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Things you need to know and FAQs on Clearing at the University of Portsmouth

What is clearing?

Clearing is a service you can use if you have yet to secure a place at a University or College for the current year. It begins on 5 July 2017 (and for A level students on 18 August) and is available to all students (UK, EU and international students from outside the EU).

How can I apply through Clearing?

You can apply through Clearing by calling our Admissions Team on the Clearing Hotline +44 (0)23 9284 8000 on or after 5 July. It’s useful if you have a UCAS Personal ID number to hand. But don’t worry if you don’t have this, or didn’t apply through UCAS.

How do I apply through Clearing if I already have a confirmed place?

You can still call the Clearing Hotline to speak to one of our advisors. If you have already accepted an offer through UCAS at another institution, you will need to contact that institution to get them to release you into Clearing.

Who is eligible to apply through Clearing?

Anyone can apply to the University through Clearing.

What courses are available through Clearing?

Please visit the UCAS website for the most up-to-date list of course vacancies. Please note that entry requirements can change during Clearing, so if you do not meet the entry requirements displayed on the website, please do not be deterred from applying as we may still be able to offer you a place.

Do I have to pay a fee to apply through Clearing?

The University doesn't charge an application fee. If you have already applied through UCAS and have paid the full application fee, you will automatically be made eligible to use the Clearing service.

What information should I have available when I call the Clearing Line?

We will need to take your UCAS Personal ID (if you have one), as well as details of the qualifications that you have obtained to date. Please try to have these details with you before you make a call.

I am not able to apply through UCAS, can I still apply to Portsmouth through Clearing?

Yes you can. Please contact the clearing line on +44 (0)23 9284 8000 on or after 5 July to speak to an adviser.

Can I apply through Clearing and also defer for the following year?

We do consider applications for some courses for entry in 2018 through Clearing, however, please talk to a member of staff by calling the clearing line on +44 (0)23 9284 8000 to see if this option is available for your chosen course.

How do I organise my accommodation?

Our Student Housing department will be able to assist you in finding accommodation. Please visit the website for further details.

I have received an offer through Clearing, how can I accept it?

UCAS applicants: Please log into UCAS Track and add a Clearing choice using the details in our offer e-mail by the deadline provided. Non-UCAS applicants: Please visit on the link provided in the offer e-mail and complete our online Record of Prior Acceptance form.

What if I am on holiday when I get my exam results?

You may still contact the University to apply through Clearing. We can send correspondence via email, so will still be able to get in touch with you.

Do I need to send copies of my qualifications?

Yes. If successful with your application, we will email you to let you know how you to get your qualifications to us.

I will be under the age of 18 years old on the 1st September 2017, can I still apply to Portsmouth?

In law, anyone under the age of 18 is a minor, and therefore university registration of such a person requires that parental/guardian consent should be completed, signed and submitted for applicants who will be under 18 at the start of the academic year. If your parents are living outside the UK you will be required to provide the contact details of a guardian within the UK. Forms and guidance will be sent by email when we make you an offer.

What are the entry requirements for the course I wish to apply for?

Full details of entry requirements for our courses are available on our website. However, these entry requirements should only be viewed as a guide, and can change during Clearing. If you do not meet the entry requirements displayed on the website, please do not be deterred from applying as we may still be able to offer you a place.

Is it too late to apply for a student loan?

You will need to apply for your student loan as soon as possible but it is not guaranteed that you will receive your loan before your course starts. Please contact Student Finance England as soon as possible.

I am an international student, who can I contact for more information?

Additional information for international students can be viewed on our website. If you are an international student, please contact the International Admissions team: international.clearing@port.ac.uk and a member of the team will be happy to answer your questions.

Are there any terms and conditions with my offer?

Yes, full terms and conditions are available on our website: Clearing offer terms

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