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UCAS Clearing A to Z

To help you get your head around the UCAS Clearing process in Scotland, and what it all means, we’ve put together a handy glossary of terms so you’re ready to discuss your options when you get your exam results.

Adjustment – If your grades are better than predicted, you may be able to get a place on a course with higher entry requirements. To do this, you can go through the Adjustment process ­- while still holding your original confirmed place. Find out more on our UCAS Adjustment page.

Choice – A choice is a course you apply for. If you’ve applied through UCAS, you may have made multiple choices. When you get your results, you can view our Clearing vacancies - courses with available places - and make your choice through UCAS Clearing.

Clearing – UCAS Clearing is the process you can go through if you didn’t get a place on a course of your choice – whether because you didn’t receive any offers, declined your offers, or didn’t get the grades you needed. Find out more about how clearing works.

Conditional offer – An offer of a place on a course subject to certain conditions – usually linked to your exam results.

Confirmation – If you meet the terms of a conditional offer – for example, you get the required exam results - you will be offered a place on the course.

Course – View our Clearing courses to find vacancies across different subjects and levels. These will vary depending on which country you are applying from.

Deferral – If you would like to start your course in the following academic year, you can choose to defer an offer.

Extra – Extra is another chance for you to gain a place at university or college. If you used all five of your choices on your original application and you’re not holding an offer, you’ll be able to add another choice using Extra between 25 February and 4 July. 

Entry requirements – Each course has criteria - from specific subjects and grades to admissions tests and interviews - that you need to meet to be considered for a place.

Firm choice – An offer you accept as your first choice within your UCAS application.

Informal offer – Through UCAS Clearing, you may receive an informal offer. Once you add this as your clearing choice in UCAS Track and it has been processed, it will be confirmed.

Insurance choice – An offer you accept as your second choice within your UCAS application – in case you don’t meet the conditions of your firm offer.

Point of entry – This is the year of the course you start at. Your point of entry may not always be the first year, depending on your qualifications and the requirements of the course.

Track – UCAS Track allows you to track your application. During Clearing, if you receive an offer and are applying through UCAS, you will need to add the course to Track so it can be processed.

UCAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK, through which most students apply to undergraduate courses.

Unconditional offer – An offer of a place on your chosen course that is subject to no conditions.

Unsuccessful – The outcome of an application if you either haven’t been made an offer or you have not met the conditions of an offer.

Questions about Clearing?

Get in touch with our admissions team.

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