Staffordshire University's Beacon and Mellor buildings from the College Road view, surrounded by trees.

Clearing FAQs

We understand that going to university is a life-changing decision.

More than ever, choosing the right course at the right institution is paramount. It's natural to have questions about the process, which we've tried our best to answer on this page, meaning you will have plenty of time to make an informed choice during the coming weeks and months

For students

Can I use Clearing?

You can use Clearing if you apply after 30 June, didn't receive the right offer for you, or didn't meet the conditions of your offers.

When can I use Clearing?

If you have your exam results but you have no offers, you can use Clearing, it is available from July until September.

Where can I find my Clearing number?

Go to the 'Your choices' section of Track and click 'Add Clearing choice'. Only do this when we confirm that we will offer you a place and you want to accept it.

Fill in the course details by the date you're given on the phone. This counts as you accepting the offer. So if we confirm it'll show as an acceptance on the choices page of Track and we'll send you a confirmation letter.

You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn't confirm your place, you'll be able to add another.

If you're eligible for Clearing, your Clearing number will be on the welcome page and 'Your choices' section of Track.

Why hasn't UCAS Track updated?

Track will update once we make a decision on your offer. If you've met the conditions of your offer, your place will be confirmed soon.

For parents and guardians

What is Clearing?

Clearing is just another name for an admissions process.

Why use Clearing?

Clearing provides a second chance to find the right course if a student hasn’t received the grades they were hoping for, haven’t met conditions of previous offers, or if they have changed their mind from what they originally chose.

Is it common to use Clearing?

Yes. Over 10% of students come through Clearing every year.

Are Clearing students treated differently?

No, Clearing offers are processed in a different way, but once an offer is made and accepted, students are treated the same as someone who has accepted prior to the Clearing process.

How do I know that Staffordshire University is right for my child?

We are committed to student satisfaction and employability, and our accolades speak for themselves. If you’re still apprehensive, call us on 0800 590 830 where you can speak to our Clearing advisors, and even book a campus tour to experience the University first-hand!

How can I help?

As well as providing moral support, make sure your child has their Clearing number to hand when they’re ready to make a decision. This can be found in the 'Your choices' section of Track.

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for Career Prospects

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of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

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