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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.

Clearing 2020 opens on Monday 6 July but you can still contact us now on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 to discuss your options.

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 help with accommodation

If you need accommodation, we’ll help you find a place to live in Portsmouth and people to live with. We have an online accommodation search featuring University-approved landlords and we hold house hunting events to help your search.

Once you’ve found a place to live, our Residence Life Team can give you help, advice and support 7 days a week, all year round – even out of hours.

3. 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.

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.

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.

To contact us about Clearing, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

What our Clearing students say

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

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

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More about the Clearing process

How does Clearing work?

To apply through Clearing, you:

  1. Find courses you want to do
  2. Contact universities directly to see if they'll offer you a place (you can call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090)
  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.

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.

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.

Contact us about Clearing

To contact us about Clearing, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090

Our Clearing hotline is open 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday).

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