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Clearing Explained

Confused about Clearing? Here’s some more information.

Understanding Clearing

Clearing is how universities and colleges are able to offer any places they still have on their courses.

From 5 July, we will be accepting applications through Clearing. You can use Clearing if:

  • You are applying doe the first time after 30 June,
  • You didn't receive any offers from your original applications (or none you wanted to accept),
  • You didn't meet the conditions of your offers,
  • You have declined your firm place using the 'decline my place' button in your UCAS application.

You’ll know you’re in Clearing if your UCAS Hub status says ‘You are in Clearing’. If you are holding an offer elsewhere but would like to explore your options in Clearing, you can do so by getting in touch with us. You’ll need to take note of your UCAS Personal ID.

Find out more about Clearing on the UCAS website:

Finding courses in Clearing

We will announce courses available at RGU through Clearing shortly. Remember, you don’t need to apply for courses similar to those you have applied for previously; there will be lots of different options available to you.

Applying through Clearing

If you’ve found a course that you’re interested in, contact our Student Admissions team to confirm that you meet the Clearing entry requirements and that we have vacancies for you. We may be able to make an unofficial offer by email or phone and will advise on next steps, which may include an interview.

Once the Admissions team have confirmed that you should apply, you can refer yourself in your UCAS Hub account by clicking ‘Add Clearing choice’ and completing the course details provided by the university. This means if the university offer you a place, it will show as an automatic acceptance by you on your ‘Choices’ page. You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university doesn’t confirm your place, you’ll be able to add another.

Preparing for Results Day

If you don’t get the results you expected don’t panic, you will see the status of your offers in your UCAS Hub account from the morning of 6 August. You may still be offered a place on your original course choice, even if you didn’t meet all of the conditions of your offer. If you do not meet the entry requirements for your firm and insurance choices, then you will be entered into Clearing.


Don’t worry, if you apply to us using Clearing there is still time to secure your place in student accommodation. Once RGU has confirmed your place, you can apply for RGU accommodation online using your student number.


When your place is confirmed, you will need to get in touch with your relevant student finance organisation if you are looking to secure a student loan.

Offer Holders

If you have an offer from us, you can find out more about your next steps via our Offer Holders Hub.

Other options

If applying to an undergraduate course isn't for you, we may have other options. Graduate Apprenticeships provide fully-funded structured training to degree level.

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