9th July 2018

Clearing can be a confusing and emotional process, particularly if you’re entering it off the back of missing out on your desired grades. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, at BGU we are dedicated to clearing up the confusions of the process, turning into the start of your new adventure.

How Do I Apply for a Course Through Clearing?

Once you’ve found a course you like and have been given a verbal offer by the university, you need to add the course as your Clearing choice in the ‘Your Choices’ section of UCAS Track

What Grades Will I Need to Apply for a Course Through Clearing?

It depends on the university you’re thinking of going to. The entry requirements during Clearing can vary from university to university, so you’ll need to speak to them and let them know the grades you’ve achieved, and ask if they will consider you for the course.

What Does ‘Conditional’ Mean?

If it says ‘conditional’ next to your offer but you have the required grades for your firm or insurance offer, don’t panic – UCAS Track may not have been updated. But do contact the university if you are concerned about this. If you have missed the grades for your firm or insurance offer and it still says ‘conditional’ then contact the university, as they may not have made a decision yet. If your firm or insurance choice don’t accept you, then you’ll enter Clearing.

What Does ‘UCC’ Mean?

If you have missed your firm or insurance offer but you’ve been accepted onto a different course, this will show up on UCAS Track as UCC (unconditional changed course) with the new course code. Consider the new course carefully. It may be quite different from your original choice, so make sure you look through the university website or speak to someone at the university to find out everything you need to know about the course before accepting. You may also be eligible for other alternative courses at the university so it is worth speaking to them about this. You have five days to decide whether to accept this alternative or decline it. If you decline, you will either go to your insurance university (if applicable and if they have accepted you) or into Clearing. If you are happy with the changed course offer, you must accept it on UCAS Track. Remember – you must do this within five days.

What if I’m on Holiday on Results Day?

If you know you’re going to be away over results day, you’ll need to make arrangements with your school to ensure you can receive your results, if you can’t get them online. If you end up going into Clearing, make sure you do everything possible to contact universities as soon as you can – if you leave it until you get back you will have much less choice.

More info

Clearing is available between July and September and offers students who have not yet secured a place at university the opportunity to apply for available places.

If you find yourself in Clearing, don’t hesitate - give us a call. Our professional Clearing staff will be able to give you all the advice you need and find a course perfect for you. Simply call (01522) 583698 and they’ll talk you through it all.

Alternatively, why not come and visit us? We’re running a special Clearing Open Day on Friday 17th August where you can speak to staff in person and really get a feel of what BGU has to offer.

This Open Day is specifically designed for people who are making decisions in Clearing. It will allow you to come and learn more about the university, explore our beautiful campus, find out more about Lincoln, ask questions of our staff and really get to know us. So what are you waiting for?