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Even if you have no doubts that you will get the grades you need (we commend your self-confidence!), or are sure that your Firm and Insurance choices are right for you, it’s still smart to understand how Clearing works and to know what you’d need to do.

How do you get into Clearing?

Your first step depends on how far along you are with your choice to attend university and your reasons for going into Clearing. Below we have some common circumstances that perhaps you can relate to.

You haven’t applied yet.

Playing it cool or just an eleventh-hour decision? Simply contact UCAS to obtain a Clearing number.

You didn’t apply to university before 30th June.

You came a little late to the party, but the important thing is, you’re here. You will have automatically been entered into Clearing when you applied.

You’ve changed your mind.

If you’re getting a feeling that there may be a university or course that’s more suited to you, then we say do some research, and if you find what you’re looking for, go for it.

You’ll need to call your Firm or Insurance choice and ask them to release you into Clearing, which will then provide you with a unique Clearing number. This process can take time, so make sure you’re aware of this. To speed things up, have your UCAS ID ready when phoning.

You’ve missed your grades.

No moping – take some action! You can enter into Clearing to find a new institution.

Before you throw yourself into looking at other universities, make sure you check the status of your application on UCAS Track. If your offer is still showing as conditional, contact the university concerned to find out why. If you’re in Clearing, your Clearing number will be displayed. If you applied for a place at Chester, but didn’t quite make the grades, contact us. We may be able to reconsider your place, or offer you an alternative place on a different course. You can also register for Clearing updates on our website which will help you to get one step ahead.

Next step - check for vacancies.

Find out what universities have available by checking for course vacancies and reading course profiles. You’ll see from our course vacancies that there are a range of single and combined courses available to choose from across a number of subject areas.

In addition to our single honours course options, you may find that some courses offer a Foundation Year entry route. This option is for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications to enter directly onto the first year of a degree, but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Successful completion of the Foundation Year qualifies students to progress onto a full honours degree.

Make contact.

Once you’ve decided on the course you’d like to study, contact the university to see if they can make you can offer (make sure you have your results to hand). You can contact us at:

T: 0808 164 2713


Our lines are open 9:00 – 17:30 Monday to Thursday, and 9:00 – 16:30 on a Friday, with extended hours on the following dates:

Thursday 15th August 2019          7:00 – 19:00

Friday 16th August 2019                8:00 – 19:00

Saturday 17th August 2019           9:00 – 17:00

Sunday 18th August 2019              10:00 – 16:00

Whilst our lines may be busy during results day, our Clearing advisers will do everything they can to answer your call as efficiently as possible, so you shouldn’t be waiting too long.

Refer your application.

If you’re offered a place and you want to accept, log on to Track and refer your application by clicking 'Add Clearing choice', and fill in the details. This counts as you definitely accepting the offer. Once your place is confirmed, it will show as an acceptance on your 'Choices' page in Track.

If the University of Chester is your choice, here’s some key information:

  • Our UCAS Institution Code is C55
  • The name of the course and the course code can be found on our website, or by searching for the University of Chester on UCAS.
  • If you’re applying for a course based at one of the following locations, you may also need the Campus Code:
    • University Centre Reaseheath – R
    • University Centre Shrewsbury – S
    • Warrington Campus – W
  • Make sure that you enter the correct Campus Code in the ‘Choices’ section of the online application form.

Go and have a look.

If possible, take the time to visit your chosen university. Our campus tours will give you the opportunity to explore our campuses and put your questions to our experts. Book your place now.

T: 01244 512800


Update your Student Finance application.

It may be last in the process, but it’s still important! If you haven’t yet completed your Student Finance application, you will need to apply now. Or, if you’ve already applied but your choice of university or course has changed, you will need to update these details on your online account.

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