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What is UCAS Clearing?

All you need to know to get you through the UCAS Clearing process.

Clearing Helpline: 0800 085 1085

Clearing is your opportunity to find a course with vacancies if you don’t have a confirmed place. Find out more about the UCAS Clearing Process from Northumbria University.

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Northumbria University’s UCAS clearing process is your opportunity to find a course with vacancies if you don’t have a confirmed place. Find out more about the UCAS clearing process below.

You are eligible to go through UCAS clearing to find a place if you have applied in the current application year and if you:

  • Are not holding any offers (firm or insurance) from your initial UCAS applications (including any through Extra).
  • Applied after 30 June.
  • Do not have a confirmed place from your firm or insurance course.
  • Have declined all of your choices or been declined by default.
  • Have not withdrawn your application.

The application fee is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £25 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June 2020. Log on to your UCAS Track account to make the additional payment.

If you are eligible for UCAS Clearing then UCAS will automatically give you a Clearing Number, you can see this by logging on to your UCAS Track account.


What is the UCAS Clearing process?

Clearing is a great opportunity for you to find a place on another course. Some of our most successful students come to Northumbria University through Clearing.

  • UCAS Track will show if you’re eligible for Clearing.
  • The UCAS website will list all Clearing vacancies for all universities and all courses. There are lots of these, so it’s a good idea to have a shortlist of courses and universities you’d like to apply to.
  • You can also search for courses with Clearing places on individual university websites.
  • Decide which courses and where you would like to study and start calling universities.
  • You can approach as many universities as you want during Clearing and don’t have to accept the first offer you get (unless you really want to).
  • If you want to apply to Northumbria University, call our Clearing Helpline on 0800 085 1085.

What to expect when you call:

  • You must call yourself. Sorry, we can’t speak to your family or friends on your behalf.
  • Have your UCAS personal identification number and your Clearing number handy. You’ll find this on your UCAS Track account.
  • Know the title and UCAS code of the course you are interested in studying.
  • Have details of all your qualifications, including your GCSE and other results.
  • Be prepared to talk to the Admissions Tutor and answer questions about why you want to choose a particular course.
  • Have a pen and paper to hand so you can note down important details.
  • Think of any questions you want to ask to help you make your decision.

What happens next?

see how to prepare yourself for results day and find out why you can relax and get on with celebrating if you have been successful in securing your place at Northumbria here.

Student finance when entering through UCAS Clearing or Adjustment

If you are applying for a course at Northumbria University through UCAS Clearing or Adjustment, you will need to consider your finance options. Preparing yourself in advance means you can be calmer on the day if you do enter the Clearing or Adjustment service.

If you've already applied for student finance and the course you are accepting in the UCAS clearing process has changed from the one on your application form, then you need to let your funding authority know as it could affect what you're entitled to.

However, if you haven't yet applied for student finance, then you will need to do so quickly. You can download more information here (pdf).

Results Day - Our Top Tips

It’s your future. Let us help you feel prepared for Results Day this August. With your final results now out of your hands, it’s time to relax and enjoy your summer. On Results Day itself, here’s how you can feel prepared:

  1. Eat a good breakfast. You will need all the energy you can get. Make sure you have an early night before results day and get breakfast in the morning. It could be a long day. 
  2. Get clear on clearing. Make sure you understand the UCAS Clearing process in advance. We have all the information you’ll need here including our Clearing animation film.

  3. Have your tools to hand. Write a list of what you’ll need: a fully charged phone, a pen, notepad, a note of the course you want to apply to, your UCAS personal ID number, login details for UCAS and the Student Finance Company, a bottle of water and snacks.

  4. Stay Calm. If you don’t get your expected results, then don’t stress. The UCAS Clearing process is an opportunity for you to secure a university place in September 2020. You’ll need to remain calm to make a rationale decision on the day. 

  5. Have a practice phone call. It’s better to be prepared for the worst. If you go into clearing then you need to phone up your desired university, not your parents or a friend. Treat the call like a job application so it’s sensible to have a pretend practice call to prepare.

  6. Find a course. If you don’t get the results you expected, did better than you thought or just had a complete rethink, don’t panic. You can explore other degree or foundation degree programmes or trade-up your place through adjustment. Browse through UCAS or Northumbria University courses and find a course you’d like to do. 

  7. Know the Clearing Hotline number. Once you’ve found the course you want to study at, make a note of that university’s Clearing Hotline number. Northumbria University’s Clearing Hotline is 0800 085 1085.

  8. Talk through your options. You’ll need someone to talk to on the day. Speak with your parents/guardian or your teachers/career advisors about your options. They’ll provide support and the clarity you need to make a decision.


Take a look at our Results Day & UCAS Clearing Process Q&A

Clearing Course Search

Search online to view our courses in clearing. If you don’t quite have our standard entry requirements but are close to them then do give us a call as it may still be possible to consider you.

Clearing Guide Mobile App

We know you probably have lots of questions and/or even worries around results day, so, we thought you might find our brand new Clearing Guide app a useful source of information to help you through the UCAS Clearing and Confirmation process!

Additional Qualifications

You may not be aware but Northumbria University accept a number of ‘additional’ qualifications which can be counted towards your UCAS points total*

Clearing Experiences

UCAS Clearing can seem like a really scary and daunting experience but it's actually quite a positive and stress-free process for most students. To help you understand UCAS Clearing and see how positive it can be we asked a number of our students who came to us through Clearing to tell us their experiences.

Advice for Parents and Guardians

Help your son or daughter stay calm by working with them to prepare for what will happen if they enter UCAS Clearing on results day 2020.

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