University Clearing and Adjustment 2021

Clearing remains open for UK students, but we are now closed for international students. View our Clearing vacancies for UK students.

If you’ve taken A-levels, we're normally looking for:

  • First-year entry: from BCC upwards
  • Foundation Years: from DDD upwards

If you've achieved our entry requirements, phone us on +44 (0)1273 007832

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.

How to apply

Further information in this section: 

Key dates for Clearing 2021

If you apply for a university course after 30 June 2021, you'll automatically be entered into Clearing. Clearing 2021 opens in July 2021. Key dates for your diary include:

  • International Baccalaureate, BTEC, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and other international qualifications and vocational courses: Clearing is open as soon as you have your results from the 5 July 2021
  • A-level results: Clearing opens on 10 August 2021
  • Scottish Highers: Clearing opens on 10 August 2021. 

What’s happening in September 2021?

We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of students to our campus and accommodation during Welcome Weekend in September (Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 September 2021).

We are also optimistic that from September 2021 the main form of teaching will be in-person, on campus, although we will of course make changes if needed in response to the global pandemic.

Please read the latest information for those thinking of applying to Sussex.

We're getting ready to welcome you to Sussex

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.

Adjustment is available from A-level results day on 10 August 2021.

Find out more about Adjustment from UCAS.

Accommodation at Sussex

We will have 300 guaranteed university-managed housing vacancies for Clearing in 2021, that will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 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 asap whether their application falls within the guaranteed number of places.

From early July, we aim to inform all International Clearing students of their guarantee of an offer within five working days of them receiving a course offer and joining the housing waiting list. We will then send out room details to these students in late July and early August. 

We will endeavour to allocate the remaining guaranteed clearing students after A -level results (10 August) within five working days of their course offer.

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

Explore our accommodation options.

Find your space at Sussex

Explore our campus

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

Campus tours

Get a taste of life at Sussex by exploring our campus on a guided tour.

Book a campus tour

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.

Find out more about choosing a university and a course


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