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What is UCAS Clearing?

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


Please note: Details around Clearing for 2024 applicants are subject to change. Please keep checking our site for up-to-date info.

Northumbria University’s UCAS clearing process is your opportunity to find a course with vacancies. Find out more about the UCAS clearing process below.

Clearing opens on 5th July 2024

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 from your initial UCAS applications or there are none you wanted to accept (including any through Extra).
  • Applied after 30th June
  • You did not meet the conditions of your offer
  • Have declined all of your choices
  • You can also apply through Clearing if you not applied in the main cycle previously and this will be your first application

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 Hub 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.

  • 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 Hub 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.
  • If you are applying for a creative course, you may be asked to provide a portfolio before we can offer you a place so it is a good idea to prepare one in advance, just in case.

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.

If you are applying for a course at Northumbria University through UCAS Clearing, 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 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 find out more information Here.

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. Know the Process. 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 2023. 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. 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.

This year Northumbria University, Newcastle is open for Clearing from 5th July 2024. If you have your results then please call us on our Clearing Hotline: 0800 085 1085.

*Calls to our Clearing Hotline may be recorded for training and quality purposes. Please note, the hotline opening times may be subject to change.



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