Planning for Clearing

Clearing opens on 5 July. You can get in touch as soon as you have all your results. The busiest time for Clearing is on A-level results day. Make sure you’re ready.

How do you plan for Clearing? The following guide is designed to help you out.

Before results day

Do your research

  • Think about the courses you would like to study and any alternatives.
  • If you can, visit the universities you're interested in.
  • We offer campus tours in July and August. Come and visit us!

Gather information

Collect the information you need, so you're ready to go:

  • Your UCAS number (if you have one)
  • Grades, such as A-level, BTEC and GCSEs
  • An idea of the courses you'd like to study
  • Clearing phone numbers and opening times.

Beat the rush on results day with a priority phone number.

On results day

Morning: from 8am

  • Your grades are released at 8am on the UCAS website.
  • If your UCAS Track status says, 'In Clearing' or 'Clearing has started', or if you've changed your mind, get in touch!
  • Our phone lines will be open. Call us on 020 8331 9000 (or your priority number).
  • If the course you want to do is full, there may be similar courses available.

Afternoon: from 3pm

  • You can submit your Clearing decision from 3pm. This gives you time for research before you make any decisions.
  • If the university confirms that it will accept you, you can add this to 'Your Choices' on UCAS.
  • You can speak to as many universities as you like, but you can only add one Clearing choice to accept at a time.

Clearing timeline

5 July: Clearing opens

If you have your results, you can start Clearing.

Mid-July - 14 August: BTEC results

BTEC results are released from mid-July. Once you have all your results, you can contact our Clearing team.

15 August: A-level results

The UCAS website releases your results at 8am. Our phone lines will be open. You can submit decisions from 3pm.

16 August - September/October

Clearing continues until our courses are full or the academic year begins.

Opening hours

Our Clearing advisors are available during the hours below. If you need to contact us outside of these times, you can email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Date Open
Monday 7 July - Wednesday 14 August 9am - 5pm
Thursday 15 August (A-level results) 6am - 8pm
Friday 16 August 8am - 6pm
Saturday 17 August 8am - 6pm
Sunday 18 August 10am - 3pm
Monday 19 August 8:30am - 6pm
Tuesday 20 August 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 21 August 9am - 5pm
Thursday 22 August (GCSE results) 9am - 8pm
Friday 23 August (onwards) 9am - 5pm