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Clearing and Adjustment explained

Are your results changing? How to apply via Clearing

If your new grades mean you'd like to apply to us through Clearing, please view our courses available in Clearing and contact our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)118 402 0900.

If you've previously applied in Clearing but weren't offered a place, if you have your Centre Assessed Grades, we will be able to re-assess your application. Contact our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)118 402 0900 to discuss your options.

We've provided some general information about Clearing and Adjustment, how it works, and how to prepare yourself to apply via Clearing and Adjustment.

You may have lots of questions about Clearing – but we're here to help! You'll also find answers to the frequently asked questions we receive each year.

Clearing is a way of applying to university when you are applying for the first time after 30 June, or when your results are not what you expected. The easiest way to know if you are in Clearing is by checking your UCAS Track status. It will say "You are in Clearing" or "Clearing has started". You can also read more on the UCAS website.

Adjustment is when you can change the course or provider you want to study at because you have done better than expected by exceeding the offer conditions of your firm choice. It is possible you could swap what or where you study. Find out more about Adjustment from UCAS.

Clearing and Adjustment is open to UK, EU and international students. You can apply through Clearing and Adjustment if:

  • you applied through UCAS before 30 June 2020, but your results aren't what you expected and you didn't get your original choice of course or university
  • you applied through UCAS before 30 June 2020 and your results are better than expected, so you'd like to apply for a different course or university
  • you applied through UCAS before 30 June 2020, you received your exam results and you've changed your mind about the university place you've accepted
  • you didn't apply for a university place before 30 June 2020, you have your exam results and are now considering applying to university.

If you apply for a place at university for September 2020 entry after 30 June 2020, your application is automatically included in Clearing.

You'll have two ways to apply to the University of Reading during Clearing and Adjustment: you can call our Clearing hotline or you can complete an online application form. If you are applying on 13 August, we'll update our main Clearing page with the Clearing hotline on 12 August. Both our phone and online application form are handled in exactly the same way, so it doesn't make any difference which method you use to apply.

6 July 2020: Clearing opens if you have your results

Between 6 July and 7 August – if you receive your results during this period you can apply via Clearing. You can apply by calling our Undergraduate Admissions Team or completing an online application form. If you already have your results, please visit our Have your Results? page to find out more about how to apply.

13 August 2020: A level results day – Clearing and Adjustment opens

Most students will apply for Clearing places on A level results morning – Thursday 13 August 2020.

Adjustment at Reading opens on Thursday 13 August. However, you only have five 24-hour periods (including weekends) to consider Adjustment. You will only be eligible for Adjustment if you have exceeded all of the requirements of your firm choice offer (including any subject-specific requirements).

Thanks for your interest in applying to Reading via Clearing. When you apply, you will need to provide us with your official Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) if you are from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland (please note, we cannot accept Teacher Assessed Grades or Mock Exam grades).

If you are an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, please provide us with your final revised grades. We will then assess your application based upon these final grades. If we are able to offer you a place, we will then verify these against the CAGs provided to us by UCAS. In some cases, these may not be available to us, so we will email you asking for proof of your CAGs/final IB assessment. We will accept the official letter provided to you by your school, or an official email from your school (with the school email address clearly visible), as proof of your CAGs/final IB assessment.

We will absolutely reconsider you for a place via Clearing on our available courses. Please contact our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)118 402 0900 with your Clearing ID from your prior application (this is the application number that begins with CLR00000), along with your Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) or your final International Baccalaureate (IB) assessment.

We can then update your application with this information and make a decision based on your new grades. If we are able to offer you a place, we will then verify these against the CAGs provided to us by UCAS. In some cases, these may not be available to us, so we will email you asking for proof of your CAGs/final IB assessment. We will accept the official letter provided to you by your school, or an official email from your school (with the school email address clearly visible), as proof of your CAG/final IB assessment.

 

COVID-19 guidance

Visit our dedicated coronavirus pages for prospective students and applicants, where we've put together information for our future students about what to expect ahead of the start of term.

Frequently asked questions

Course-related questions

We'll post a list of all courses with places available during Clearing and Adjustment on our main Clearing page, which is updated throughout A level results day and the remainder of Clearing as courses fill.

If you're considering Reading through Clearing, it's a good idea to make a list of the courses (and UCAS codes) that you're interested in and check this against the final list of courses available in Clearing.

Any of the courses available in Clearing are also available for Adjustment.

