Clearing 2024 opens on 5 July

Clearing 2024 closes on 21 October 2024. 

We'll support you through every step of Clearing, so there's nothing to worry about. 

What is Clearing?

Every year, thousands of students find their ideal course in UCAS Clearing. 

Clearing gives you another opportunity to find the best course for you - whether you've changed your mind, your results surprised you, or you're just starting to think about going to university this year.

Clearing could be the perfect option. 


I'm really glad that I applied for clearing. It definitely paid off.


Clearing is a process of applying to university after the deadline for applying for your uni. So if you decide to change your course or to change your university, clearing is how you can get into those universities.


I had originally applied to Portsmouth to do Sociology with Criminology, and then decided the course probably wasn't for me. So very, very last minute I decided in the summer that I wanted to switch courses and I found International Development and then it was too late to change through the normal application process, so I decided, well, the only option was to go through clearing.


It was very nerve-wracking. I was afraid that I'd end up with nothing. However, that definitely wasn't the case and there was so much support and information online that was given to me. So it was quite straightforward. It wasn't difficult or scary at all.


It was surprisingly super, super easy. I was put in touch with my course leader and it was all sorted within the hour, basically, after results.


The first thing I would say to somebody applying for clearing is, don't panic.


Keep positive and less worried when applying to the clearing process.


It's actually very quick and very easy.


Literally, the whole process of clearing took me less than 24 hours.


Whether it's enrolling you to a course that you wanted or even just providing information for you, the clearing team will always have your back.


I definitely recommend anyone that's worried to just go with their instinct and do it.


I'm really happy with the choice I've made. Things don't go according to plan on purpose and it happens for the best.


I felt relieved knowing I’d gotten what I wanted and my dream was about to come true.

How to prepare for Clearing?

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Who can apply through Clearing?

You can apply through Clearing if:

  • You don't meet the conditions of your offer for your firm (first) or insurance (second) choice courses
  • Your exam results are better than you expected and you want to change your course or university 
  • You don't hold any offers
  • You've accepted an offer but changed your mind about the course you want to do
  • You're applying for the first time after 30 June 2024 

Find out more on UCAS

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Clearing advice for international students

We welcome Clearing applications from international students and you can apply in exactly the same way as UK students do. 

The majority of UK students apply through Clearing once they receive their A level / T level results in August 2024, so as an international student if you already have your exam results you can apply when Clearing opens. 

If you would like further information or guidance, please contact our international office for advice. 

Why choose Clearing at Portsmouth?

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