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.
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 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.
3. Sounds great! What do I do next?
Do some research! 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. If you'd like to visit before, why not book yourself onto a student-led campus tour?
"My biggest worry was that I was leaving a full-time job and going into full-time study. At Christ Church, I’ve been able to work whilst I study."
Kerrie joined us through Clearing in 2017.
4. Do I need all my results to apply through Clearing?
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.
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.
8. Can I visit the campus?
Yes, you can visit the campus either on a student-led tour or self-guided tour.
9. 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.
10. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.