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How clearing works

Clearing is a service you can use if you have not secured a place at university. 

It is run by UCAS and allows you to find courses with vacancies.

I hold an offer with grades achieved

We will be in touch with you by email and UCAS will also confirm your place (AS12 online confirmation letter), on Track. Please follow the instruction on this letter and reply to confirmation@ulster.ac.uk to accept your offer of a place at Ulster University.

I hold an offer without grades achieved

Please do not contact the helpline as it may take several days before a decision can be made. The University will process applications as places become available. The most up to date information will be on your UCAS Track account and UCAS will send you an email once Track has been updated.  If you hold an offer but have not achieved the grades, you may still be accepted on to the course or receive an alternative course offer.  

I haven't received an offer

If you haven't received an offer and want to enter Clearing, call our admissions enquiry line on +44 (0)28 7028 7028 to discuss your options. 

You will need to have the following information:

  • details of the clearing course(s) that interest you
  • UCAS personal ID
  • UCAS Clearing number

Key points to remember

  • You must contact our admissions enquiry line on +44 (0)28 7028 7028 (or 048 7028 7028 for the Republic of Ireland) to discuss your suitability for a course before making a referral in Clearing through UCAS Track.
  • Contact us yourself; we may need to ask some questions that only you can answer.
  • Get in touch right away; clearing happens quickly and the places available will be limited this year.
  • Our listings will outline the entrance requirements needed so you'll know if you are eligible.
  • Be prepared to give us any paperwork we require as soon as possible.
  • Let your Education and Library Board know what course you will be studying and where as it may affect any grants or loans.

Clearing tips

  • Choose a course that really interests you. 
  • Don't rush into a decision that you may later regret. You want to enjoy your years at university!
  • Consider other factors; location, accommodation, sports facilities and your social life are all important when making your decision.