Clearing often seems like a daunting process, but with some preparation and research it can be straightforward. We have a dedicated team to help and support you.
Before results day you should be prepared and have a plan B. Do some research and use our course finder to find courses that you may be interested in.
This will be useful for when results day comes around and you have to go through Clearing. Perhaps rank the courses in order of priority because not all courses will be in Clearing.
On results day
Check your UCAS Track application status. If you have entered into Clearing, then your UCAS application will be updated and will either say that 'you are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'. Some universities, including City, will be happy for you to contact them about a Clearing place even if you are not currently 'in Clearing' in UCAS Track.
On results day our Clearing application web form will be live and filling in our online application form is the best way to get a decision on whether you will be offered a place.
If there's a course that you know is likely to be in high demand, then you should apply as soon as possible to better your chances of being offered a place. We cannot guarantee a course at City will be in Clearing but being quick gives you the best opportunity to secure any available spaces.
You will need to make sure you have your details such as your UCAS ID, course number and qualifications. This will ease the application process because you will be well prepared.
Once you have completed the form, you will either receive an instant decision, or you will be given a phone number to contact us to discuss your application in more detail. You should use any phone or email conversations with us as an opportunity to find out about the course and City, University of London.
Being offered a place
You can only add a Clearing choice through UCAS from 3pm on the afternoon of A-level results day. You will not be able to register a Clearing choice before then. If we have offered you a place, you should then log on to your UCAS account after 3pm and click the button ‘Add Clearing choice’.
This will allow you to add the course and institution information to your application and it is then sent to us.
We should then accept the application and your UCAS status will be updated to say that you have been accepted. Now all you have to do is wait for our confirmation letter.
Tips for Clearing
We'd recommend the following advice when getting advice:
- Be patient: plenty of other people across the UK will be applying through Clearing. On A-level results day City and all other universities will be open for Clearing from 8am. There'll be a number of opportunities to contact us in the lead up to Clearing during the summer
- Don't go on holiday: if you're in Clearing it's better to be at home, with a reliable internet connection and where you can easily contact us and your current school or college if you need help
- Be prepared: check out our Clearing vacancies in the UCAS Search tool or on our website. This can help reduce the stress of searching for vacancies on results day, when you could be contacting universities instead
- Be flexible: you may not be able to pick an exact match to your intended course. Although it might not be what you wanted, if you really want to attend university this year then it's important to keep an open mind.