Whether your results weren't what you were expecting, you haven't applied to university yet, or you've declined your firm choice - read our university Clearing guide to find out everything you need to know about Clearing, from how it works to when to apply.

How does Clearing work?

So, how does Clearing work? And what happens in Clearing? If your grades aren't what you were expecting, you don’t have a university place, or you’ve changed your mind about where or what you want to study, Clearing gives you a second opportunity to apply by enabling you to find and apply to courses that still have places available.

In line with UCAS Clearing advice, you can consider applying through Clearing if you:

  • Didn’t get your firm or insurance choice universities
  • Have changed your mind about where or what you want to study
  • Didn’t receive any offers when you first applied
  • Are applying after 30 June 2021
  • Were unsure about university during the first round of applications and didn’t apply
  • Achieved better grades than predicted (if this is the case, you may be able to apply for a place at a university that requires higher grades – this can be done through the UCAS Clearing and Adjustment process)

When does Clearing start?

Clearing starts on 5 July 2021 and closes in October 2021. If you haven’t met the entry requirements for your chosen course, or you haven’t received an offer from a UK university, you will automatically be entered into the university Clearing process. If you’re thinking about applying through Clearing, you will need to wait until you have your exam results.

How to apply through Clearing

Getting into uni through Clearing is how thousands of students obtain a place on their ideal course every year, but it’s always good to prepare yourself for results day, which can feel stressful if you’re not familiar with the Clearing process.

If you’re still feeling unsure about whether the university Clearing process is for you – don’t worry, just read our Clearing advice below.

Clearing Plus

In Clearing 2021 you'll be able to use Clearing Plus, a new tool developed by UCAS designed to match you to your ideal course. If you’re applying to university for the first time through Clearing, or if you previously applied but didn’t receive an offer, you’re eligible to use Clearing Plus. Learn more about how Clearing Plus works on the UCAS website.

Clearing advice

We understand the university Clearing process can feel a bit overwhelming. Choosing the right university and course is a big decision, and one you may feel pressured into making quickly. If you’re thinking about applying through Clearing 2021, we recommend getting a head start on doing your research – the sooner you start this, the better. That way, you have more time to consider your options.

When you’re researching different options for getting into uni through Clearing, make sure you find out about the university’s location, what modules are offered on your course, facilities and whether the style of teaching delivery is going to suit you. These factors will differ at each university, which is why it’s important to find out as much as you can before applying.

During the process of figuring out the best option for you, it’s a good idea to speak to your teachers, parents and friends. They might have useful advice or may have been through the process before. 

It's also wise to attend Clearing events and take virtual tours wherever possible. We'll update this page in summer 2021 with information about the different ways you can learn more about us before applying through Clearing.


Becky's story

Becky, who studied Zoology at the University of Salford, tells us about her Clearing experience:

“Looking back, the Clearing process was much easier than I’d thought. Before I called, I was quite nervous and thought I’d need to answer lots of questions. But it wasn’t like that at all – they just wanted to get to know me and find out whether I’d be the right person for the course. When they asked me if I’d like to apply it was just a few questions over the phone. Then after a quick chat with the tutor I was offered a place.”

Our 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.

Contact us today

If you've got a question about getting into uni through Clearing 2021, contact us on enquiries@salford.ac.uk or call our friendly team on +44 (0)161 295 4545.