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Clearing information for parents, guardians and carers

If your son or daughter is thinking about university this year then this essential guide to Clearing is for you.

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. Clearing can be for students who didn’t quite get the grades they were expecting, don’t hold any offers, declined their offers, applied after 30 June or haven’t applied yet.

Our Clearing lines will open in July for students seeking entry in 2020, you can also apply online. 
Although it can seem fast paced and last minute try not to worry, lots of students get a university place every year through Clearing. Some students even wait until Clearing to make their first university application. They go on to have an amazing university experience, make lifelong friends and graduate with good quality degrees.

Step 1: Before results

Make a Clearing shortlist

Write down which universities and courses they’re interested in. This could be a different course to their original choice or a university that wasn’t on their main UCAS application. It’s a good chance to see what else is on offer. Check the course content, entry requirements (these will probably be lower in Clearing). 

Register now

From July 2020 students will be able to register their interest online for Clearing. This means we have a record of their details, can send relevant information and call them on 15 August 2020 to save them the hassle on the day. We will also accept applications online.  


Step 2: On results day

Check UCAS track for the status of offers

If the grades aren’t quite as expected their first choice university may still offer them a place. If not start going through the shortlist you’ve made. Give the university a call, making sure they have their Personal ID number from UCAS Track so we can see their application and a pen and paper handy. If Brunel can, we’ll make an offer then and there over the phone. Let UCAS know using Track

Book to visit us

Our Student Ambassadors will take you on a tour of campus, accommodation and answer any questions about life at Brunel. Book your place here


Step 3: Getting started at uni

Once they’ve made a decision and the offer is confirmed, sit back, celebrate and start planning the next step. The university will be in touch with the essential info. Book accommodation, plan what they need to take with them, find out about a part-time job and check what’s going on in Welcome Week!