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Find the best course for you

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

Clearing and Adjustment give 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 starting university this year.

To apply through Clearing:

You can also sign up for Clearing Virtual Open Day, ask us a question or message us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

When you contact us by phone or online chat, we can normally give you a decision there and then.

When you complete the application form, we receive this straight away and an admissions officer will be in touch with you to confirm the next steps.

Our Clearing hotline is open 8.00am–7.00pm on Friday 14 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 15 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 17 August.

No. 21 university in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2020)

Top 30 for student satisfaction in the UK – 2nd in the south east National Student Survey (NSS) 2020

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

No. 1 for graduate salary boost in the uk (The Economist, 2017)

Why choose Portsmouth through Clearing?

1. You'll get support at every step

We have Clearing phone lines to help you through the process and find the course that suits you best.

2. You'll get outstanding teaching, facilities and great future prospects

We hold the highest possible rating for the Government-backed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) scheme – Gold. This means our teaching, learning and student outcomes are outstanding, and among the highest quality in the UK.

3. You're guaranteed a place to live

We can offer the majority of Clearing, Insurance and Adjustment students a place in halls of residence. There are plenty of other accommodation options in the city too, meaning we can guarantee you'll have a place to live when you choose to study with us.

4. You'll be taught by lecturers with years of experience in teaching and industry

Our expert lecturers have years of experience in teaching and industry. Many remain active in their professions, and because they're continuously developing their knowledge, they'll teach you the relevant, most-recent things you need to know, so you can hit the ground running in your career. 

5. You'll practise the skills you'll use in your career

We design our courses and facilities to make sure you get experience in simulated work environments. These include our newsroom, mock courtroom, model pharmacy, forensic house and fully equipped TV studio.

The Clearing phone line helped a lot. I could call and get an instant reply. Although it was an impulsive choice to apply to Portsmouth through Clearing, it was one of the best choices of my life.

Danika Atkinson-Cox, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

6. You'll live in an inspiring city

In Portsmouth, you'll be spoilt for choice in your downtime. Stroll along Old Portsmouth's cobbled streets or check out the area's boutique galleries and quirky cafes. Indulge yourself at Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet or explore the past in our Historic Dockyard. Great weather? Grab some fish and chips for a picnic on Southsea Common. 

7. You'll find your people

We have societies and clubs to suit everyone including anime, bhangra, breakdancing, sci-fi, water polo and even quidditch. Our sports facilities include a gym with more than 100 workout stations, various free weights areas, squash courts, football and rugby pitches, tennis courts and more.

8. You'll always have someone to talk to

Our Student Wellbeing Service gives you that extra bit of emotional support. We offer workshops, courses, advice, mental health support and counselling to guide you. We even have a group of welcome ambassadors, current students who will help you settle into life at the University.

9. You'll study at a top 21 UK University

Portsmouth has gone up in the Guardian University Guide rankings for 5 successive years. We currently rank in 21st place. We're also in the top 30 in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS, 2020).

What to expect if you're starting uni in 2020/21

Things will be a little different in 2020/21, but you'll still have a great, varied and enriching experience when you study with us this year.

Find out what university will be like in 2020/21.

To apply through Clearing:

You can also sign up for Clearing Virtual Open Day, ask us a question or message us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How does Clearing work?

To apply through Clearing, you follow these steps:

1. Find courses you want to do

You can find courses by browsing university websites or by using Clearing Plus by choosing the ‘My matches’ option in UCAS Track (Clearing Plus isn’t available to everyone).

2. Contact universities directly to see if they'll offer you a place

You can call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or talk to us on live chat (when available). When you contact us by phone or online chat, we can normally give you a decision there and then.

Another way to contact universities is by selecting the 'I'm interested' button in UCAS Track. This allows universities to contact you if they still have places on the courses you're interested in. But it might mean you miss out on popular courses if universities have already filled places via their phone lines or websites.

3. Accept the best offer for you

When you get an offer, you can accept it in UCAS Track. If you didn't apply through UCAS, many universities let you apply directly.

Clearing eligibility

Anyone can apply directly to us through Clearing, even if you hold an offer from another university or you haven't applied through UCAS yet.

If you're from outside the UK or EU, you can't apply for Clearing through UCAS but you will be able to apply to us directly. Call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8785 and we'll run through everything you need to do.

I had accepted an offer from another university. I decided to change. I phoned the Clearing hotline and the people on the phone were nice and helpful. I loved the courses that were on offer.

Hibah Malik, BA (Hons) Media and Digital Practice

Press play to find out more about Clearing from our students

Jason: Clearing is an experience that loads of students go through. Talhaa: This is especially for when you don't get the results that you expected. Jordan: It's a backup plan or a support system. Lucy: But it is actually quite a good opportunity to turn that into a positive and actually look at what is happening and where you can go.

Jordan: Anyone can go through Clearing. So people who don't achieve the grades that they wanted to achieve when applying to university. Jason: People who apply for university after the UCAS deadline. Rebecca: Or simply just change their mind and want to apply for university later on in the stage. 

Jason: So, first of all, you need to go on the UCAS track on results day to see if you're in Clearing. Rebecca: Have a look at the universities that you think you might like to go to and the courses that you might like to study.

Jordan: Once you're happy with your course and university you can reserve your place. Talhaa: You can find their phone number either on their university website or on the UCAS website. Jason: Take time and do research before making a decision. You could get advice from friends family and teachers.

Contact us about Clearing

To apply through Clearing:

You can also sign up for Clearing Virtual Open Day, ask us a question or message us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

When you contact us by phone or online chat, we can normally give you a decision there and then.

When you complete the application form, we receive this straight away and an admissions officer will be in touch with you to confirm the next steps.

Our Clearing hotline is open 8.00am–7.00pm on Friday 14 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 15 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 17 August.

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