If you are having doubts about pursuing the course that you have already applied for, UCAS Clearing can give you a second chance with your academic applications. UCAS Clearing aims to find suitable vacancies for students at their preferred institutions by contacting the university directly. This process allows students to find apt courses and prevents them from opting for the wrong course or institution. Read this article to learn all about the UCAS Clearing process and how to find the right course and university. 

How UCAS Clearing works

Clearing is a method adopted by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to fill available university places by admitting appropriate applicants. Students who do not hold any offer to a university are eligible to apply to the UCAS undergraduate application to pursue a degree. The application procedure runs from 5 July to mid-September every year and handles thousands of places for applicants from around the world. Clearing provides opportunities for students who may have missed university admission deadlines or were not certain of which course that they wanted to study at the time. You can obtain places through Clearing if you:

  • Submit your application between 30 June and mid-September of each year;
  • Do not hold any offer of acceptance from a university or college;
  • Have failed to meet specified entry requirements and obtain a place;
  • Have not applied to any universities or colleges yet, for that academic year.

Students first need to register for UCAS services, which enables UCAS to send information to students about Clearing. Students can find information about vacant university places and what grades are required for applying on the UCAS websites.

Importance of UCAS Clearing

  • UCAS Clearing provides students with the opportunity to be accepted for full-time courses at universities; 
  • Universities have a high number of international students who gain admission through Clearing; 
  • This process provides students with more time to make the right choice about their academic career; 
  • UCAS Clearing offers a wide range of courses for students to choose from; 
  • Universities are able to recruit students through this process for courses that have high entry standards; 
  • UCAS Clearing is an ideal way to opt for a different course at the same university; 
  • This process enables academic institutions to recruit qualified candidates efficiently.

Apply through UCAS

Students can apply for a course through UCAS from the beginning of July till the end of September each year. They can choose up to five courses and should make themselves aware of the application deadlines for each course. While submitting the application form, students are required to provide information about their education background. This includes details of students’ qualifications as well as any results that are awaited. When filling out the employment section, students need to provide information about paid jobs (full-time or part-time), which should include: 

  • The names of the companies; 
  • Addresses; 
  • Job roles and responsibilities; 
  • Start and finish dates.

Students are also required to write a personal statement which demonstrates their talents and any unpaid or voluntary work they might have done. Within this section, students can explain the reason they want to apply for a particular course and discuss what makes them stand out from other candidates.

Students are encouraged to take a final look at their application before saving it in the application portal. The final step is to read and agree to the declaration which will allow UCAS to process the information and send it to the chosen universities. A reference is also required for the application process, which is essentially a letter of recommendation written by an individual who knows the student academically or professionally. Students will also need to pay the application fee. 

Build your future

Being accepted for the course that you are interested in is the first step in pursuing your dream career. Before accepting a job offer, students should consider:

  • The pros and cons of working after finishing college; 
  • Exploring various job profiles, industries and employers; 
  • Conducting thorough research understand the kind of job roles they might be interested in; 
  • Analysing whether their skills and qualities, work experience, qualifications and achievements match with the chosen field of career; 
  • Taking up a related part-time job, voluntary work or an apprenticeship before starting a full-time job.

Throughout the course, you will develop the essential skills and experience required to ensure success in the workplace. Going straight into a job after completing your degree can offer you the chance to: 

  • Start earning and meet new people; 
  • Improve your CV; 
  • Build your confidence; 
  • Increase your employability; 
  • Work towards career progression;
  • Take up more job opportunities in the future.

Join LCCA through Clearing

If you are interested to join LCCA through Clearing, you can take a look at the available courses that are in the Clearing list which can be found on LCCA’s course application process page. LCCA’s fast track Clearing team helps students to work out their options and assist them with securing a position at LCCA. Additionally, students can call LCCA’s Clearing team hotline (020 3435 4642).

If you are a new applicant for this year or are unsure about meeting your required grades, you can start applying to the courses offered by LCCA through Clearing. 

This article was written by Deblina Dam and edited by Amelia Hayward-Cole.