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Clearing guidance

In 2015, more than 60,000 students successfully gained a university place through Clearing. There are plenty of great courses out there, but you’ll need to move fast. Read our simple, stress-free guide, and you’ll be ready to make the most of the opportunities on offer.

Please call us on 0117 32 83333 for further advice.

What is clearing?

Each year universities use Clearing to advertise courses which have spaces available. Clearing is an ideal way for students to find courses similar to ones they were interested in, but may not have met the offer conditions. Students can also use Clearing to explore alternative course options.

Perhaps your exams didn’t go well and you may not get the grades you need? The moment you feel you could face Clearing, work out a back-up plan, because preparation is key.

Get a headstart on clearing

Clearing actually opens several weeks prior to results day in August.

If you’re not holding any offers and you’re a BTEC, IB or Access student with results, then why wait? Get a headstart, begin your research early and contact us.

View our Clearing courses for 2017

Draw up a clearing shortlist

Don’t pick a course just because there are spaces. You’ll be studying for three or more years, so a subject must excite you if you’re to achieve future success.

  • Gather additional information to help with your shortlisting.
  • Check out the career prospects for your course, and the student satisfaction scores.
  • Research the campus, the location and facilities.
  • Use the university's social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, to build an even better picture.

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

Before you call

Ensure you’re in a quiet place where you will not be interrupted, and that your mobile phone is charged. Have a pen and paper ready along with the following items:

  • 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.

Keep your Personal Statement handy. It highlights your skills and strengths, and you may want to refer to it when speaking to our Admissions team.

Prepare a list of questions. At UWE Bristol we’re always happy to answer your queries about our courses, campuses, or any concerns you may have.

During the call

We know you may be nervous about calling us, but please don’t be. We have experienced, friendly, admissions staff who’ll make you feel at ease as they guide you through the many choices and opportunities available.

They may ask some questions to learn more about you. Typically, they’ll want to know your reasons for picking a particular subject, and that you can demonstrate some knowledge of the course, and of UWE Bristol.

Be prepared to come in for an interview at short notice. If you’re applying for an Art, Health-related or a Teaching course, you may need to be flexible as available interview dates can be limited.

Finally, we can't discuss your application with your parents or teachers, so please ensure you speak to us yourself.

Accepting a Clearing offer

If you receive a UWE Bristol Clearing offer, we’ll email you to confirm details within 15 minutes. The email will include all the instructions you’ll need to accept the offer, plus a deadline date.

If you don’t receive our offer email within 15 minutes, check your spam folder before you get back in touch.

Clearing is competitive, but don’t feel pressured to accept a place straight away. Take time to assess your options. All we ask is, if you want to take us up on our offer (and we sincerely hope you will), please do it before the deadline lapses.

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

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