What is university Clearing?
Clearing opens on 5 July 2021. Register for our Clearing support and we'll help you find your university place. Sign-up for:
- tips and Clearing advice direct to your inbox
- support from our expert Clearing advisers (during Clearing)
What is Clearing for university?
Clearing at university is part of the UCAS application process for undergraduates. It’s a way of matching students without a university place to universities who have course places to fill. Once your results are available, you can see if you’re eligible for Clearing by checking UCAS Track. This also is where you’ll find your Clearing number.
You can use university Clearing to find a course place if:
- you didn’t receive any offers
- you declined offers you did receive
- you didn’t meet the criteria for conditional offers for your chosen universities
- you applied after 30 June and were automatically entered into Clearing
Clearing is about preparation, acting fast and picking up the phone to us as soon as you get your results.
Wondering what to do next? Let us explain.
When can I apply for UCAS Clearing?
University Clearing opens on 5 July 2021, and remains open until late September 2021. For the majority of students, Clearing will begin on 10 August 2021 when A-level and SQA results are published.
The deadline for adding Clearing choices is 19 October 2021.
Already have an offer from another university?
Holding another offer does not stop you coming to the University of Stirling. If you contact our Clearing helpline we'll be happy to check your eligibility and talk you through the processes involved.
If you meet and exceed the conditions of your conditional firm choice, you could use UCAS Adjustment to find a place on a University of Stirling course which requires higher grades.
What is Adjustment in UCAS?
UCAS Adjustment is for students who have done better than they expected in their results. If you’ve met and exceeded conditions for your conditional firm choice, you could potentially adjust to a course at the University of Stirling.
Find out more about UCAS Adjustment.
Can I still apply for a student loan in university Clearing?
Yes, although you will need to contact your relevant student finance organisation. Keep all your important documents and identification to hand, as this will make the application process run smoothly.
Once you've secured your place at Stirling through the UCAS Clearing process, you'll receive a confirmation email from us. This will have your Applicant Number on it. We'll send you an email in the weeks after accepting your place with instructions on how to apply for accommodation at Stirling.
If you're from England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Republic of Ireland or international, we’ll guarantee you an offer of University-managed accommodation in your first year of study if you meet the eligibility criteria. Your accommodation application must reach us by 31 August 2021.
Why should I choose Stirling?
We may be slightly biased, but we think Stirling’s a great place to live and study in. We’re less than an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, with great bus and train links – so you’ll never be too far from home. Lloyd’s Bank named Stirling as the most affordable city in the UK (2017).
At the University of Stirling, we like to think that we offer a student experience that is second to none. Our campus welcomes people from all walks of life. It’s a place where ability, not background, is valued.
We’re a university with a pioneering spirit and a passion for breaking new ground – creating impact in everything we do. Come and join us.