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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. 

Call our Clearing number 01895272273

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 the 30 June deadline to make a main cycle application through UCAS. Clearing is not just for A-Level students, but BTEC, IB, Access, mature, international students and any other type of student too.

An introduction to Clearing video
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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, Clearing is now open and ends in October. We feature our Clearing and Adjustment vacancies on our website, giving you plenty of time to do some advance planning or research on potential courses of interest.

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How to add a Clearing choice on UCAS?

You are 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 on UCAS Track reflects this.

Once you have decided which course you are interested in, you should get in touch with us by completing an application online to get a provisional offer or calling us on 01895272273 to discuss your options. Remember to have your UCAS Personal ID number and your exam results to hand before you contact us. We will have a look at your academic qualifications and let you know if we are able to make you a provisional offer. If we are able to make you an offer you will need to refer yourself to us through UCAS to accept your offer and we will let you know how to do this. 

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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 2021/22 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.

What is Clearing Plus and how does it work?

Clearing Plus is a new service launched by UCAS. It allows unplaced applicants (those who don’t currently hold an offer), to see courses they have been “matched with” on their UCAS account. UCAS will match applicants based on any courses you’ve applied for already, your qualifications and grades, with universities who have previously taken this type of applicant. You can review your list of matched courses on your UCAS acconut, select any you are interested in, and those universities can contact you directly. Here at Brunel, we will be contacting any “matches” by email or by telephone, as long as our course is still open. A match doesn’t mean you will definitely be accepted by that university, so you should wait for the university to contact you. If you are really interested in a certain course or university you can obviously contact them directly. 

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

Please browse our Clearing courses 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 on 01895272273 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 can browse our Clearing courses on our website and choose one or more courses you are interested in. After exploring, please contact the Admissions team on admissions@brunel.ac.uk or 01895272273, and our team will be able to review and amend your current offer if you're eligible. so you will not need to apply to us again through Clearing. 

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

Please call us on 01895272273 to 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 current university choice on your UCAS account, then 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?

First of all, take a deep breath and do not panic! Take a look and see if there are one or more courses you might be interested in. We also have foundation year courses with a range of pathways.

If you haven’t applied to Brunel before, please also explore our Accommodation and Student Finance pages. When you’ve done all the exploring please give us a call on 01895272273 and have the following information to 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.

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 your UCAS account (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).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 and we need to verify some details when we review your full UCAS application, but we try and get your place confirmed at Brunel as quickly as possible.
  4. Once we have confirmed your offer we will update UCAS 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 is from 10-18 August 2021. It provides an opportunity for applicants who have exceeded the conditions of their Firm choice offer and achieved higher grades than their Firm offer required to reconsider where and what to study.

The Adjustment Period allows you to be considered for a place on one of the courses with vacancies 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 Adjustment 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 on 01895272273 from 10-18 August 2021 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 information on Adjustment check out the UCAS Adjustment Guide.

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. 

For more information on Adjustment check out the UCAS Adjustment Guide.

How do I know if I am eligible for Adjustment?

To be eligible to for Adjustment:

  • your results must have 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

For more information on Adjustment check out the UCAS Adjustment Guide.

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 10-18 August 202. Details of your individual Adjustment Period timings can be found in on your UCAS account and you should register for Adjustment there first before contacting Brunel. This allows Brunel to view your application when you contac us. 

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

For more information on Adjustment check out the UCAS Adjustment Guide.

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, subject to the availability of places. Please browse our courses and choose one or more courses you are interested in. Please also check our Accommodation and Student Finance pages to explore your options.

To be able to make a decision, we will need you to send in copies of your current university transcripts showing your first year results. If possible, our Admissions team will issue an offer and advice about further steps about accepting your offer, registration and arriving to Brunel. You can apply for second year entry through our online form or calling us on 01895272273. Please provide details of your current university, course and first year grades as well as your previous qualifications such as BTECs, IB or A-Levels. 

Who is eligible to apply for second year?

You must have successfully completed 120 credits in  Year 1 of a course with similar content to the Brunel course you would like to move to. You will need to evidence this with transcripts from your current course.

When can I apply to second year?

Application for entry to second year for most courses is open until the start of the 2021/22 academic year in October.