Clearing and Adjustment are two unique and valuable opportunities for students who are applying to university in the UK. Clearing allows students to apply to courses after they have received their final school grades, if they haven’t received an offer from a UK university, or if they simply chose not to take up an earlier offer.
We’ve reached out to a few UK universities and asked them to share their resources, hints and tips for international students who are navigating Clearing and Adjustment this year.
Put simply, Clearing is designed to match students with places on UK universities’ courses that haven’t been filled yet. Clearing is run through UCAS, the UK’s university application system.
UCAS considers a UK university applicant eligible for Clearing if they meet any of the following criteria:
If a student has met and/or exceeded their UK university offer requirements, Adjustment gives students the opportunity to look for an alternative course. UCAS runs Adjustment until the 1st September.
Adjustment is completely optional and it's worth noting that, if a student doesn't find a new course, they will still keep the one they originally got accepted to on exam results day.
Unlike Clearing, Adjustment vacancies aren't advertised openly, so students will need to call admissions offices for particular universities and enquire about course vacancies directly.
For a more in-depth guide to Clearing & Adjustment, and to hear advice from universities on how students can get the most out of it, read our New Counselor's Guide to Clearing & Adjustment