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Clearing at Birkbeck

Birkbeck welcomes applications through Clearing.

Our students come to us with a wide assortment of qualifications and experience and we believe this variety is essential to the unique experience of learning in a Birkbeck classroom.

CLEARING FAQS

Find out everything you need to know about Clearing.

WHAT IS CLEARING?

  • UCAS Clearing is a service that allows you to search for and apply to undergraduate courses that still have places available, helping you to secure your university place for the current year.
  • Clearing is for students who:
    • haven’t received an offer through UCAS
    • haven’t received the results they expected and therefore have been unable to secure their first or second course of choice
    • sent their application to UCAS after 30 June
    • haven’t already applied through UCAS before the deadline and would like to make a new application.

WHEN IS CLEARING?

  • Clearing runs between July and September and most universities will open for Clearing before A-Level results day.
  • Clearing for 2019 is closed, and will reopen for 2020 applications in July 2020.

HOW DO I APPLY THROUGH CLEARING?

  • If you have already registered with UCAS and are eligible, UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing. Your UCAS Track status will be updated and your Clearing number will be displayed. To find out how to apply to Birkbeck through Clearing, see our step-by-step guide.
  • You can apply through Clearing even if you haven’t already made a UCAS application. You must register with UCAS before you can apply. However, you can contact us to see whether we're able to offer you a place before you register. The normal UCAS application fee will apply.
  • We can guide you through this process so please fill out our Clearing Application Form or call our phone line for support with your application.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GET AN OFFER?

  • Once you receive an offer from us, you will need to complete your application through UCAS Clearing. Everything you need to do will be explained to you either on the phone or in your offer email.

WHAT COURSES DOES BIRKBECK HAVE AVAILABLE THROUGH CLEARING?

  • Browse our full-time undergraduate courses to see what Birkbeck offers through Clearing.
  • If you are applying for an undergraduate part-time course, postgraduate course, or short course you can apply to Birkbeck directly.

CAN I VISIT BIRKBECK TO HELP WITH MY DECISION?

  • Yes. Whether you have an offer to study with us, are thinking of applying to us through Clearing, or would simply like to find out more about studying in the evening, come and meet us.

WHAT ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE FOR CLEARING STUDENTS?

WHO CAN USE CLEARING?

  • You can only use Clearing after you have received your exam results.
  • You can apply through Clearing if you do not have any offers because:
    • you are applying after 30 June
    • you haven't received any offers
    • you declined all of your offers
    • you didn't meet the conditions of your offers.
  • You can also use Clearing if you are not waiting for any exam results or if you are making a UCAS application for the first time this year.

WHAT IS ADJUSTMENT?

  • If your results are better than expected and you've met and exceeded conditions for your firm choice, you might be thinking about looking for an alternative course.
  • Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. Adjustment is available from A-Level results day (15 August 2019) until 31 August 2019.

HOW DO I APPLY THROUGH CLEARING IF I AM ALREADY HOLDING AN OFFER?

  • If you have a confirmed place but no longer want to go to that university, you can apply for a new course through Clearing.
  • You will need to speak to the university you are considering to check if they can offer you a place. You will need to be released into Clearing to apply. This year you can self-release into Clearing through UCAS Track, instead of having to contact your chosen university or college and wait to be released into Clearing.
  • Make sure you definitely want to do this and that the university you want to attend has offered you a place through Clearing before self-releasing, as you won’t be able to retrieve your original offer.

HOW DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLY?