University Clearing and Adjustment 2020

Clearing 2020 is now open for anyone with all of their results. Explore University of Sussex Clearing vacancies, check entry requirements and apply below.

Please note that Clearing for A-level students opens on 13 August 2020.

Achieved our entry requirements? Call +44 (0)1273 007820 to speak to our team.

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What’s happening in September 2020?

Although the current situation in the UK is subject to change, we are currently expecting to welcome thousands of students to our campus and Brighton accommodation during Welcome Weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 September 2020). Please be assured that our first priority is to make sure that our Sussex campus will be a safe place to live and study.

Read our information and advice for applicants and those interested in applying.

The Vice-Chancellor welcomes new students to Sussex

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    Hello, I’m here in our Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, one of my favourites places on campus. It’s just one of our buildings in the middle of our beautiful campus in the South Downs National Park and on the doorstep of Brighton, one of the UK’s most vibrant and colourful cities on the Sussex coast.

    It is a lot quieter now than usual, but we are looking forward to the start of the academic year and welcoming thousands of students to the campus during Welcome Weekend in September. And you can be assured that our brilliant Estates and Student Support teams will have thought of everything so that Sussex will be a safe place to live and study for you. Your learning will be a blend of in-person teaching in classrooms, laboratories and remote learning - and if social distancing rules are still in place we will have set up all the safety measures that we need. This blended learning will allow you to discuss, debate and explore the subjects you choose to study with your lecturers and fellow students – offering a really modern way of learning.

    There has never been a better time to study. Over the past few months you have experienced the most significant change to society, that people the world over, have seen decades. Now is the time to harness your experiences to find the answers to your questions and ignite your passion for learning to achieve your true potential by studying at Sussex.

    Of paramount concern to us is your health and safety. It is our responsibility and we are putting all the measures in place, so you don’t have to worry. If you are in a classroom or the library, the right social distancing measures will be in place and we will have organised our spaces to ensure that everyone is able to move around the campus in a way that adheres to the guidelines. There will be an even greater emphasis on extra and more regular cleaning too. Of course there is a lot to think about, and we have a tremendous team of experts, including our very own scientists, who are making all this possible by looking at every single detail.

    When we recently asked our staff and students what they feel is the most important value to define us, they unanimously agreed, it was the spirit of kindness. And it is with kindness that we will welcome all our students onto our campus and into our community next year. We know the past few months will have been difficult for so many of you and we will all be here to support you every step of the way.

    So join us and be part of the next generation of University students who are ready to meet new people, discuss ideas and work together to create a better world.

We’re getting ready to welcome you in September

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    As our campus begins to reopen, we’re getting ready to welcome you. We’ll be offering a mix of learning.

    Whilst much will be online at first, there will be classroom learning too.

    We’re prioritising what we know works best in the classroom, like small group learning, tutorials and seminars. And we’re combining these with other ways of remote learning, so you can learn at a time that best suits you.

    Where it’s safe, we’re making sure campus facilities are open. This includes carefully managed access to our wonderful library, where we have a new click-and-collect service. So you’ll never be without the books you need.

    Our facilities are right on your doorstep. You can safely get your clothes cleaned, buy fresh bread, visit the pharmacy or see the doctor all on campus. Even the local supermarkets and takeaways deliver here!

    We know that the past few months have been really tough, and we understand you might have some concerns about starting University. But our advisors in all of our student support services are here to help, and talk through anything that’s worrying you. For new students, our Pre-Welcome programme 'Get Ready' launches shortly after you receive your results and our Welcome Week 'Get Settled' includes activities to help you find out everything you need to get started. At Sussex you never need to feel alone.

    We’ve adapted seminar rooms, labs and study spaces.

    And we’ll be regularly deep cleaning our buildings and equipment. Our management teams will be a very familiar sight on campus! We’ve installed hand sanitiser stations too. And our Estates Team have working to manage pathways, to give you the freedom to move around campus safely.

    Face masks will be available for everyone, when they need to be worn inside. We’re all in this together.

    We understand the importance of getting to know people and Covid has taught us new ways of doing this. Even with social distancing in place, loads of societies will be open online with many others, like our popular dog walking society back up and running as soon as possible.

    Our brilliant sports facilities will be open too. So if you’re keen to keep fit, have a kick about, or do the occasional yoga class, we’ll make sure there’s something for you.

    The Student Union will also be here for you every step of the way. They’ll help you settle in, provide platforms for debate and discussion – and have some fun too!

    There will be so many ways to enjoy Sussex from day one. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Key dates for Clearing 2020

If you apply for a university course after 30 June 2020, you'll automatically be entered into Clearing. Clearing 2020 opens in July 2020. Key dates for your diary include:

  • International Baccalaureate results: Clearing opens on 6 July 2020
  • BTEC and other vocational courses: Clearing is open as soon as you get all your results in July or August
  • A-level preview: A-level students can see which courses will be available through Clearing on 11 August 2020 but will not be able to apply until they have their results on 13 August 2020
  • A-level results: Clearing opens on 13 August 2020
  • other European and international qualifications: Clearing opens as soon as you have all your results in July or August. 

Help and guidance

Find your course 


If you get better results than expected, you can explore other course vacancies through a process known as Adjustment, even if you've secured a place at your firm choice university.

We have a number of adjustment vacancies at Sussex, which will be available for you to browse in the summer. 

Adjustment is available from A-level results day on 13 August 2020.

Find out more about Adjustment from UCAS.

Accommodation at Sussex

Once you have secured your place at Sussex, we'll send you a link so that you can apply for housing.

The University of Sussex has 500 guaranteed University managed housing vacancies for Clearing in 2020 that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We anticipate that even more vacancies than this may be available. The vast majority of university managed accommodation is on campus, with a small amount off campus in the city of Brighton.

Students applying for University managed accommodation will be informed about whether their application falls within the guaranteed number of places as soon as possible.

From the end of July, we aim to inform all International Clearing students of their accommodation allocation within five working days. We will endeavour to allocate the remaining guaranteed places for all other students within five working days of their course offer on or after A-level Results Day (13 August 2020).

In the unlikely event that we are unable to allocate University-managed accommodation, our Housing Team are able to provide advice and support to help secure accommodation in Brighton’s extensive private rental accommodation sector.

Explore our accommodation options.

Virtual tour

Could there be a better place to be a student than our beautiful campus? Nestled in the South Downs National Park, we’re just nine minutes from one of the UK’s most iconic cities and the sea.

To get a picture of life on our campus and the excitement of being in the city of Brighton, take our virtual tour.

Begin your 360° journey

Have you considered a Foundation Year?

Our Foundation Years are designed for talented applicants who do not quite meet the criteria for entry into the first year of an undergraduate course.

They enable you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills to support your transition to university. Successfully completing your Foundation Year allows you to continue on to a range of related degrees.

Take a look at our Foundation Year options.

Hear from students who came through Clearing

If plans for applying to your chosen university change, don't panic. Read some of our students' stories about how they found the Clearing experience and how they secured a place at Sussex.

Uni checklist: How to choose a university

Before you choose a university, check it has everything a university should have: 

  1. Was it founded in the year of progress?

    We were founded in 1961 when humanity went to space and hatchbacks were on the streets. 

    Find out more about us.

  2. Is it nine minutes from Brighton?

    We're located just nine minutes from Brighton & Hove and zero minutes from the South Downs National Park.

    Discover more about our location.

  3. Does it have iconic architecture?

    Our students have posed next to our concrete University of Sussex sign for decades.

    Our 60-year-old architecture remains as beautiful as it did on day one - and some of our buildings are Grade I listed. 

    We also have our very own arts centre named after our former Chancellor Lord Richard Attenborough.

    Read more about our architecture.

  4. Is it working with robots to create future technologies?

    Our Future Technologies Lab is teaching future workers about robotics and other developing technologies. 

    Explore our research.

  5. Does its students stand up for what they believe in?

    Studying at Sussex is about more than just the classroom – you'll be encouraged to push yourself, explore new ideas and stand up for what you believe in. Our staff have also included three nobel prize winners. 

    Read about our inspiring community.

  6. Does it have an ever growing list of societies?

    Our Students' Union has more than 200 societies and sport clubs for you to choose from. 

    Find out more about our Students' Union.

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