14 essential facts you need to know about Clearing

Clearing is your opportunity to apply for a course starting this September. Here, we'll explain how Clearing works and share top tips on how you can apply. Plus, we'll share lots of other key information to help you secure your place at university.

To discuss your options or to apply for a place on a course at Canterbury Christ Church University through Clearing, please give us a call on 01227 926 000 or fill out our form and request a call-back.

Speaking to one of our team is the best way to get the ball rolling - we’ll be happy to talk through your options and give you an idea of what life will be like at university in Canterbury.

1. What is Clearing?

There are plenty of reasons why you might choose to use Clearing:

  • You've changed your mind since choosing your firm and insurance choices
  • You aren't holding any offers when you receive your exam results
  • You've decided to apply to university after 30 June 2018.

If you want to apply to Canterbury Christ Church University through Clearing, visit the 'I want to apply' section for more information.

If you have made a single choice application through UCAS, or you are applying after 30 June, then you will need to pay the full UCAS application fee (£13 for single choices) before you can secure your Clearing place.

2. When can I use Clearing?

Clearing is available July to September each year. You can contact us to discuss your options during this period. Check our contact page for opening times and to fill out our form to request a call-back. 

3. Sounds great! What do I do next?

Do some research! The best way to find out everything you need to know is to call us on 01227 926 000 or fill out our form and request a call-back. You can also take a look at our available courses to find the subjects you would like to study.

If you like what you see, why not come and visit us to get a feel of the campus and local area? You can go on a virtual tour at any time or book onto our special C learing Open Day in August. If you'd like to visit before, why not book yourself onto a student-led campus tour?

4. Do I need all my results to apply through Clearing?

You can register your interest in applying through Clearing before you get your results. If you do, we'll call you on results day to discuss your options. Register your details now.

We can only make Unconditional Offers through Clearing. Therefore, we will only be able to offer places to applicants who have their grades.

We will also let you know whether your chosen course requires an additional selection process (such as an interview or portfolio).

5. When will I get my Clearing offer?

If your course has no additional selection processes, we'll discuss your application through Clearing with you over the phone. You may be asked to email in copies of your qualifications, so make sure you have access to them! Any offer we make to you over the phone won't appear on UCAS Track.

Have a pen and paper handy when you're talking on the phone - it's useful for you to note down any reference numbers you are given by the university. If you have your reference number, you'll have a much quicker process if you need to call us back as we'll be able to find your application more quickly.

6. I've got an offer! What do I do next?

First things first: add us as your Clearing choice on UCAS! Clearing will only be available to you once you have paid the full application fee and only if you aren’t holding any offers from any other universities. Enter our Institution Code C10 and your course details.

You can add a clearing choice from 5 July 2018

Once you've added your Clearing choice on Track, the University will need to confirm to UCAS that we've accepted you through clearing. It usually takes one working day for us to do this. Once we've confirmed your offer with UCAS your Track will be updated and you will show as "Clearing Accept" or "Placed".

7. My results were better than expected! Can I change onto another course?

UCAS Adjustment gives you the chance to reconsider where and what you'll study. It allows you to potentially swap your place for another course you prefer. Adjustment is available from A-Level results day until 31 August.

If you are considering changing your course or applying to the University through the Adjustment process, you can call our Clearing team to discuss your options. Visit the UCAS website  to find out more about the Adjustment process.

Remember - call us on 01227 926000 to discuss your options. We'll always be happy to help.

8. Is there accommodation available for students joining through Clearing? 

University managed accommodation is available and we’re offering an accommodation guarantee to Clearing applicants (subject to terms and conditions). Visit our accommodation page for full details.

9. Can I visit the campus?

We’re hosting a Clearing open day on Saturday 18 August so you can meet with your future lecturers and current students. We'll take you around the campus and show you an example of our accommodation.  Check the dates and book now.

10. What financial support is available?

The Government provides extra student funding on top of the tuition fee loan and maintenance loan. You might be eligible for extra money on top of student loans, for example if you’re on a low income, are disabled or have children.  Use the student finance calculator to get an idea of the amount you might expect to receive.

We also offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and grants especially for Canterbury Christ Church University students.  Check our finance section to see if you are eligible for our awards.

11. I've applied for student finance, but I've changed course/university. What now?

You need to update your student finance as soon as possible. You can do this by logging into your account on the Government website.

11. I haven’t applied for student finance, what should I do next?

If you’ve gained a place through Clearing, you will need to apply straight away. Applications take at least six weeks to be processed by Student Finance England. Register as soon as you have your place confirmed. Apply now for student finance through the  Government website.

13. What support is available for new students?

Once your place is confirmed with us, we will send you a welcome email. This will contain all the instructions you need to create a university account.

We’ll invite you to join our pre-arrival Facebook group. This will put you in touch with everyone starting in September – so you can meet with people who are going to be on your course, living in your university accommodation or on the same commute!

To help you through the orientation and registration process, you'll be provided with a student mentor who will be your first point of contact and a warm welcome into our community.

14. I'm not ready to start a three-year degree. Are there any other options?

We offer a range of  foundation year courses. A foundation year is the first year of a four-year course and introduces you to university and to your chosen subject. It's the perfect way for you to develop self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding to support you through further study.


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