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Clearing and adjustment advice

There are plenty of great courses out there - read our helpful guide and you’ll be all set to find the right course for you.

Please call us on 0117 32 83333 for further advice.

What is Clearing and when does it open?

Each year, universities use Clearing to advertise courses with spaces still 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 for. 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 think you might need to go into Clearing, start thinking about your back-up plan, because preparation really is key.

Clearing opens several weeks prior to A-Level results day on Thursday 16 August 2018.

If you’re not holding any offers, or you’re a BTEC, IB or Access student with results, then you don’t need to wait. Get a head start, begin your research early and contact us and remember you don't have to wait until results day to call us and get an offer.

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If you have any questions, please call our Admissions Team on 0117 32 83333 to discuss your options.

What is Adjustment and when does it open?

Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. You’re eligible for Adjustment if you’ve met and exceeded the conditions of your firm offer. Adjustment is optional so you can look at alternative courses that interest you. If you go through Adjustment, and don’t find a suitable alternative course, the unconditional firm offer you received on A-Level results day will still stand.

There is no course vacancy list for Adjustment so you'll need to contact universities directly and tell them you want to apply via Adjustment. Be sure to confirm at this stage that you're only gathering information about course vacancies: only verbally agree an offer if you’re absolutely sure you want it.

Adjustment is available from Thursday 16 August 2018 (A-Level results day) until Friday 31 August 2018 and is optional.

For further information on Adjustment, please visit the UCAS website.

Draw up a Clearing shortlist

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 scores
  • 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.

Before you call us

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

  • 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 whilst on the phone to our Admissions Team 
  • a list of questions you may wish to ask our Admissions Team. We want you to make the right decision for you so we’re always happy to answer 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.

During the call

We appreciate that you might feel nervous calling us, and that’s understandable. It’s an important call after all. But don’t worry. We have friendly, experienced admissions staff who’ll make you feel at ease right away as they guide you through the many exciting opportunities available to you.

They’ll probably ask some questions to learn a little more about you. Typically, they’ll ask your reasons for picking a particular subject, and give you the chance to demonstrate some knowledge of the course, and of UWE Bristol.

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

Finally, we can't discuss your application with your parents or teachers, so please make sure you call 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 to see if it's there, and if not please get back in touch.

Clearing is a competitive process, but don’t feel pressured to accept a place straight away. Take 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 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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