What is Clearing?

If you're interested in our Clearing 2023 places, we understand that you may have some questions, like what is university Clearing and do universities accept lower grades through Clearing? Discover everything you need to know about university Clearing 2023 and life as a student at the University of Salford.

So, what is Clearing? And how does university Clearing work? 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, you’ll be able to start university in September. Clearing 2023 opens on Wednesday 5 July, and you can apply for a course as soon as you have your exam results.

We know that applying for a university Clearing place can be confusing, that’s why we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about Clearing 2023. Discover if you’re eligible for university Clearing and the how the Clearing process works.

Clearing FAQs

Am I eligible for university Clearing 2023?

You can apply for UCAS Clearing courses if: 

  • You’re applying after 30 June 2023
  • 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 when Clearing opens on Wednesday 5 July. Learn more about when you can apply 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 this September. 

Clearing 2023 events

We understand that choosing the right place to study is one of the most important parts of the UCAS Clearing process, so we recommend exploring our virtual tour before you apply.  

This is an important part of applying for UCAS Clearing, as it will give you the chance to find out more about life at the University of Salford. 

Alternatively, let students Megan and David give you a video tour. Click on the video below to take a look around. 

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 2023 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.

Student Placement Stories

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

Zahra's story

Clearing 2021 student

Zahra, who studied Biomedical Science, told us about her placement and how it gave her crucial experience for her career:

“I was on placement at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, where I was working as a Biomedical Science Trainee. I was responsible for processing patient samples, carrying out different diagnostic techniques and doing quality control checks. I’m very excited for my career, there are so many options open to me. I could become a clinical scientist, work in research, become a physician associate, or specialise in haematology or immunology as a biomedical scientist.”

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 day

Contact us

Call our Clearing 2021 team

If you have a question about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545.