How to apply

From 1 July 2018 you’ll still be able to apply to university for 2018 entry, but your application will automatically be entered into Clearing rather than go through the standard process. Applying in advance will mean you’re completely prepared to take advantage of the full range of suitable vacancies when they go live (before somebody else does!). Here's what you need to know!

If you’re applying through Clearing, you’ll still need to do so via UCAS. The process is exactly the same – the only difference is that there will be no option to select course choices. You’ll still need to write a personal statement and complete all other sections as usual.
Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive an email containing your unique Clearing number. Your Track status should also change to tell you that you are now in Clearing.
With your Clearing number to hand, you’ll be set to start contacting universities directly when they open for Clearing (particularly if you already have your results). If you don’t yet have your results, you may be made a conditional offer where there are vacancies available.
We’d recommend signing up for Clearing emails for the university that you are interested in, to ensure that you are notified when vacancies go live. Some universities will open for clearing earlier than others and it’s good to have a heads up when they do.
When Clearing lines open, you’ll be able to call up and quote your Clearing number. This will enable universities to see your application online and consider whether they’d be willing to make you an offer.