What is Clearing and Adjustment?

Clearing and Adjustment can sometimes be overwhelming, but this article explains how you can conquer clearing. 


  • Clearing

    Clearing is the process that gives applicants the option to find a course at university if they have already applied through UCAS and haven’t managed to secure a place. For students who don't hold any offers, this means you can apply to universities while holding your results. 

    It is also an opportunity for those who have not made an application in the main cycle to find a place, as long as they register with UCAS to use the service and have received their results.

    From 5 July, you can apply through early clearing if you have already received your results.

    To be eligible to apply through Clearing you cannot hold any offers to study at an institution. If you’re in any doubt about whether you’re holding an offer, you can view this on UCAS Track.

  • Adjustment

    Available from the 15 August, Adjustment is for those who have exceeded the grades outlined in an offer. For example, if your offer is AAA and you receieve A*AA you are eligible for Adjustment.

    Adjustment is optional, and you can register to enter into the Adjustment process via UCAS Track. This option is available for five 24-hour periods from the moment your offer changes from conditional firm (CF) to unconditional firm (UF).

    You can then use this time to explore opportunities to find an alternative place if you wish to change the course or university for which you are holding a UF offer. During this time, you still keep your existing UF choice and this will only change if you make the decision to accept an alternative offer.


  • I'm waiting for my results, can I apply now?

    To apply through Clearing or Adjustment, you need to have your final results. We will then use these results to determine your eligibility to study on your chosen course. You should wait before contacting universities or making any changes to your application until you have received your final grades.

    However you can start to view Clearing vacancies on UCAS and university websites from 5th July to get an idea of what may be available to you once you do have your results. Note that these vacancy lists may be updated frequently and some universities may not list any vacancies before 15th August.

  • What number should I ring to apply?

    The telephone number for clearing and adjustment will be released closer to results day. Register your interest by completing our enquiry form to be kept updated. 

  • Do I need a UCAS ID?

    You will need to have a valid UCAS account to apply through Clearing and Adjustment. Check the UCAS website.

  • How do I check whether I'm eligible for Clearing or Adjustment?

    To check whether you're eligible to apply, check your UCAS account. You can see whether you've secured your firm or insurance choices, and whether you're eligible to enter into Clearing or Adjustment.

  • What if I'm away for results day?

    It's best to make a plan if you know you're going to be away for results day. Let your school know where you're going to be, and make sure you can get connected to the internet or a telephone.

  • Further questions

    If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing clearing@sgul.ac.uk.