Guide to Clearing

What is Clearing?

Clearing gives you another chance to secure your place at university. You can apply through Clearing if:

  • You’re applying after 30 June to university for the first time for session 2020
  • You’re not holding any offers
  • You didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • You achieved better results than expected and want to change your application through Adjustment

Where are you on your clearing journey?

UWS is my firm choice

Check UCAS Track. This will show information on your offer and give you further instructions.

UWS is my insurance choice and I want to come here instead of my firm choice

  • Step 1. Contact us on 0800 027 1000 to confirm we have a place for you
  • Step 2. Contact your firm choice and ask to be released into clearing
  • Step 3. Check UCAS Track for an update on your application status
  • Step 4. Once unconditional at UWS you will receive joining instructions by email

Didn’t get the results you needed? Don’t panic!

  • Step 1. Check UCAS Track to see if the decision status has changed to unconditional. If it has, you will receive joining instructions via email
  • Step 2. If the decision status is still conditional, please contact us on 0800 027 1000. Our admissions team will be working through applications as quickly as possible. Please check UCAS Track for updates
  • Step 3: If your application is unsuccessful as a result of not achieving the grades, you can review the clearing options available to you on our website or via UCAS; you can also look at alternative routes into university including HN study at college as your start point. Contact us to speak with our recruitment team for advice on college articulation routes into UWS.

I did better than expected (adjustment)

If you get better results than you were expecting, and meet and exceed the conditions of your firm choice, you can look for an alternative course using UCAS Adjustment, if you want to.

Adjustment is available from A-Level results day on 13 August until 31 August following the steps below:

  • Step 1. Check UCAS Track to see if you are eligible to enter Adjustment
  • Step 2. Click the ‘find out about and register for adjustment’ link on UCAS
  • Step 3. Contact UWS on 0800 027 1000 to discuss your options with us
  • Step 4. Contact your firm choice and ask to be released into clearing
  • Step 5. Check UCAS Track for an update on your application status – our admissions team need to confirm your place
  • Step 6. You will be sent joining instructions via email

I’m a new applicant

  • Step 1: Contact us on 0800 027 1000 to discuss your options, or check our clearing website for vacancies
  • Step 2: If we have places on your course and you meet the requirements, you can apply through UCAS Track. Check UCAS Track to review the status of our offer
    (If you have not used UCAS to apply to university in 2020, and you only want to apply to UWS you can apply direct to us using our online application system)
  • Step 3: If successful, you will be sent joining instructions via email

Contact our Clearing Team today 

+44(0)141 849 4101

We’re here to answer whatever questions you may have to help make the Clearing process as simple and stress-free as possible. Lines are open between 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours on the dates listed below: 

  • Tuesday 4 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Wednesday 5 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Thursday 6 August – 8.30am-6pm 
  • Friday 7th August – 8.30am-6pm 

Opening times will return to 8.45am-4.45pm from Monday 10 August. 

Our lines may be busier at certain times and we thank you for your patience in advance. Rest assured that our advisors will do everything they possibly can to answer your call as quickly as possible in order to guide you through the Clearing process.

Guide to clearing

We have put together a page to help you understand clearing and where you are on your clearing journey

If you have any questions you can email us at

Clearing 2020

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