Let’s face it: plans don’t always come together – and when Results Day rolls around, you might not end up getting the exam results you were hoping for. Do yourself a favour and don’t 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. There are going to be loads of options available to you throughout the Clearing process – but you’ve got to bear in mind Clearing is competitive.

You’ll need to make sure you’re prepared before Clearing starts, because you’ve got to act fast to secure a place for September. So, exactly when does university Clearing start?

To help you get started with your prep, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide spelling out all the 2019 Clearing deadlines and timings you need to be aware of.

Translation: bookmark this page now. You’ll be thanking yourself in August!

5 July 2019 | Clearing opens

Clearing officially opens on Friday 5 July. If you already have the qualifications you think you’ll need, you can call anytime from this date to secure your place. If you’re waiting to receive your exam results, you’ll probably need to wait until Results Day to apply.

6 August 2019 | SQA Results Day

If you’re based in Scotland and are studying your Highers, Advanced Highers or any other SQA qualification, Tuesday 6 July 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 exam 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 from 8am-8pm on SQA Results Day.

7 August 2019 | Extended Helpline hours

Weren’t able to get hold of us on SQA Results Day? You can still get in touch with us to secure your place.

On Wednesday 7 August, our Clearing Helpline and online chat will be open for longer. You can reach our team anytime between 9am-6pm.

15 August 2019 | A Level Results Day

If you’re based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and are studying your A Levels, Thursday 15 July 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 exam 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 from 8am-8pm on A Level Results Day.

15 August 2019 | Adjustment opens

Have you done better in your exams 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 31 August.

16-18 August 2019 | Extended Helpline hours

Weren’t able to get hold of us on A Level Results Day? You should still get in touch with us to see what we have available.

From Friday 16 August until Sunday 18 August, our Clearing Helpline and online chat will be open for longer.

Our extended weekend hours will be:

  • Friday 16 August: 8am-8pm
  • Saturday 17 August: 9am-4pm
  • Sunday 18 August: 10am-4pm

31 August 2019 | Adjustment ends

Saturday 31 August 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.

4 September 2019 | Applications open for 2020 entry

Unable to secure a place through Clearing for 2019 entry? There are plenty of options available to you, and one of those options will be to apply for a course starting in 2020.

If you’d like to apply for September 2020 entry, UCAS will begin accepting online applications from Wednesday 4 September.

23 October 2019 | Clearing closes

The train will pull out of the station on Wednesday 23 October. This will be the absolute last day you can secure a place through Clearing for 2019 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.

Any questions?

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 September 2019.

Just remember: don’t panic. You’ve got this, and we’ll be on stand-by to guide you every step of the way.