How to use UCAS clearing in 2020 on A-level results day

As students receive their A-level results, many of the UK's top institutions have vacancies on their undergraduate programmes on the clearing website.

The coronavirus pandemic forced sustained school closures across the UK during the back end of the spring term and the majority of the summer term.

It has meant pupils have been unable to sit A-level exams, crucial in deciding how best to continue their education, where to look for work or training, or which university course to apply to.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that results in mock tests – which were held before schools were forced to close amid the pandemic – will carry the same weight as the calculated results to be awarded.

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Universities also face their "busiest" ever period of clearing as a record number of students are due to take up degree places this year through the system, the head of the admissions service has predicted.

School leavers who have had their gap year plans disrupted by Covid-19 will be among those who choose to bypass the main application scheme in favour of searching for a course through clearing, Ucas said.

2020 A-Level results help

  • UCAS clearing number and vacancies
  • UCAS tariff calculator
  • How a-level grades are calculated
  • What time do a-level results come out

What is clearing?

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Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.

How to find your clearing number?

If you’re eligible for Clearing, your Clearing number will be on the welcome page and ‘Your choices’ section of Track.

How to find universities with clearing vacancies

All vacancies can be found on UCAS' website here.

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How do I know if I can use clearing?

You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you've paid the multiple choice application fee of £25
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track
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