What is UCAS Clearing
Find out about the Clearing process, how to apply and when Clearing opens
What is university Clearing
UCAS Clearing is the period during summer when universities advertise remaining places on undergraduate courses.
You can apply for a Clearing place if you want to study at university, but are not holding a place and/or have not met the conditions of your offers.
You can contact universities to try and secure a Clearing offer. You need all your exam results before you can enter Clearing.
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.
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.
Who can apply?
You can use Clearing if you:
- are registered with UCAS (find out how to apply through UCAS)
- are not holding any offers
- have all your examination results.
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, you can call our Clearing team to discuss your options.
If you applied for a course at Sussex and were unsuccessful, but you now meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, you can also apply through Clearing.
When does Clearing open?
Clearing starts from July onwards (or as soon as you have all your qualification results). Adjustment doesn’t start until A-level results are published in August.
You can find Sussex courses you can apply for through Clearing on our website from July.
Sign up to our Clearing email alerts for updates on when Clearing vacancies are open and how to apply.
Log into UCAS
Check on UCAS Track to see if your status says 'you are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'.
Search for courses
Browse our Clearing places pages once clearing is open from July onwards.
You should check you meet the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in.
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.
Make sure you have your UCAS Personal ID when you call us.
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.
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 normally involve logging into UCAS Track and clicking 'add clearing choice' by a deadline, which we'll give you in your offer.
If you have questions about your application, please contact Admissions on:
- Undergraduate admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are other contact details which may be useful: