A parents' guide to Clearing

Parents' guide to Clearing

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.

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/above grades 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.

When is Clearing?

Clearing opens on 5 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 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 or daughter can see if they’re 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.

How to prepare

Encourage your son or daughter to research and get a feel of the University.

Search for courses

Use our course search tool to see what we have available, take a look at details about the courses, including any specific GCSE entry requirements, modules and location.

Take a look at accommodation

We know how important it is for you to know that your son or daughter is safe and secure living in university managed accommodation. That's why we guarantee accommodation to our Clearing applicants, subject to terms and conditions. Visit our accommodation page for full details.

Together with your son or daughter, make notes and include:

  • Courses your son or daughter wish to consider in priority order
  • Questions you or your son or daughter may have about the courses and Christ Church
  • The Clearing Team’s phone number: 01227 926000

On the day

Check UCAS track

Before doing anything else remind your son or daughter to login to their UCAS Track account to see their application status.

Speak to our friendly Clearing Team

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 also require science)
  • Course/s they are interested in
  • Questions they may have about the course or University.

Our friendly Clearing Team can be contacted on 01227 926000.

Add us to UCAS Track

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. 

Come and visit us!

Visit our Clearing open day or book a student-led tour of our Canterbury Campus throughout August. 

Tours last approximately 1 hour, after which you are free to explore the campus on your own or visit Canterbury city centre.


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Last edited: 07/10/2019 16:43:00