You may have heard or read about UCAS Clearing. Here, we explain how Clearing is another opportunity for your son or daughter to secure their place at university this September. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, we look forward to welcoming new students in September and have made it our priority to provide the highest quality education in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is the period in which UCAS works in tandem with universities to help fill any available places they may have. Your son or daughter is eligible to apply for a course through Clearing if they:

  • Gained the exact or better grades than are required, but wish to go to a different university
  • Didn't meet the conditions required
  • Weren't made any offers
  • Declined their offers
  • Submitted their UCAS application after 30 June

Clearing also gives those who may not have thought about going to university the opportunity to apply. 

Is Clearing taking place as normal?

Clearing will go forward in the normal manner this year. Students are expected to be on campus for the start of the Autumn Semester in September.

All universities are facing unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are committed to delivering a face-to-face, on-campus experience within the government and Public Health England guidelines. You can find our Coronavirus response, which provides detailed information, here.

When is Clearing?

Clearing opens on 6 July and will close at Christ Church in October, or earlier if all our courses are filled. The busiest day is A-Level results day (13 August), so it is worth remembering that once a course is full it will be removed from our 'courses in Clearing' list. 

How do I know if my son/daughter is in Clearing?

Your son our daughter can see if they are eligible for Clearing by logging into their UCAS Track account. If they are eligible their Track status will say 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'. A button called 'Add a Clearing choice' will also appear on screen. 

On the day

Before doing anything else, remind your son or daughter to log into their UCAS Track account to see their application status. There are then a few steps they can undertake to progress through Clearing with us.

Make sure your son or daughter has the below to hand when they call us: 

  • Their UCAS ID
  • Grades, including GCSE maths and English language (some courses will also require science)
  • Course(s) they are interested in
  • Any questions they may have about the course or university. 

Our Clearing team can be contacted on 01227 926000

If we're able to make your son or daughter an offer they will need to accept our offer within three days by adding the course to their ‘UCAS Track’ account, this can be done from 3pm on 15 August. They just need to:

  1. log in to ‘UCAS Track’
  2. click 'Add a Clearing choice',
  3. fill in the course details.

If they need more time to add us as their Clearing choice then they may contact the Clearing Enquiry Service who will be able to advise. After we have made them an offer we will also send them an email with details on what to do next.

Once your son or daughter has added the course to ‘UCAS Track’, we will confirm their acceptance within one working day, this will then show on their 'Choices' page in Track.

Prepare for uni in September

Whist we cannot welcome you to campus for a guided tour until September, you can experience both the Canterbury and Medway campuses through our virtual tours.

We will be opening our key campus facilities across our locations in September, with social distancing measures, to help new students thrive in their new academic and student lives. Find the virtual tours, and much more, here.

Our accommodation will be open from September and all Clearing students are guaranteed a place – should they want it - if they have applied by September 18. We want students to feel comfortable and safe in their uni accommodation. We’re planning new health and safety measures in halls of residence, including new cleaning regimes and the introduction of hand sanitisers in key areas. We will be confirming accommodation bookings in August through to September.

Find out about our modern, well-equipped accommodation options for Canterbury here, and for Medway here.

For your son or daughter starting in September, we know that feeling part of a university community, making connections and friends, and being prepared for study is really important – especially this year. There are lots of ways to stay in touch before term starts.

Clearing questions?
Clearing questions?
Contact the Clearing enquiry team
Contact our friendly Clearing team


01227 926000