How Clearing works

Confused about how Clearing works? Our guide to Clearing is here to help you prepare, so you can apply with confidence.

How to apply through Clearing

This step by step guide tells you how to apply for a course through Clearing 2023 and what steps to take once you receive your offer.

You can apply through Clearing any time from 5 July 2023, but the guidance below tells you what to do once you have received your results. For most of you, this will be on results day (Thursday 17 August 2023).

Key dates for Clearing 2023

We've put together a timeline of key dates for your diary. Please visit the UCAS website for detailed information on times and dates for Clearing 2023.


Clearing is will officially open on 5 July 2023. You can apply for a course through Clearing if you don't hold an offer from a university, and the course still has places available. You will automatically be entered into Clearing if you apply via UCAS from 5 July 2023.

Need help with your university application?

Take the next step towards your future career and apply to study one of our courses. When you're ready to apply, read our guidance to help you with your university application.

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Useful Clearing information

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    University Clearing

    Here's our guide to the University Clearing process. For entry in September, UCAS Clearing 2023 vacancies will be open to applicants in July.

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    Why choose UCLan through Clearing?

    We know choosing a university can be stressful, and choosing one during Clearing can be even more daunting. That's why we are here to support you every step of the way.

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    Ask a student

    Need advice on course choices or which accommodation to choose when you study with us? Our friendly student ambassadors are ready to share their experiences. Simply register and start chatting to our current students.