Clearing 2022

Clearing Explained

You can still join the University of Lincoln this September, and you don't need to wait until you get your exam results before you think about Clearing. Explore our helpful guide and discover how you can start to prepare.

Clearing is the process universities use to allocate remaining places on their undergraduate courses ahead of the new academic year. It's a great way to find the ideal course for you if you are not holding any university offers.

Clearing opens on 5 July 2022 and runs until 19 October 2022. The busiest day for Clearing is A Level Results Day, which this year is on Thursday 18 August 2022, because this is when many university applicants find out if they have met the conditions of their firm or insurance choices of university place. 

This could be the ideal way to find a place if you:

  • didn’t get into your firm or insurance university choices
  • didn’t get any offers when you first applied
  • don’t want the places you have been offered and want to self-release into Clearing
  • were unsure about university during the first round of applications and didn’t apply. Remember, if you're applying before 30 June 2022, you can still apply as normal through UCAS.

If you got better grades than predicted, you may be able to use Clearing to get a place on a different course at a university with higher entry requirements.

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Get a Step Ahead

You don't need to wait until you get your exam results before you think about Clearing. There are plenty of things you can do now to prepare yourself in advance, even if you think you know what grades you're likely to achieve.

Plan for Different Outcomes

It is always worth planning for different situations, even if you're confident in what you think you will get in your exams. Consider a few different outcomes so you are fully prepared for Clearing. For example, you may want to plan for if you do better than you expected, or if you don’t do quite as well as you hope. Consider a few different combinations of grades and try to match these to some course entry requirements.

Do Your Research

Most universities will publish their Clearing vacancies from around 5 July in 2022. For A Level students, this means you will have more than a month to research different universities and courses before results day, matching these against different combinations of grades that you may achieve. Consider a range of different courses you might be interested in studying and think about your interests.

Be Ready to Ask and Answer Questions

It is a good idea to prepare any questions you might want to ask before you contact universities about a place. This can help you to make sure that you're making the right decision.

When you contact universities, there are some common questions advisors might also ask you. It is important to prepare your answers to these questions to help make things easier for you. These questions might include:

  • Why are you interested in this course?
  • Why are you interested in the University?
  • Why do you think you didn't get the grades you were expecting?
  • Why are you applying for a different course?

Prepare Your Student Finance

You don't have to wait until you get an offer before you apply for student loans or student finance. When you complete your finance application you can put down the university and course you want to do. Once you have an offer you can go back and update your account with the correct details if these change during Clearing.

Once you get to university, it doesn’t matter if you came through Clearing — it’s Freshers’ Week and it’s one of the best weeks of your life. The route you’ve taken doesn’t matter, I would say you’re going to end up where you’re meant to be.

George Wyatt, BA (Hons) Marketing Management graduate

What If I Already Have a Place?

Clearing self-release allows any applicant who already holds a place at a university, either firm or insurance, to decline it and release themselves into Clearing. You can then apply to a different university or course through Clearing on the UCAS Hub.

You should think carefully before releasing yourself into Clearing. Your existing university place is unlikely to remain open if you change your mind. Changing universities at this stage means also means you’ll have to reapply for accommodation and update your student finance application.

Guidance for Parents and Teachers

Explore our guide to Clearing for teachers and parents to find out more about how you can support your child or your students as they approach results day.

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