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FAQs

We’re sure you have a lot of questions. To make life easier, we’ve answered the most common questions here. But if you have a question that we haven’t answered, get in touch and we’ll help.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.

It's an ideal way for you to find another course if you have missed out on your grades, or if you have not secured your first or second (Firm or Insurance) choice of course. It’s also for any students who haven’t applied through UCAS yet, or who sent their application to UCAS after 30 June.

Clearing is not just for A-Level students, but BTEC, IB, Access, Mature, International students and any other type of student too.

When does Clearing start?

Clearing is available each year from July to mid-September.

Most people think that Clearing only happens on A-Level results day (Thursday 18 August 2016), when it actually starts in July and ends in September. We will feature our Clearing and Adjustment vacancies on our website from 1 July 2016 giving you plenty of time to do some advance planning or research on potential courses of interest.

 

How does Clearing work on UCAS?

You can see which of our courses are in Clearing by looking at our website and also at UCAS.com. If you are in Clearing, your status in UCAS Track will reflect this.

Once you have decided which course you are interested in, you should get in touch with us to discuss your options and to get a provisional offer. Remember to have your UCAS Personal ID number and your exam results to hand before you call.

What happens after I've been offered a place?

  1. You will receive email confirmation of your provisional offer within one hour of speaking to us
  2. Refer yourself to us on UCAS Track (you do not need to wait for this email before referring yourself on UCAS Track). Under ‘Add a Clearing Choice’, select Brunel B84 and the course you have been offered (please note at this stage, you will not see the provisional offer from Brunel on your UCAS Track page).
  3. Once you have referred yourself to Brunel we will process your application. Please bear in mind that we will be extremely busy on Friday 19 August 2016 as we have a lot of applicants interested in Brunel so it might be Saturday before we manage to confirm your place through Clearing. However we will work through the weekend to try and get your place confirmed at Brunel as quickly as possible. 
  4. Once we have confirmed your offer we will update Track and you will receive your formal offer email from us.
  5. You will now be able to apply for your accommodation.
  6. If you are applying for Student Finance, please contact your Student Finance team to let them know of your new course details.

What is Adjustment?

Each year some applicants gain better exam results than they were predicted or expected. The Adjustment Period provides an opportunity for applicants who have met and exceeded the conditions of their Firm choice offer to reconsider where and what to study.

To apply to Brunel through Adjustment call us on +44 (0)1895 272273 and select the Adjustment option when prompted to do so.

The Adjustment Period allows you to be considered for a place on one of the courses with vacancies at Brunel University London whilst you retain your offer at your chosen institution. Your place at your current Firm choice university will only be declined if you decide to take up the offer of a place at a different university.

Brunel will be considering Adjustment applications for any course for which we have Clearing vacancies. We are not able to offer Adjustment places for any courses that are not in Clearing.

For more information on Adjustment you can watch the UCAS video.

How do I apply for an Adjustment place at Brunel University London?

If you have exceeded the conditions of your Conditional Firm (CF) choice and have registered for Adjustment with UCAS, you should check our Clearing vacancy details to see if we have vacancies in your chosen subject area.

If we have, you should call us on +44 (0)1895 272273 and select the Adjustment option when prompted to do so.

You will need to give us the following information:

  • Your UCAS personal ID
  • Your email address (we will send you an email if we can offer you a place so please make sure you provide an address you have access to)
  • Details of your exam results (grades achieved and subjects)
  • Details of your Conditional Firm offer to show you have met and exceeded the grades
  • Details of the course you want to apply for

For more details about the Adjustment Period and to register for Adjustment please visit the UCAS website.

How do I know if I'm eligible for Adjustment?

To be eligible to use Adjustment:

  • Your results must have met and exceeded the conditions of your Conditional Firm (CF) choice; and
  • You need to have paid the UCAS full application fee (if you have not you will need to pay the full application fee to register for Adjustment)

You are not eligible to use Adjustment if:

  • You are confirmed (UF) at your firm choice but did not exceed the conditions of the offer;
  • You have a confirmed place on a changed course offer;
  • Your original offer was unconditional.
  • You were not accepted by your Firm choice university

How do I register for Adjustment?

Before registering for Adjustment you should consider non-academic arrangements such as accommodation and student finance. These may be difficult to secure or there may be delays if changes are made at short notice. Brunel would also recommend that you speak to your Careers Advisor, your teachers and your parents before deciding to Adjust to another university.

