Clearing: Top tips to get you a place

Clearing can be an anxious time for students and places at university are usually offered on a first come first serve basis. June Hughes, University Secretary and Registrar at the University of Derby, gives her top tips for being prepared and staying calm during the process.


Whether you’re a new applicant for this September, have changed your mind since applying, or think your results will be different to what you were predicted, Clearing and Adjustment could be for you.

Before results day

Before results day (16 August), get hold of the UCAS Clearing list by visiting UCAS Search and selecting the Clearing 2018 option. This facility is available now and will give you an opportunity to see what’s currently available (more choices will appear on results day).

Get yourself prepared the night before and ring as soon as lines open to give yourself the best chance. I recommend you take note of the opening hours of university hotlines in advance as most will open earlier than normal office hours.

On results day

On the day of your results you’ll notice the Clearing list being constantly updated. Remember to also log on to university websites as they will publish their own lists.

Make sure you have important details close by before you begin contacting universities. You’ll need to have your UCAS number, exam results and your log-in details for Track. You may also want to compile a list of questions to ask and have your personal statement to hand to answer any questions.

Once you have a list of universities you wish to contact, find a quiet place, take a deep breath and start calling. Try to remain calm and composed so you can really sell yourself! Ensure you take the details of anyone you speak to in case you need to contact them later.

If you receive a Clearing offer over the phone, make sure you get written confirmation of your conversation as well as the expiry date of the offer.

To register for Clearing in advance, go to: To speak to our Admissions staff call: 01332 592018.

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