Information on Clearing and Adjustment

Applying to university is an exciting time, however there are often questions around Clearing and how it works around A-level results day. We address some of the most common queries below.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is part of the UCAS application process that matches applicants with available spaces. There are many great courses available through Clearing, and thousands of students take this route every year, going on to find the right course and university for them. You can use Clearing to find a university place if:

  • you haven’t got any offers
  • you’ve declined all of your offers
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offer
  • you’ve changed your mind about the course or the university you originally chose
  • you’ve got better grades and want to explore your options
  • you apply after the UCAS deadline of 30 June 2019.

When does Clearing open?

Clearing opens a few weeks before A-level results day (Thursday 15 August 2019). If you’re not holding any offers, or if you’re a BTEC, IB or Access student with results already you don’t need to wait until results day to apply through Clearing.

Browse our Clearing courses.

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 15 August 2019 (A-level results day) until Saturday 31 August 2019 and is optional.

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

What happens on results day?

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

You've got your grades, you're in

  • If you achieved the required grades to meet your firm or insurance choice, then you’ve got a university place. Congratulations! Your offer will change from ‘conditional’ to ‘unconditional’ on UCAS Track and soon after results day, you’ll receive confirmation from UCAS and your chosen university confirming your place.

You’ve not met your offer conditions, but you’ve secured a place

  • If you’ve only just missed the required tariff points (or any other offer requirements) for your firm and/or insurance choice, check UCAS Track as you may still be holding an offer. The university may still offer you a place. If so, UCAS Track will show your offer being changed from ‘conditional’ to ‘unconditional’.
  • Sometimes a university may offer you a different course than the one you applied for. Consider this and call them if you want to talk it through. UCAS Track will show the deadline to accept this new offer by.

You’ve not met your offer conditions and not secured a place

  • You can now apply for a course through Clearing, where you can find an alternative university and/or course. Read our results day and clearing advice here.
  • Clearing places are limited so you’ll need to be focused on what you’re looking for, so you can make a good decision.

You’ve achieved better grades than expected and you’re considering a different course or university

  • Well done! If you’ve done better than expected and exceeded your offer conditions, you may be able to use Adjustment. This is the chance for you to reconsider courses and universities but only if you want to.
  • Adjustment is available from Thursday 15 August 2019 (A-Level results day) until Saturday 31 August 2019.
  • See more information on Adjustment

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 for university through Clearing or Adjustment. You may be nervous but admissions staff are experienced and will do all they can to make you feel at ease.

In order to be prepared, before the call, it may be useful to 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 whilst on the phone  
  • a list of questions you may wish to ask the university. At UWE Bristol, 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.

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

We also recommend that you’re prepared to attend an interview at short notice. At UWE Bristol, 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.

Accepting a Clearing offer

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

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!

If you need any further information on Clearing, Adjustment or results day, please get in touch with our Admissions Team on or+44(0) 117 32 83333.

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