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How Clearing works

Secure your place

Clearing is part of the UCAS application system. It's an opportunity for anyone without a confirmed place at university to apply for a degree course starting this September.

If you already have your exam results but you have no offers, or want to see if you can swap to a different course, you can use Clearing from 6 July 2020.

If you don't get the grades you need for your conditional offers you can use Clearing from A level results day on 13 August 2020.

We have published a list of all our courses in Clearing. It will be worth checking this list regularly as it will be updated whenever places are filled or made available. 

Once you have your exam results and have found a course you're interested in, you'll need to get in touch with us to find out if we can offer you a place for this September.

If you get an offer from us, the next step is to add your Clearing choice through Track on the UCAS website – this counts as acceptance of our offer.

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When you get your results you may find you've done much better than expected.

You may then want to try to swap your unconditional firm choice for a different course, and you can do this using the UCAS Adjustment process. Adjustment is available from A Level results day on 13 August until 1 September.

Once you've registered for Adjustment using UCAS Track, you will have five days to find other courses you may be interested in and to get in contact with universities to discuss a new offer.

Adjustment is completely optional but is worth exploring if you've exceeded your predicted grades. Call our Clearing Helpline and we'll talk you through your next steps.

Occasionally we offer applicants a place on an alternative course if they don't get the grades required for their original offer.

The alternative course usually allows the applicant to explore similar career options and use many of the same skills.

If you have applied to the University of Bradford already and do not get the grades you need for it on results day you may see an offer for a new course in UCAS Track. If you would like to find out more about this course, you can chat to our Admissions Team on 0800 0731225 and if you’re unsure about your alternative course you can explore other courses through Clearing before making a final decision.

Once you start making an application to the University of Bradford through Clearing you'll be given a Clearing number. This is to allow us to find and restart your application quickly if there are any problems with your online application or if your call to our Clearing Helpline cuts off, and it's something to reference to us in any follow up calls or emails after you receive an offer.

UCAS will also give you a different Clearing number if you're eligible for Clearing - you can find your Clearing number by logging into UCAS Track and checking the top left-hand corner under the 'My Status' section. The University of Bradford does not need to take this number - we just need your Personal ID number for online applications and when applying over the phone.

This is an offer of a place at university subject to you achieving certain qualifications / grades.

If you meet the conditions of your offer your place becomes unconditional and you receive confirmation of your place at university - time to start celebrating!

Entry requirements are the qualifications and grades you need to meet for us to offer / confirm a place on a course.

You will need a certain number of UCAS Tariff Points for each course. Each grade achieved in a recognised qualification (e.g. A levels, BTEC, Access) will give you a number of points - you can check how many points your qualifications (or your predicted qualifications) will give you using the UCAS calculator.

You can check what University of Bradford courses you might be able to get an offer for with the number of UCAS Points you have using our UCAS Points Checker.

There may be additional entry requirements, such as GCSE grades or having studied certain subjects or modules, and some courses may also require an interview before you are offered a place.

These are the grades teachers or other advisors think a student will get in their exams. As applications to university are made before students have their actual results, predicted grades are used when applying for courses.

You may find you have done better than predicted and you may want to swap your current course for something different - see the information above on Adjustment for more information. If you do not achieve the grades you need you may be offered a place on an alternative course or released into Clearing.

Some of our courses available in Clearing will require a telephone interview before we can offer you a place:

  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MPhysiotherapy - Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

This is your chance to show us why you would be a great fit for your chosen course. There are a number of things which you should keep in mind if you have a phone interview:

  • be prepared to talk about your work experience
  • think about your motivations for studying the course
  • think about what your career aspirations are and how they align to the course you have applied for

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) manage applications to universities in the UK.

You need to apply through UCAS, and you can view the status of your applications through UCAS Track

You will need a certain number of UCAS Tariff Points for each course. Each grade achieved in a recognised qualification (e.g. A levels, BTEC, Access) will give you a number of points - you can check how many points your qualifications (or your predicted qualifications) will give you using the UCAS calculator.

You can check what University of Bradford courses you might be able to get an offer for with the number of UCAS Points you have using our UCAS Points Checker.

Have your results already?

You can apply for up to three courses online and get an instant decision.

Waiting for your results?

You can pre-register for Clearing now and we'll call back when you have them

Have a question about Clearing?

Our Enquiries Team are here to guide you through the process.

Virtual Clearing Open Day

Saturday 15 August

Our Virtual Clearing Open Day will answer your questions about courses and Clearing, and help you find out what it's like to be a student here

Need some inspiration?

If you're not sure which subjects to apply for, our Clearing course matcher quiz will give you some ideas.

Simply answer six multiple-choice questions to see what we suggest.