Our Guide

Clearing is a system many people use every year to get onto a university course they want to study.

It’s particularly relevant if:

  • you don’t get the grades you need for the universities you applied to earlier in the year
  • you don’t want to accept any of the offers made to you
  • you apply to university after 30 June
  • you’ve had a sudden change of heart about your choices.

Many universities take applications through this route, so you should be able to find something that suits you, and still have the university experience you want.

Clearing officially opens on UCAS on 6 July. But most people wait to see what their exam results are before using the system. Places can fill up quickly, so you’ll want to get on the phone as soon as you get your results to see what courses are open to you with your grades.

Results day can be a bit stressful, particularly if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped. The main thing is not to panic. If you’re still set on going to university, chances are you’ll be able to do that.

To use Clearing, just follow these steps:

1. If you applied through UCAS earlier in the year, and you’re eligible for Clearing, you’ll see an ‘Add Clearing choice’ on the UCAS Track system. You’ll also be given a Clearing number, which you’ll need when contacting us about Clearing courses. 

If you haven’t registered with UCAS, you can apply to us through Clearing directly. There are a number of ways you can do this – call 0330 123 2023, apply online, or apply through social media.

2. Make a list of your qualifications and grades, and work out how many UCAS points you hold using a tariff calculator. When you contact us, we’ll ask you about your Level 3 results (A-levels, BTECs etc), as well as your Maths and English GCSE results. Also, make a note of any questions you want to ask us, so you don’t forget anything.

3. You may have your heart set on a particular course, but it doesn’t harm to look at all the options. We publish Clearing vacancies on our website in July each year, so you can see which courses still have spaces on them. We offer a wide range of subjects and there could well be something there that’s a great fit for you.

4. If you see a course you’re interested in applying for at Bucks, call us on 0330 123 2023. You can also apply to us through Twitter , Facebook  or Whatsapp on 07850 076 937. You just need to send us a private message with the information below, and if we can we’ll message you back with an offer:

  • Name, phone number, email address or your UCAS personal ID (if you have one)
  • Your grades and UCAS points
  • Your subjects
  • The name of the course or courses you’re interested in.

5. Once you receive a verbal offer (or an offer through social media) of a Clearing place at Bucks, if you applied through UCAS, you’ll need to add us as a Clearing choice on Track. You can usually do this after 3pm on results day. If you apply to us directly, rather than through UCAS, we’ll email you to let you know what to do next.

6. We’ll get in touch about next steps once your place at Bucks is confirmed.

Firstly, congratulations! If you’ve met or exceeded your offers then you may have heard of something called Adjustment. This is an opportunity for you to reconsider where and what to study. This is entirely optional, but you may wish to have a look around at other courses available to you.

There isn’t a vacancy list for Adjustment, so if you are interested in applying to Bucks and would like to know what courses we have available, just give us aa call on 0330 123 2023 to discuss your options.

If you made an application to Bucks and this application was rejected during the main UCAS cycle, unfortunately we’d be unable to consider an application for the same course through Clearing. We are happy to provide feedback as to why your application was rejected, in order that you can make changes and reapply in the next UCAS cycle.

If you wish to discuss your options further, please contact a member of our admissions team who will be happy to advise you.

Of course. We run Open Days throughout the year and our Campus Tours are available on a Tuesday and Thursday at 11am, excluding bank holidays and periods when Bucks is closed. We look forward to showing you around.

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Clearing Opening Hours

Monday 19 August - 8.30am-6pm
Tuesday 20 August - 8.30am-6pm
Wednesday 21 August - 8.30am-6pm
Thursday 22 August - 8.30am-6pm
Friday 23 August - 8.30am-6pm