Clearing FAQs

What is Clearing?

The UCAS Clearing process gives you another opportunity to find a course you want to study at a university you’ll love.  If you apply for a course though Clearing and your application is successful, you’ll be able to start university in September 2024. Clearing 2024 opens on 5 July 2024, and you can apply for a course as soon as you have your exam results. 

Am I eligible for university Clearing 2024?

You can apply for UCAS Clearing courses if: 

  • You’re applying after 30 June 2024
  • You didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept) 
  • You didn’t meet the conditions of your offers 
  • You’ve changed your mind about where or what you want to study 

If you're eligible to apply through Clearing, we recommend starting your search early. To find out more about the courses we offer, start your search today.

What do I do if I don't get into university?

Getting your results can be stressful, but if you don’t manage to get into your first choice or insurance choice universities, don’t panic. There are plenty of options available to put your mind at rest – including university Clearing.
UCAS Clearing can seem like a scary process, but once you know what to expect, it’s much more straightforward. There will also be lots of people on hand to help, including university staff, tutors, friends and family. Why not take a look at our guide to Clearing for useful advice on the UCAS Clearing process?

Can I apply through Clearing before results day?

If you’re patiently waiting to get your exam results, you might be wondering: can I apply through Clearing before results day?   

The simple answer is, you can only use Clearing when you have your exam results, so if you don’t know your grades yet, you’ll need to wait until you receive them before you apply. However, in this situation we still recommend that you start your course search early. It’s a good idea to be fully prepared, so you can avoid the rush on results day. 

If you already have your results, you can apply through Clearing now. Learn more in our guide to Clearing.   

How many universities can I apply to through Clearing?

You can only apply to one university Clearing place at a time. Once a choice has been selected, you cannot add another, unless you’ve been unsuccessful with the first one. That’s why it’s so important to really examine the courses in Clearing to see which one sparks your interest. Explore our courses today and discover what you could start studying at Salford. 

Clearing 2024 events

Our Clearing events for 2024 will be announced closer to the time. If you're interested in applying for a course at Salford, learn more about our upcoming Open Days and events

You can also explore our virtual tour and watch the video tour below with students Megan and David.

Campus tour

Why choose Salford for university Clearing?

At the University of Salford, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best university experience possible – and that starts when you apply for a course. That’s why we’ve made the university Clearing 2024 process as simple and easy as possible, so you can start getting excited about your next chapter. 

When it comes to your future, it’s experience that counts, and through our courses, we like to put you in real-life situations that give you a taste of what your future career will be like.  

Industry at Salford underpins everything we do and many of our UCAS Clearing courses are created with industry wrapped around them.   

Our world-leading research advances industry knowledge. Whether it’s the opportunity to study abroad or to showcase your talents during a work placement or internship, our UCAS Clearing courses and student experience can provide you with an edge that is sought after by employers in many sectors across the world.  

Make exciting plans for your future. Find your ideal course and become unstoppable at the University of Salford.

Lloyd's Clearing story

Salford student Lloyd Townsend stood in front of a stone wall at night with river and lit up building behind him.

Lloyd, who applied to study Accounting and Finance through Clearing, tells us about his experience:

“While I applied to Salford in the heat of the moment, it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The support I’ve received from my lecturers and other staff has been second-to-none. From helping me find the right accommodation, to getting part-time work in industry, and the guidance I received for my placement applications – it’s been invaluable. My confidence has grown massively and the independence I’ve gained has been amazing. I’ve discovered so much about myself through my university experience, and I would absolutely recommend the Clearing route to anybody.”

Student Placements

Many of our students pursue placements while they're studying here. Watch the video to hear from Broadcast Journalism student Tom, and Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology student Laura, whose placements involved working at BBC Radio 5 Live, and spending time in Spain and Malawi.

Get industry ready

Our UCAS Clearing courses

We offer a wide range of UCAS Clearing courses here at Salford. Expand the accordion below to learn more about some of our popular programmes, or search our full range of courses to find your ideal subject today.

Our location

So, why should you consider Salford when choosing your university Clearing place? Salford is in the heart of Greater Manchester, with our main campus just 2km from Manchester city centre – an internationally recognised city with a wealth of job opportunities in growing industries.  

Whether you’re looking for buzzing nightlife, world-class sport, arts and culture or a thriving food and drink scene, Salford is a fantastic place to be a student.

Commuting to university?

If accepting one of our UCAS Clearing places means you’ll need to commute to university, traveling here couldn’t be easier. We have a train station, on-site parking, and a regular bus service.  

We've also introduced two common rooms to our thriving campus. These have been created and designed for students who commute to university. The common rooms feature chill-out spaces; areas for solo and group study; a lounge area with a TV; a kitchenette with microwaves, fridges and hot water; charging points; gender-neutral accessible toilets; and lockers. Find out more in this video.  

Group of students with umbrellas walking down the broadwalk on a rainy

Contact us

Call our Clearing 2021 team

If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545 or