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Clearing and Adjustment

Clearing and Adjustment

You can apply through Clearing if you don't get into your chosen university. If your results are better than expected, you can reconsider what or where to study by applying through Adjustment.


From 5 July to 21 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing. That's if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places. You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track

Find out more about Clearing on the UCAS website

What's it like going through Clearing?

Worried about Results Day and not sure what it's like to go through Clearing?

We talked to Mechanical Engineering student Sidra, who joined Newcastle University through Clearing, to:

  • find out what it was like
  • how she felt
  • what life is like now she has her place at Newcastle

Clearing and Results Day COVID-19 advice


Adjustment is a chance for you to reconsider where and what to study. If you've had a conditional firm choice accepted, you could potentially swap your place for one on another course you prefer.

Adjustment is available from A Level results day until the end of August. A lot of competitive courses will be full. But other applicants might have missed their conditions or swapped, so it could be worth seeing what's available.

Find out more about Adjustment on the UCAS website

Looking at your university options for Results Day?

Whether you get the results you need or come to join us through Clearing or Adjustment, here's why you should consider Newcastle University.

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