Frequently Asked Questions
Clearing is your chance to secure a university place this September if, for whatever reason, you don’t hold any offers.
Maybe you've had a change of heart about the university you have previously chosen, changed your mind about a particular course, or you're rethinking career options. Whatever the reason, the UCAS Clearing process gives you the opportunity to select a different course or university and find a place for September.
Clearing is a period where universities fill the remaining places on their courses. It is an opportunity for people to apply late into the summer months to start university in September.
Applying through Clearing is ideal for those who have not been offered a place at their chosen universities, or are simply considering options outside of their original university selection. Clearing is a popular option for prospective students who have reconsidered course and career paths since their initial university applications.
Clearing opens on 5 July 2023. You can contact us here at the University of Wolverhampton by requesting a call back to discuss applying through Clearing.
If you're studying a Level 3 qualification, such as A-levels, you will likely receive your results on 17 August 2022 (results day). Once you have your results, you can call our university Clearing hotline. We offer extended phone line hours on results day, where you can contact us if your results were not as expected.
If you already have the results of your qualifications, you can contact us from 5 July.
If you have an offer at another university (conditional or unconditional) but you have changed your mind and would like to apply to us through Clearing, you can decline your place under UCAS Hub. We advise that you contact us regarding an informal offer before you do this.
Officially, Clearing will end in October 2023.
You can apply through Clearing if:
- you’re applying after 5 July 2023
- you've previously applied but didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept) on UCAS
- you've previously applied but didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
- you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Hub
Some of our courses, such as part-time routes and postgraduate courses, do not require you to apply through UCAS and adhere to the guidelines set by UCAS. However, we continue to recruit to these and you can either apply directly through our website or contact us through our Clearing channels.
Clearing is available to anyone who has applied to universities through UCAS Undergraduate but has not received any offers or any that they wish to accept.
If you apply to us after 5 July 2023 (the last standard UCAS application deadline date) for an undergraduate course (not including part-time), you will apply through Clearing.
If you have applied to us before 5 July but have not received any offers, then your UCAS Hub account will tell you if you are eligible for Clearing. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for 2023 Clearing.
Our list of available courses in Clearing will be published on our website and via the UCAS Clearing+ tool from 5 July. The University of Wolverhampton Clearing hotline will open on 5 July, where you’ll be able to find out the full details about available courses.
The Clearing Hotline will open in July 2023.
Yes, mature students can apply to university through Clearing. There’s no age limit for using Clearing.
You can apply for Clearing if you are not a UK resident. Clearing is open to EU and international students - to learn more, you can contact the University of Wolverhampton’s Global Opportunities Office.
You can still apply through Clearing if you haven’t applied through UCAS. You can apply for Clearing by contacting us, and we can confirm further information on the application process.
Our Clearing hotline opens on 5 July 2023.
Not at all. The Clearing period is a very busy time for universities across the country, and if you don’t get through to an advisor immediately, you’ll need to be patient while you wait. Don’t worry – it will be well worth your time, once you’ve signed up to your life-changing course!
Being positive and deciding which courses you are interested in is a great start. If you make a list of universities, courses, and contact details, you’ll be ready to start calling as soon as the time comes.
When calling our Clearing hotline (open from 5th July 2023), you’ll speak to a trained operator who will let you know if the course you are interested in applying for still has places available.
If it does, the operator will help you apply or put you in touch with someone from the right department who can give you more information.
If the course isn’t available, or if you don’t meet the entry criteria, the operator may recommend an alternative course, or the course you originally wanted plus a foundation year.
If you don’t get the results you expected, then Clearing could be a perfect option for you! Don’t worry – there are many other people who are in the same situation.
If you are applying for student finance for the first time, you will need to apply through the Student Loans Company via Student Finance England as soon as possible for a student loan to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. The initial deadline will have passed but your application will still be processed.
If you already applied for student finance, but changed your course and/or University through Clearing, you will need to advise the Student Loans Company as soon as you have confirmed your choice and register with Student Finance England.
You can still apply for University-run accommodation at the University of Wolverhampton if you've applied through Clearing, though we cannot guarantee places will be available.
Be proactive, and do some research as soon as you receive your offer – or even before.
Visit our University Accommodation page to learn more.
If you have previously applied for a course to start this September and you were unsuccessful with your application you will be unable to reapply for the same course through Clearing. However, you will be able to apply for a different course.
Clearing Jargon Buster
There are many different terms used throughout clearing. Here are some definitions for the terms you may have seen and heard.
Clearing is a period where Universities fill the remaining places on their courses. It is an opportunity for people to apply late into the summer months to start their university course in September.
Clearing Plus is a tool where UCAS will suggest courses in Clearing you might be interested in. You can select the courses you are interested in from the list of suggestions on your UCAS Hub. The University may then contact you if we still have vacancies and you meet the entry criteria.
To defer an offer is to request that the offer is changed to the next available intake. For example, this could mean that an offer for September would be changed to September the year after. However, for most undergraduate courses applied through UCAS, you must have met all conditions before a deferral request can be granted and processed.
Confirmation is where we as a university will be able to make a final decision on your application. For example, this can mean if you have a conditional offer based on grades, and these are met we are able to award you with an unconditional offer.
When you contact us, following discussion around your qualification we may offer you a place verbally/through social media, but until you add us as your Clearing choice on UCAS Hub, this offer is not confirmed. This gives you the opportunity to research the course further first
If you have an offer but then change your mind, you can self-release yourself into Clearing. It is advised that you contact us to ensure we are happy to offer you an informal offer first before you risk losing your firm offer.
UCAS is an abbreviation for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. They offer different services to allow you to apply for undergraduate degrees amongst other services.
UCAS Hub is an online tracking system which allows you to see how your application is pogressing. This is the online platform where you can reply to offers and make amendments.