The Adjustment process is available from A-level results day (18 August 2016) until 31 August 2016. Details of your individual Adjustment Period timings can be found in UCAS Track. You should also register for Adjustment through Track.

If you want to try to find an alternative course you must register to use Adjustment before contacting Brunel so that we can view your application.

If you do not find a suitable place elsewhere you will remain accepted at your original choice.

What happens after I've been offered a place? 

To accept the place you have to e-mail the Admissions Office and accept the verbal offer in writing. We will then confirm this place on UCAS Track after receiving your e-mail.

Once you have been formally accepted by us through Track you will be able to apply for accommodation. If you are applying for student finance anywhere you should also contact your Student Finance team to let them know of your new course details.

Got a firm offer from Clearing or Adjustment? Apply for accommodation before 1 September. Rooms still available on an application basis.

Before you apply, you’ll need a Brunel student ID number. You will be able to register and apply for a room with the Accommodation Services Hub usually within 24 hours of receiving your Brunel student ID number.

We can arrange accommodation quickly. You need to accept your room within two or three days of the offer and pay the £350 booking fee to secure your room.

If you apply for accommodation after 1 September, it may take longer for us to find you a room on campus. But we have plenty of private housing options if you miss out, or you are welcome to add your name to the  waiting list for a campus room.

Even if you live in the local area you are able to apply for a campus room - all campus rooms are single rooms with over 80% with en-suite facilities.

Coming to Brunel with your partner? You may be interested in applying for one of our co-habiting couples studio flats.

There are many different halls to choose from, each with their own character. You can take a virtual tour of the halls here – or come and see them yourself at our open day.

Making sure your student finance is sorted.

Well done on confirming your place. Now you need to make sure your student finance is all in order.

Even if you’ve already applied for finance you still need to go through the form again to check details. This applies if:

  • You got your place through Clearing
  • You’re taking up your Insurance choice
  • We offered you a different course
  • You’ve changed your course (e.g. you have changed from a 3 year course to a 4 year course)
  • Have moved to a Foundation course.

The funding you may be eligible for is dependent upon where you reside. Please check the student finance website for your country.

English and EU students

If you have already applied for funding from Student Finance England but have changed your course or your university since completing the form, you need to inform them about your change(s) via your online Student Finance England account. Further details on how to do this can be found on the Student Finance England website.

If you have already applied for funding but need to amend the amount of Tuition Fee Loan because your tuition fees for this year are different to the fees you entered when you applied, you will need to inform Student Finance England about this via your online student finance account. Further details on how to do this can be found on the Student Finance England website.

It is important that you complete this as soon as possible as any delays may mean that your funding is not in place in time for the start of your course at Brunel.

Welsh students

If you have already applied for funding from Student Finance Wales but have changed your course or your university since completing the form, you need to notify them of this change. This can be done online via your Student Finance Wales account.

If you have already applied for funding but need to amend the amount of Tuition Fee Loan because your tuition fees for this year are different to the fees you entered when you applied, you need to notify Student Finance Wales of this change. This can be done online via your student finance Wales account or you can download and complete a Tuition Fee Loan Request Form from the Student Finance Wales website

Once you have completed either or both of the above forms you must should send them to Student Finance Wales.

It is important that you complete this as soon as possible as any delays may mean that your funding is not in place in time for the start of your course at Brunel.

Northern Irish students

If any changes have occurred to either your course, university or fees since you completed your application you must inform Student Finance Northern Ireland. This can be done online via your Student Finance Northern Ireland account or you can download and complete a change of circumstances form from the Student Finance Northern Ireland website.

Once you have completed the form you need to post it to your Education and Library Board (ELB). You can find your ELB and their contact details using the ELB finder.

It is important that you complete this as soon as possible as any delays may mean that your funding is not in place in time for the start of your course at Brunel.

Scottish students

If any changes have occurred to either your course, university or fees since you applied to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) you should log into your personalised online services to amend your course details. Further details can be found on the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website.

It is important that you complete this as soon as possible as any delays may mean that your funding is not in place in time for the start of your course at Brunel.

Channel Islands/Isle of Man students

If you need to make changes to your student finance application you should contact your relevant education office:

If you live in:
Guernsey - please click here
Jersey - please click here
Isle of Man - please click here 

It is important that you make these changes as soon as possible as any delays may mean that your funding is not in place in time for the start of your course at Brunel.

International students (students from outside the UK and EU)

If you are an International applicant, detailed information about finance can be found on the International Finance pages.