Skip to main content

Find your place at BU

We are open for Clearing. Already got your results? Call us now on +44 (0)1202 966777 to find your place at BU this September, or start your application.

Helpline opening times

Monday 3 August - Wednesday 12 August

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 13 August

6:30am - 8:00pm

Friday 14 August

8:00am - 6:00pm

Satuday 15 August

10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday 16 August

10:00am - 3:00pm

Monday 17 August onwards

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

What is Clearing?

Clearing is organised by UCAS and is the last opportunity for you to find a place at university in September of a particular intake. Clearing is for students who:

  • Haven't got the results they expected and therefore have been unable to secure their first or second choice of course
  • Sent their application to UCAS after 30 June
  • Haven't already applied through UCAS before the deadline and would like to make a new application.

Think you might have done better than you expected?
You may also be able to use the Adjustment process to change your university choice.

Preparing for Clearing

There are a few things you can do to give yourself a head start before you start your Clearing journey. Every year thousands of students find a suitable university place through Clearing, so above all try not to panic and feel pressured into making a hasty decision on results day:

  • Get started with our Clearing 2020 toolkit (pdf 174.8kb) to plan your Clearing journey.
  • Chat to our students who have been through the Clearing process and ask them any questions you may have.
  • Speak to your school/college careers adviser for advice on alternative courses that will still keep you on the same career path, in case you can’t get on to the course you originally applied for.
  • Universities will be able to tell you about the similarities between their courses, as some units may be the same between two degrees with a different title – so if your preferred course isn't available, there are still options out there.
  • Take a look at the courses and entry requirements that are a good match for you. Try to be realistic about the grades you think you might gain, but remember that universities are likely to be more flexible with entry requirements during Clearing (this also means you could get your original place when you didn’t expect it – good news all round.)
  • Your eligibility for Clearing will show up on your UCAS Track page – your UCAS Track status says You are in Clearing or Clearing has started. This will also be where you will find your Clearing Number (universities will need this so that they can access your application) and the Add a Clearing choice’​ button.

When is Clearing?

Clearing is open between July and September. Most universities will publish their Clearing course vacancies on A-level results day with many opening for Clearing before this.

What is Clearing Plus?

Finding a uni place through Clearing is being made easier than ever with the new, personalised course matching system, Clearing Plus.

With Clearing Plus, UCAS will use the system to match you with courses you may be interested in based on your application, as well as providing information it has from universities about the type of students they are looking for.

For example, if a university has spaces on their BA (Hons) English degree and were looking for students with 104 – 120 UCAS points, if you have previously applied for English courses and meet the entry requirements, you’ll see this university’s course pop up in your recommendations.

Who can use Clearing Plus?

Anyone who doesn’t have a firm place can take advantage of Clearing Plus. This would be you if:

  • You didn’t like any of your offers
  • You haven’t received any offers
  • Your calculated grades miss your offers
  • Your grades are higher than predicted, so you want to take advantage of courses with higher entry requirements
  • You’ve changed your mind and want to see what else is out there.

If you already have a firm offer, you’ll need to give up your place and enter Clearing.

How does it work?

Once you’ve entered Clearing, a new button in UCAS Track will pop up asking if you would like to “View Matches”.

If you find a course you like, all you need to do is click the “I’m interested” button.

The university will then be notified of your interest and may get in touch with you to discuss your application further if there are still spaces available.

If you are successful in getting an offer, then you will add this as a Clearing choice in UCAS so it can be confirmed.

Then you can view your next steps and start getting excited to start uni in September!

If you're making a new application through Clearing

You can apply through Clearing, even if you haven't already made an application earlier in the year. There are two options for you to consider:

  1.  Start a new application in UCAS Apply. Your application will go straight into Clearing and you will be able to explore all the options by calling different universities. Once you've found the one for you, refer yourself in UCAS Track.
  2. Let universities start an application on your behalf. Not all universities will offer this option - we will do this for you at Bournemouth University, by completing a 'record of prior acceptance' form. To complete a record of prior acceptance form for you, we need to be sure that:
  • you have not previously applied through UCAS for 2020 entry
  • you have your results
  • you want to apply to Bournemouth University only
  • you have already spoken with our Admissions team and received an offer to study this September.

We can guide you through this process, so please contact us if you would like to discuss this process or your application further.

Online self-release into Clearing

UCAS self-release gives you more control over your applications. If you no longer want to go to your firm choice, you can use the 'decline your place' button in Track, instead of having to contact your chosen university or college and wait to be released into Clearing. Find out more.

BU Clearing online application form

You can apply direct to BU through Clearing using our online application form. You'll be asked to enter your UCAS Personal ID (if known) and an email address. You'll then receive an email with the link to the application form.

You can only apply for one course and you will need to provide details of your confirmed/final results in the 'Qualifications' section. If you are still waiting for your results, select 'Pending' from the Grade list. International applicants should also include English Language Qualifications.

You can click the 'Save' button if you wish to return to your application later on. Click on the link in your email to continue with your application.

If you're not from the UK

If you are from outside the UK, you can still find a place to study in the UK through Clearing. There are two options for you to consider:

  1. Start a new application in UCAS Apply. Your application will go straight into Clearing and you will be able to explore all the options by calling different universities. Once you've found the one for you, refer yourself in UCAS Track.
  2. Let universities start an application on your behalf. Not all universities will offer this option - we will do this for you at Bournemouth University, by completing a 'record of prior acceptance'. To complete a record of prior acceptance form for you, we need to be sure that:
  • If you're not from the UK
  • you have not previously applied through UCAS for 2020 entry
  • you have your results
  • you want to apply to Bournemouth University only
  • you have already spoken with our Admissions team and received an offer to study this September.

We can guide you through this process, so please contact us if you would like to discuss this process or your application further.

Hear from students who applied through Clearing

We could tell you more about what’s great about coming to BU through Clearing or Adjustment, but our students say it so much better. Visit our Clearing blogs and vlogs where students past and present share their stories, or take a look through our students’ answers to some common Clearing questions. You can also chat to our students who have been through the Clearing process and ask them any questions you may have.

When you have a verbal Clearing offer from BU

Once you have been made an offer verbally from BU, we will send you an email confirmation of that offer. This email will also contain information on what you need to do next, such as: