Thousands of students obtain a place at university each year through the clearing process. It's your chance to find the right course and university for you, to start this September.
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Clearing hotline: To secure your place for 2023 call us on 01905 855111

Who can apply in clearing

There are lots of reasons why you may apply through clearing. You might have decided to change your subject or career path. No matter what your situation, clearing can open up exciting opportunities. 

You can use clearing if:

  • you’re applying for a place with us after 30th June 2023
  • you didn’t receive any offers from universities or if you didn't recieve an offer from a university that you wish to attend
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in your application

It's worth remembering that you'll automatically be entered into UCAS clearing if you do not receive an offer from either your conditional firm or your conditional insurance choices.

Clearing is open to any student who wants to apply to a university, regardless of the qualifications they are currently studying (such as BTECs). Mature students can also use clearing, along with international students. If you are an international student, you should aim to go through Clearing as soon as you have your grades. This will give you the time to obtain the necessary visas to be eligible to study in the UK.

When does clearing start and end?

Clearing officially starts on 5 July and ends on the 17 October 2023. However, for many students clearing centres open around A-level results day on 10 August 2021 (you will not be able to enter clearing until you have your exam results).

Mature students, and those with existing grades, can begin to apply from 5 July.

Applying to us through clearing is quicker than your initial UCAS application and often takes place over the telephone. You can still apply to us through clearing if you have not made an initial UCAS application to any universities this year.

We have places available on a range of courses. To secure your place for 2021 call us on 01905 855111. 

What do you need to know?

Here's our step-by-step guide to clearing:

  1. We will publish a list of courses which still have places available.
  2. Using our course list you can research possible courses ahead of time that you might wish to apply for and put them in priority order. You might wish to think about maximising your choices by considering a joint course with another subject instead of a single subject course.
  3. Entry requirements for courses may vary and you can always ring us to ask any questions you might have.

On the Telephone:

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  1. Don’t Panic! Our staff are prepared, friendly and ready to answer your questions. We will help you as much as we can. Although it might be tempting to ask a parent or guardian to call us, we do need to speak to you personally on the phone as there may be questions you need to answer. Our clearing hotline number is 01905 855111.
  2. When you call us on 01905 855111 please have to hand your grades, UCAS number and the course you'd like to study. If you can’t get through to us immediately do keep trying. Although clearing can be very busy we are here to answer your calls and will speak to you as soon as possible.


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  1. Regularly check UCAS track. If you become eligible to use clearing an “Add clearing choice” option will appear on your Track Choices Screen. You can also check this option with any of your choices directly.
  2. If you do not get a place at your firm choice university you might want to be released from your insurance choice because you want to go into clearing and apply to us. If this is the case, secure a verbal offer from us on the telephone before contacting your insurance university and asking to be released from your offer.
  3.  You can only add one clearance offer at a time to your UCAS track. You may also wish to sign in to your UCAS Track account and click the ‘decline my place’ button on your profile page to release yourself into clearing. It is still best to get a verbal offer from us before doing this.
  4. Once we have made you an offer over the telephone, add the University of Worcester as an option on UCAS track. You will receive a notification later that day through UCAS track and will need to accept our offer. Later, you will also get some more information from us via email with details of accommodation and student finance. Our offer may take a short time to appear but our Admissions Team will update your status on UCAS the same day that we make you the offer.

After results day:

  1. Visit us and apply for accommodation. We'll be holding Clearing visit days later this year. You can also visit our accommodation pages to find out more information about applying for accommodation and choosing the right home for you after applying to us through clearing.

We look forward to meeting you in September!

Clearing hotline

We have places available on a range of courses. To secure your place for 2021 call us on 01905 855111