Clearing explained

Find out about what Clearing is, who can use Clearing and a step-by-step guide to the process. You can also find out about our live chats and live streams.

What Clearing is

UCAS Clearing is a service that allows you to search for and apply to undergraduate courses that still have places available.

Clearing dates

  • Monday 6 July - Clearing opened.
  • Thursday 13 August - A-level results day and our vacancy listings will be updated.

Clearing officially ends on Tuesday 20 October, but it is highly likely we will close before then as our courses become filled.

Clearing webinars

Join our staff and current students to find out more about getting a place through Clearing, ask us your questions and get advice on how to settle into life in Bristol once your place is confirmed. 

Book now for our webinars

Who can use Clearing

Clearing is available to UK, EU and international students.

You can only apply through Clearing after you have received your exam results.

You can use Clearing in any of these situations:

  • you do not have a place
  • you have a place, but have changed your mind about where to study
  • you have not yet applied through UCAS for this year.

Deferring your place

If we have offered you a place and you would like to defer it, do not use Clearing to do this. Instead, you should use the Deferral Request process

We only make Clearing offers for places in 2020. If you want a place for 2021, you should apply through the next UCAS cycle. We will treat this as a new application.

Change course at Bristol

If you already have a confirmed place to study with us but you want to change to one of our other courses, then you do not need to use the Clearing process. Instead, you should use the Course Change process.

Step by step guide to Clearing

Step 1 - View our vacancies

Search our Home and EU Clearing vacancies and International Clearing vacancies.

If you find a course that interests you, read through the course information.

Step 2 - Talk to us or apply online

Apply online using the link on the course page or contact us to discuss if we might be able to offer you a place.

Have your UCAS personal ID (if you have one), your results and the UCAS course code with you.

When you call, we can only talk to you or a nominated contact.

If you want a parent, teacher, agent, adviser or another person to talk to us on your behalf you will need to either:

  • add them as your nominated contact via UCAS
  • on the day, personally give us your permission before we can discuss details with them

Step 3 - Get an offer

We’ll email you to let you know if we can offer you a place through Clearing or not.

You may receive several verbal or email offers from other universities too before choosing which to accept but you can only accept one. Take a look at why you should choose Bristol.

If you haven't applied through UCAS, you must register with UCAS before you can confirm your offer.

Step 4 - Update UCAS Track

Add your course in UCAS Track as your Clearing choice. This confirms your application to Bristol as your only choice. You must do this within the timeframe set out in the email we sent you.

There are two periods when you will not be able to add a Clearing choice to UCAS track. These dates are:

  • Monday 27 July at 6 pm to Tuesday 4 August at 9 am
  • Friday 7 August at 2 pm to Thursday 13 August at 3 pm. 

Using Clearing because you've changed your mind about where to study

If you have a place at another insitution, you must release yourself into Clearing before you can add your new course choice. There is more information about declining your firm place on the UCAS website.

Step 5 - Next steps

Read our information about student finance and funding and accommodation

Register your interest

If you are waiting for your A-levels, you can sign up to receive information and guidance about the Clearing process. We will email you before A-level results day with guidance and will also email on results day with our vacancy listings.

Register your interest

More information

Find out more about the Clearing process, including costs on the UCAS website.

Clearing Plus

We are taking part in Clearing Plus. Find out about Clearing Plus from UCAS.

Contact our Enquiries team

 +44 (0)117 394 1649

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


If you exceed your original offer, you can apply for a different course. Find out more about this process.

The Clearing process was very simple. The person who helped me on the phone was friendly and reassured me. I'm extremely pleased that I came to Bristol - it was one of the best decisions I've made. I've made the best of friends, alongside being on a very reputable course at a top-class university. Don't be afraid, be proud of what you've achieved and apply!

Jason (BSc Psychology)
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