Clearing: frequently asked questions

If you've got a question about UCAS Clearing, find your answers here.

We know that making the right decision is really important to you. If the current situation is causing you uncertainty, please see how we've been preparing for September.

What is Clearing?

Clearing helps thousands of people each year to find university places. It is useful in a range of situations.

You might have missed out on your offers due to exam results. You might have changed your mind about what or where you want to study. You might have just decided to apply to university.

If any of these situations apply, you can apply through Clearing.

How does Clearing work?

You can apply through Clearing from 5 July, as soon as you have all your grades. Most learners recieve these on or around A-level results day (10 August). Other qualifications, such as BTEC, SQA and QCF & RCF qualifications, will also be released on this day.

Some results are released earlier. International Baccalaureate (IB) results are expected on 6 July. Pearson QCF BTEC results are expected on 8 July.

If your UCAS Track status says 'In Clearing', or if you want to make a late application to Greenwich for other reasons, get in touch with us.

Check our list of courses to find something suitable and give us a call (using your priority number, if you have one).

We may be able to offer you a place on a similar course if your first choice is not available, so it's always worth getting in touch!

What can I study through Clearing?

Most courses are available through Clearing, as long as there are places available.

Give us an idea of what you want to study, and our Clearing advisers will help to match you to a course.

When does Clearing open and close?

In 2021, Clearing opens on 5 July. You can get in touch as soon as you have all your results.

Most Clearing activity takes place around A-level results day (10 August). Other qualifications, such as BTEC, SQA and QCF & RCF qualifications, will also be released on this day.

We'll be available from 8.30am on results day to support you with your applications and enquiries.

However, you can beat the rush by signing up for a priority phone number.

Clearing is usually open until the end of August and often continues into September. We cannot say exactly when it will close.

I've already accepted an offer. Can I still apply to Greenwich?

Yes! Clearing allows you to change your mind about where or what you study. What's more, you can call us and discuss your options before you make any final decisions about an offer you have already accepted.

If you decide you want to come and join us at Greenwich, our teams will guide you through the process of selecting our offer.

How do I release myself during Clearing?

If you have a confirmed place at a university but you decide to study somewhere else, you must release yourself before you can apply to another institution.

To release yourself, log in to UCAS Track and follow the instructions. Once you do this, you lose your secured place and enter the Clearing process.

You can only release yourself if you have a confirmed place (i.e. once you have received all your results) - not while you hold a conditional offer.

If you need to know more, contact our Clearing advisors on live chat.

How do I accept an offer from Greenwich?

To accept an offer in Clearing from the University of Greenwich, visit your UCAS Track account and add us as a Clearing choice. Enter the UCAS course code that you've been accepted on, along with our institution code, G70. Spaces on our courses are limited so be sure to respond as soon as you can to secure your place.

Once you've done this, we will work on setting up your student profile and send you the information you need to register as a student. We'll introduce you to our Welcome Team, who can help you through these steps.

My grades are better than expected. Can I come to Greenwich?

If your grades are better than you expected and you want to find a course with a higher entry tariff, you can enter a process called Adjustment.

Can international students apply through Clearing?

Yes, as long as you've already applied to universities through UCAS.

Can I still get a student loan?

Yes. Student loans are available for any eligible students accepted through Clearing. You should apply as soon as possible to avoid delays to your first payment.

If you've applied late to Student Finance England and won't receive your first loan payment by the start of term, we can provide short-term loans of up to £500. Pick up a form from your local Student Centre on campus.

If you've already applied for a loan but changed universities during Clearing, you will need to notify your loan provider (Student Finance England or similar).

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that may be of benefit to you. Some of these you could receive automatically when you join.

Can I still apply for accommodation?

Yes. We offer an accommodation guarantee for new full-time students who meet a few basic criteria and we can normally provide housing in halls for the years that follow. It's a great way to meet new people and make lifelong friends. If you would prefer to live in private accommodation, we can also help with this.

Our accommodation promise includes a coronavirus break clause and a rent-free period for overseas students who are required to quarantine by the UK government.