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What is Clearing?

We’re sure you have a lot of questions. To make life easier, we’ve answered the most common questions relating to the UCAS Clearing and Adjustment process here.

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.

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When does Clearing open? How long does Clearing last?

Many people think that Clearing opens on A-Level results day. However, the Clearing period starts in July 2020 and ends in September.

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How to add a Clearing choice on UCAS?

From July 2020 you will be able to 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. You will also have the option to apply online. Remember to have your UCAS Personal ID number and your exam results to hand before you contact us.

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Who can apply through Clearing?

You can apply to Brunel in Clearing if you haven’t made any applications for the 2020/21 academic year. You can also apply if you declined all your previous offers, you have an offer but changed your mind or haven’t met the conditions of your offer you hold for another course or university.

How do I find courses in Clearing?

You can see which of our courses are in Clearing by looking at our website and also at UCAS.com from July 2020.

I have an offer but changed my mind. What should I do?

Please browse our clearing courses from July 2020 and choose one or more courses you are interested in. If you haven’t applied to Brunel yet, please also check our Accommodation and Student Finance pages to explore your options. You will then need to call us and have the following information by hand:

  • 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 the course(s) you want to apply for

We will then discuss your options and issue an offer if possible. 

I have an offer from Brunel but want to apply for another course at Brunel. What should I do?

You will be able to browse our Clearing courses when Clearing opens in July 2020 and choose one or more courses you are interested in. After exploring, call us and have the following information to hand:

  • Your UCAS personal ID
  • Details of the course(s) you want to apply for

We will then discuss your options and issue an offer if possible.

I declined my offer from Brunel but changed my mind. What should I do?

When our Clearing lines open, you will talk to one of our Admissions advisors to discuss if there is a way to issue you a Clearing offer for the same course you declined before. If we can give you an offer and you would like to accept our offer, you can ‘release’ yourself from your university choice on UCAS Track, once this has been confirmed you can ‘Add Brunel as a Clearing choice’.

I haven’t met the conditions of my offer. What should I do?

Our Clearing courses will be available from July 2020. We also have a few foundation year courses and our London Brunel International College also offers a range of pathways.

If you haven’t applied to Brunel before, please also explore our Accommodation and Student Finance pages. 

 

How does the Clearing and Adjustment process work?

What happens after I've been offered a place in Clearing?

  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).You will have 24 hours to refer yourself to Brunel after you receive your provisional offer email.
  3. Once you have referred yourself to Brunel we will process your application. Please bear in mind that we have lots of applications to process but we 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 will also be able to apply to Brunel through Adjustment. 

The Adjustment Period allows you to be considered for a place on one of the courses with vacencies at Brunel 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 check out the UCAS Adjustement Guide.

How do I apply for Adjustment at Brunel?

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 contact us.

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.

Which courses are available on Adjustment?

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. Find out more about Adjustment here.

How do I know if I am eligible for Adjustment?

To be eligible to for 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 until September. 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 is applying for entry to second year ? How do I apply for entry to second year?

If you feel that your current course or university is just not the best for you, it is possible to request a transfer to a different course at the same or different university. Please browse our courses and choose one or more courses you are interested in. Please note, Year 2 applications cannot be accepted for courses within Chemical  Engineering, Computer Science, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy subject areas. Please also check our Accommodation and Student Finance pages to explore your options. 

To be able to make a decision, we will also need you to send in copies of your university transcripts and course syllabus.
If possible, our Admissions Team will issue an offer and advice about further steps about accepting your offer, registration and arriving to Brunel.

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Who is eligible to apply for second year?

You must have successfully completed Year 1 of a course with similar content to the Brunel course you would like to move to. You will need to evidence this i.e. transcripts from your current course.

When can I apply to second year?

Application for entry to second year is open until the start of the 2019/20 academic year (16 September 2019).