Let’s face it: 2020 has been a great example of how things can change overnight – and when Results Day rolls around in August, you might not end up getting the results you were hoping for. Our best is advice is not to panic. You may still be able to secure a place on another course through Clearing.
Clearing is part of the UCAS application process in which students without a place are matched with unis that still have course spaces available. It’s become a really popular way for students to secure a university place.
Make sure you’re prepared before Clearing starts, so you can act fast to secure your place at University. To help you get started with your prep, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide with all the 2020 Clearing deadlines and timings you need to be aware of.
Translation: bookmark this page now. You’ll be thanking yourself in August!
6 July 2020 | Clearing opens
Clearing officially opens on Monday 6 July. If you already have the qualifications you think you’ll need, you can get in touch with your chosen university from this date to secure your place. If you’re waiting to receive your results, you’ll need to wait until Results Day to apply.
4 August 2020 | SQA Results Day
If you’re based in Scotland and are studying your Highers, Advanced Highers or any other SQA qualification, Tuesday 4 August will be the day you receive your results. Good luck!
If you signed up for MySQA you can access your results from 8am onwards, and you should see confirmation of your choices on UCAS Track from 8am, too.
Remember: as soon as you receive your results, get in touch with us ASAP to find out which courses we have available and how you can secure your place.
Our Clearing Helpline and online chat will be open on SQA Results Day.
13 August 2020 | A Level Results Day
If you’re based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and are studying your A Levels, Thursday 13 August is the day you’ll receive your results. Good luck!
Your results can be collected any time after 6am, and you should see confirmation of your choices on UCAS Track from 8am onwards.
Remember: as soon as you receive your results, get in touch with us immediately to find out which courses we have available and secure your place. Don’t wait about, because places will disappear fast.
Our Clearing Helpline and online chat will be open on A Level Results Day.
13 August 2020 | UCAS Adjustment opens
Have you done better than you were expecting? Congrats are definitely in order – and if you’d like to shop around, you might be able to secure a place on a different course through Adjustment.
If you exceed the conditions of your offer and would like to swap it for another course that has higher entry requirements, Adjustment is your golden opportunity. Adjustment opens for all students on A Level Results Day, and it runs until 1 September.
1 September 2020 | Adjustment ends
1 September is the last day you can apply for a different course through Adjustment. If you’ve exceeded the conditions of your original offer(s) and would like to find out if there are any other courses you’d rather do instead, get in touch by this date to secure an alternative place.
8 September 2020 | Applications open for 2021 entry
Unable to secure a place through Clearing for 2020 entry? There are plenty of options available to you, and one of those options will be to apply for a course starting in 2021.
If you’d like to apply for September 2021 entry, UCAS will begin accepting online applications from 8 September 2020.
20 October 2020 | Clearing closes
The train will pull out of the station on 20 October. This will be the absolute last day you can secure a place through Clearing for 2020 entry.
That being said, the vast majority of undergraduate courses start in September – and so you really shouldn’t leave Clearing until last minute. Not only will you miss out on great places, but you could miss the entire first month of your studies. It’s hard to come back from that.
If you can, get in touch with us in August after securing your results so that we can help you to find a place.
Give us a call. We’re always happy to help, and our Clearing Team will do our absolute best to help you secure a place for September 2020.
Just remember: don’t panic. You’ve got this, and we’ll be on stand-by to guide you every step of the way.