Clearing explained

Find out about Clearing, who can use Clearing and a step-by-step guide to the process.

What is Clearing?

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

Clearing dates 2021

  • Monday 5 July: early Clearing opened.
  • Tuesday 10 August: A-level results day. 

We have now closed to applications through early Clearing. 

Who can use Clearing

Clearing is available to UK (Home) and international students, which includes students from the EU.

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.

Step by step guide to Clearing

Step 1 - View our vacancies

Search our Home 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 what it's like studying at 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 Clearing course choice. You must do this within the timeframe set out in the email we send you.

You will not be able to add a Clearing choice to UCAS Track between Wednesday 4 August at 12 noon and Tuesday 10 August at 2 pm BST.

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

Deferring or changing course

If we have offered you a place and you would like to defer it, or you already have a confirmed place to study with us but you want to change to one of our other courses, don't use Clearing. Instead, find out what to do if you change your mind.

More information

Find out more about the Clearing process, including costs, on the UCAS website: What is Clearing?

Clearing Plus

We are taking part in Clearing Plus. You can find out about Clearing Plus on the UCAS website.


We do not have a separate list of courses available in Adjustment - all available places are listed as Clearing vacancies.

If you have a confirmed place at another university but are interested in applying to a vacancy at Bristol, please contact us via the Clearing call centre or self-referral form and we will be in touch. You do not need to register for Adjustment at UCAS to do this. 

Confirmation call centre

Home: +44 (0)117 370 2618
International: +44 (0)117 456 9830

Opening hours:
Tues 10 August: 8.30 am to 7 pm*
Wednesday 11 August: 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday 12 August: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday 13 August: 9 am to 5 pm

*The international call centre will remain open until 8 pm (BST)

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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