Mature Students – Clearing Advice 2020

At the University of Stirling we welcome applications through UCAS Clearing from all types of students, including mature students. Clearing is not just for school leavers who didn’t achieve the results they needed or changed their mind. Mature students are classed by UCAS as anyone over the age of 21 who didn’t go to university after school or college.

Hear from Michael who came to the University of Stirling after being in the workplace for a few years. He shares his experience of using Clearing to apply to university.

What is UCAS Clearing?

Clearing is part of the application process used by UCAS to help match students to a university or college with places on undergraduate degree courses to fill.

See our guide to Clearing for more information

You can apply from 6 July 2020

Clearing opens on 6 July 2020 so if you’re not waiting on any grades you can beat the rush and apply to the University Stirling straight away. You’ll be able to chat to a member of our Clearing team to discuss your options. Here’s a few things you need to think about to help you get the most out of your call:

  • Make sure you have a list of all the qualifications you already have and that you know where the certificates are.
  • Think about all the different work experience you’ve had, paid and voluntary. It’s useful to have your CV to hand.
  • Make a list of any questions you want to ask about things such as course options, funding and support.

Advice and guidance for mature students

There’s lots of things to consider when applying to university but we’re here to help. We can help with advice on the qualifications you need to get into a degree, what support you can get, how to apply – basically almost anything that you might need to know about coming to university.

See our advice and guidance for mature students.

Get in touch with our experts

Our team is always happy to help, and we’ll do our best to guide you through the UCAS Clearing process so that you can secure your place for September 2020.

Call us on 01786 466166


You can also talk to our Widening Participation team who support a wide range of students from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential. Call them on 01786 467047 or email

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