round of applications and didn’t apply
  • Achieved better grades than predicted (if this is the case, you may be able to apply for a place at a university that requires higher grades – this can be done through the UCAS Clearing and Adjustment process)

When does Clearing open?

Clearing starts on 6 July and closes on 20 October. If you haven’t met the entry requirements for your chosen course, or you haven’t received an offer from a UK university, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

If you’re thinking about applying through Clearing this year, you won’t be able to do so until you have your exam results. For A-Level and most new BTEC courses, results day is 13 August 2020.

How to apply through Clearing

Getting into uni through Clearing is how thousands of students obtain a place on their ideal course every year, but it’s always good to prepare yourself for results day, which can feel stressful if you’re not familiar with the Clearing process.

If you’re still feeling unsure about whether the Clearing process is for you – don’t worry. We’ve outlined a range of scenarios that might apply to your situation.

Which situation best describes you?

I'm an international student.

If you want to start a course at the University of Salford, please email us at clearing-international@salford.ac.uk

Before you get in touch, please make sure that you have the following information to hand and include the details in your email.

  • The name of the course or courses you would like to study
  • Details of your academic qualifications, including GCSEs, A-Levels, BTECs, or equivalent
  • Details of your English language proficiency, including the name and results of your relevant qualifications. The English language requirements for our courses are detailed on our course pages. You can also check our information on English language requirements for details on what we accept in your region
  • A copy of your passport. If you have spent any time in the UK previously, you should also provide evidence of your immigration status in the UK, including copies of all previous UK visas or a copy of your GV51 refusal form if you have had your visa rejected

Once you’ve contacted us to discuss the course you are interested in, our team will be able to assess your qualifications and either recommend applying to the University of Salford or offer an alternative solution.

I haven’t applied anywhere yet.

If you want to start a course with us at the University of Salford, we would recommend applying as soon as possible. To find out more about the courses we offer, research our courses now.

If you haven’t registered with UCAS, you can make your application directly through us. If you have your exam results and are ready to apply, get in touch with our friendly Clearing team on 0300 555 5030 - they will be on hand to assist with your application and answer any questions you may have. 

You can also request a call back at a time that suits you. Simply fill in the form on this page and one of our team will be in touch. 

Before you call us, make sure you have the following information handy:

  • Which course or courses interest you
  • Details of your qualifications (including GCSEs, A-Levels and BTECs)

Once you’ve contacted us to discuss the course you are interested in, we will send you an application form, which you should submit along with copies of any relevant certificates. We will then assess your application and update you on the outcome within five working days.

I applied to university through UCAS, but I didn’t get the grades for my firm or insurance choice.

  • The first thing to do is to check the status of your application via UCAS Track to see if your firm or insurance choice university has confirmed your place
  • If you’ve been unsuccessful at your chosen university, you can contact our friendly Clearing team on 0300 555 5030 to discuss your options
  • Before you call, make sure that you have the following information handy:
     
    • Which course or courses interest you
    • Your UCAS ID
    • Details of your qualifications (such as GCSEs, A-Levels and BTECs)
  • If we offer you a place through Clearing, you will need to add this new course as your Clearing choice

I applied to university through UCAS, but I didn’t get any offers.

  • If you applied to university through UCAS before 30 June but didn’t receive any offers, you will be automatically entered into Clearing
  • As soon as you have your exam results, you will be able to apply to the University of Salford
  • When you’re ready to apply, contact our friendly team on 0300 555 5030 to discuss your options
  • Before you call, make sure that you have an idea of which courses interest you, your UCAS ID, and details about your qualifications to hand
  • If you are offered a place with us through Clearing, you will need to add this new course to your UCAS Track

 

Salford is my first choice, but I’m not sure if my place is confirmed.

  • To see whether your place is confirmed, you can check UCAS Track or call our confirmation helpline
  • If your place with us is confirmed – congratulations! We’ll be in touch with you soon with details about what happens next
  • If you’ve been unsuccessful, we’re sorry - this means that we’re unable to offer you a place on your chosen course this year. If this happens, you can still contact our friendly Confirmation team to discuss your options

I’ve accepted a place elsewhere, but I want to study at Salford

  • If you’ve been accepted by your firm or insurance choice university but want to study at the University of Salford instead, you can contact our friendly Clearing team on 0300 555 5030 to discuss your options
  • If we offer you a place through Clearing and you choose to accept it, you will need to visit UCAS Track and release yourself into Clearing. You’ll then need to add your new course as a Clearing choice on UCAS
  • Before you release yourself into Clearing, please make sure that you talk to us first to check our vacancies and your eligibility for the course you want to study

I've met and exceeded the conditions of my first choice and I want to study at Salford

  • If you’ve already secured a place at your firm choice university but want to study a course at Salford, you can still apply here through a process called Adjustment - as long as you have met and exceeded the conditions of your original offer. Learn more about Adjustment, from how it works to accepting offers

Clearing advice

We understand that Clearing and can feel a bit overwhelming. Choosing the right university and course is a big decision, and one you may feel pressured into making quickly. If you’re thinking about applying through Clearing, we recommend getting a head start on doing your research – the sooner you start this, the better. That way, you have more time to consider your options.

When you’re researching different options for getting into uni through Clearing, make sure you find out about the university’s location, what modules are offered on your course, facilities and whether the style of teaching delivery is going to suit you. These factors will differ at each university, which is why it’s important to find out as much as you can before applying.

During the process of figuring out the best option for you, it’s a good idea to speak to your teachers, parents and friends. They might have useful advice or may have been through the process before. 

It's also wise to attend virtual tours and events events wherever possible. Here at Salford, we’re holding online campus tours on 15 and 22 July where you can learn more about our campus and ask our students what it's like to study here. If you can't make our campus tours or want more information about student life, explore our virtual tour today to find out where you will study, sleep and socialise as one of our students.

Becky's story

Becky, who studied Zoology at the University of Salford, tells us about her Clearing experience:

“Looking back, the Clearing process was much easier than I’d thought. Before I called, I was quite nervous and thought I’d need to answer lots of questions. But it wasn’t like that at all – they just wanted to get to know me and find out whether I’d be the right person for the course. When they asked me if I’d like to apply it was just a few questions over the phone. Then after a quick chat with the tutor I was offered a place.”

Contact us today

Got a question or ready to apply? Call our Clearing advisors on 0300 555 5030 – they’re ready to help. Our phone lines are open 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 10:00 - 16:00 Friday. You can also request a call back at a time that suits you. Simply fill in the form on this page and one of our team will be in touch.

If you’re planning on calling us, it’s worth getting a few things prepared so that you feel calmer and more organised. We’ll need to know which courses interest you, your UCAS ID number if you have one, and details of your qualifications. Remember, you’re the only person we can discuss your application with, so you’ll need to make the call yourself.