Clearing timetable

Check out the key dates for Clearing and Adjustment 2018 before the August rush.

5 July: if you have your results, start Clearing

If you're still waiting for results, you can sign up to our Priority Clearing service. This will give you more information on Clearing and allow you to jump the queue on results day.

16 August: A-level results day

The majority of Clearing activity begins when students get their A-level results.


Sign in to UCAS Track and check to see if your offer has been accepted. You may still be offered a place even if you've missed out on the grades.

You'll know you're in Clearing if your status says 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'.

The university's Clearing phone lines open at 6am. Call us on 020 8331 9000 with your results and UCAS ID number. You'll also need to have an idea of the course you'd like to study. We'll discuss this, plus any other courses that might be suitable, to help you find the degree that's right for you.


As well as scheduled events, most universities put on extra tours or Open Days during Clearing. These may not be advertised online, so it's worth contacting the institutions that you have applied to or are considering about a visit. We will be offering campus tours throughout A-level results week. If you'd like to visit, please contact us.


The earliest you can submit your decision through Clearing is 3pm on results day. This enables you to research the programmes and institutions properly before deciding. If the institution confirms that it'll accept you, you can add the choice in the 'Your choices' section in UCAS Track.

You can contact as many universities and colleges as you like during Clearing, but you can only add one Clearing choice at a time – the one you want to accept.

From 17 August: Clearing continues

Our Clearing team will be available to discuss courses with you.

Late September–early October: Clearing closes

Clearing closes when universities are officially full or at the start of the academic year, when students enrol and begin their courses.

Confused about Clearing?

If you need more help or information about Clearing, read our useful guides.