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Clearing FAQs – your Clearing questions answered

Clearing FAQs

To ensure your transition to university is as smooth as possible we’ve compiled some handy tips, Q&As and general information about applying for study this September 2021.

  • Don’t have any offers in UCAS?
  • Decided last minute to apply to uni?
  • Changed your mind about your course or university?
  • Whatever your circumstances, Clearing gives you the opportunity to find and apply for available courses at universities throughout the UK

If you have a question for our Admissions team, try our live chat feature in the bottom left corner of your screen or call us now on 020 8223 3333.

Clearing FAQs

How will you offer me a place without exams?

Exams have been cancelled so we will be looking at your predicted grades and other factors to decide on offers for places in September 2021.

Our admissions policy and processes are designed to take a holistic view of course applications, we use a range of contextualised information including, interviews, auditions, portfolios, personal statements and skills alongside academic achievement. This allows us to make suitable decisions based on the applicant not just the application that takes into account the ability to achieve as well as predicted or achieved grades.

Admissions Managers review all applications that do not meet minimum requirements and confirm where further contextual data supplements the grades achieved.

If Admissions Managers are unable to confirm a place, applications are referred to a course academic to review where either the place is confirmed, or an alternative offer made. If you have not heard back about your offer contact us on 020 8223 3333.

What if I'm holding a firm offer and have accepted but want to go somewhere else?

Clearing self-release allows students who are already holding a university place to release themselves into Clearing, rather than wait for their original choice of university to release them. Self-release is available in UCAS Track from early July. 

I am still unsure of my options and what I should do?

Please do not worry – we are here to help you look at your choices. Please call us on 020 8223 3333.  

What is the most effective way to get a place through Clearing?

Call the university directly as emails take longer and places on courses are limited on a first come, first served basis. Make notes and ask lots of questions and don't forget to be positive.

Where can I find my Clearing number?

If you're eligible for Clearing, your UCAS clearing number will appear in UCAS Track.

What courses are usually in Clearing?

Almost all our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available in Clearing. You can search for the specific course of your choice on our course page search.

How will I be taught in September?

We are taking a dual delivery approach where we will combine digital learning with on campus teaching. We are working to ensure your education won't be affected by the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. You can find out more about our plans for a safe return to campus as well as our dual delivery service by visiting our return to campus page.

How does Clearing affect my student loan?

If you've already applied for funding but changed your course or university, you need to update your details ASAP. If you haven’t applied for finance yet, you will need to do it straightaway to ensure you receive your first loan in time for September 2021 entry. There is a small possibility you may not get your loan in time. More information can be found on the Student Finance England website.

Can international students apply for Clearing?

Yes, international students can apply for Clearing. If you're interested in applying, check out our international students page where you can find all the relevant information about applying through Clearing.

How do I find accommodation whilst going through Clearing?

The University of East London is one of the few London universities to offer on-campus accommodation. Our waterfront halls of residence are comfortable, secure and convenient, and have Clearing accommodation availability.

See our accommodation pages for more information.

Have more questions about Clearing? Our "What is clearing?" page has more information.

Still not sure? Get in touch with one of our experts for advice on all things Clearing, university admissions and student finance at or 020 8223 3333.