What is UCAS clearing and adjustment?

UCAS clearing is the period during summer when universities advertise remaining places on undergraduate courses.

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Who can apply

You can use clearing if you:

  • applied for courses through UCAS
  • are not holding any offers, and
  • have all your exam results.

You can also apply through clearing if you applied for a course at Sussex and were unsuccessful, but you now meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

You are automatically entered into clearing if you apply late for your course (after 30 June).

If you’ve been accepted at another university but want to come to Sussex, call our clearing vacancies hotline on 01273 678416.

If you get better results than expected and want to explore other vacancies despite having secured a place at your firm choice university, you can apply through a process known as adjustment.

When to apply

Clearing takes place from July onwards.

If you have your results, you can call our clearing vacancies hotline on 01273 678416 to discuss places at Sussex.

If you have taken A-levels, you can call the hotline from 8am on 17 August when your results are published.

You can apply through adjustment on and after A-level results day (17 August).

How to apply

  1. Log into UCAS

    Check on UCAS Track to see if your status says 'you are in clearing' or 'clearing has started'.

    Find out how to apply through clearing if you don’t have a UCAS account

  2. Search for courses

    Browse our clearing places pages to see if we have any places on your chosen course.

    You should check you meet the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in.

  3. Call the Sussex clearing team

    When you have found a course you want to apply for and checked you meet our entry requirements, call our clearing team to see if we can make you an offer.

    From Wednesday 5 July at 12pm, you can call our clearing team on 01273 678416.

    Opening times on A-level results day and after

    • On A-level results day (Thursday 17 August), our clearing vacancies hotline is open from 8am to 6pm
    • Friday 18 August, our lines are open from 8am to 5pm
    • Monday 21 August, our lines are open from 9am to 5pm
    • Tuesday 22 August, our lines are open from 9am to 5pm
    • Wednesday 23 August, our lines are open from 9am to 5pm
    • Thursday 24 August, our lines are open from 9am to 5pm
    • Friday 25 August, our lines are open from 9am to 5pm.

    Make sure you have your UCAS Personal ID and clearing number when you call us (you can find them in UCAS Track).

    You must call us yourself. We can't discuss your application with other people, including parents and relatives.

    We normally tell you on the phone if we can make you an offer.

  4. Accept our offer using UCAS Track

    After you have called us and we have made you an offer, you will get an email from us telling you what to do next.

    This will involve logging into UCAS Track and clicking 'add clearing choice'.

    You accept our offer by filling in the course details by the date we give you on the phone.


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