Yes. Our list of available courses will include any Foundation courses that are open for Clearing applications, as well as our International Foundation Programme. Find out more about the different Foundation options at Reading.

 

Questions about applying via Clearing

We will publish our Clearing and Adjustment phone hotline a few days before Clearing so you can make a note of it. The hotline will open at 08:00 on Thursday 13 August 2020. Our online application form will also be available at 08:00 – please read our How to apply online guide to help you quickly complete the form.

We process applications via the online form and the phone hotline the same way, so you can choose either option. Please do not try both options, as this may cause some confusion.

The online application form will remain available for as long as we have vacancies.

The Clearing hotline will be available:

  • Thursday 13 August – 08:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 14 August – 08:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 15 August – 10:00 to 14:00
  • From Monday 17 August – 09:00 to 17:00

If you already have your results, you can apply between 6 July and 7 August. Visit our Have your Results? page to find out more about how to apply.

We understand this can be a stressful process, and we have a team of dedicated decision-makers on hand to make on-the-spot decisions.

Please note that for some courses, or if you have certain additional circumstances we need to consider, we may not be able to make an on-the-spot decision. We may ask you to provide additional information to help us assess your application (e.g. a portfolio) or we may ask you to have a phone interview with the admissions tutor for the course you're interested in before a final decision can be made. Don't worry – we'll explain any next steps if we can't issue an immediate decision.

Don't panic – we may have other related courses that you'd be interested in. Our decision-makers will be able to let you know what similar courses are available if you're applying to Clearing via our hotline. If you've submitted an online application, we'll automatically assess your application for a similar course and generate an offer for you via email if you're eligible. Once you receive your offer via email, call us back and we can answer any questions you have.

The lines will be very busy, but we have plenty of staff taking calls so please be patient and keep holding the line. We'll do our best to get to your call as quickly as we can.

If you don't want to wait, you can also apply online and we'll email you a decision. Online applications are handled in the same way as calls to our Clearing hotline.

Before you submit your application, read our guide to applying online, which will help you through the process.

Although the application form is optimised for desktop/laptop use, you can also use a mobile device such as a tablet or phone. If you choose to use a tablet or phone, do make sure you read the guide as certain features (such as hover help text) won't be available.

Before you submit your application, please double check that your email address is correct, as this is how we'll confirm receipt of your application. Please also check your junk/spam folder for the confirmation of submission email.

You'll receive a confirmation email when you submit your application. Please check to make sure this hasn't gone into your junk/spam folders. We'll have a team of decision-makers assessing online applications, and we'll do our best to process your application as quickly as we can. We will generate an offer that we'll send to you via email, so keep checking your email, as well as any spam/junk folders, just in case.

If you don't receive an auto-confirmation, it may be because you've mistyped your email address (be sure to check your junk/spam folder, just in case the auto-confirmation has gone there). If you haven't had a decision on your application within an hour, please call our Clearing hotline and let our decision-makers know you have submitted an online application. They will be able to bring up your application and correct your email address.

We are bound by the General Data Protection Regulation (2016), the UK Data Protection Act (2018), and all applicable Data Protection laws to treat your application confidentially, so we cannot take an application on your behalf unless you give us permission. You'll need to be available to give us permission to speak to your parent or guardian over the phone.

Visit our five steps to finding your place at Reading page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept your offer.

Your offer is only guaranteed until the following day at 12:00 (noon), so please be sure to accept it within that timeframe, which you must do via UCAS Track.

If you try to accept your offer on UCAS Track after 12:00 (noon) the next day, your offer will have expired and you will not be able to accept it. You'll need to contact us again to request a new offer, but please be aware that after your original offer expires we may not be able to reissue an offer for the same programme as our courses can become full during Clearing.

UCAS Track opens for offer acceptances after 15:00 on Thursday 13 August. If it's before 15:00 and you're trying to accept your offer, you'll need to wait until UCAS Track opens. We've provided step-by-step instructions on how to accept your offer on our five steps to finding your place at Reading page, which should help you through the process.

Some people receive their results before A level results day (13 August), depending on their qualification type and when those results are released. Early Clearing is open for applications between 6 July and 7 August, for applicants who have already received their final results.

We won't be able to assess partly completed applications, and we can't hold a partially completed application open.

Anyone receiving A level results on 13 August can apply from that day.

No, you can't apply until you have your results. Once you have your results, you can contact us to apply and we will guide you through the Clearing process.

It's a good idea to review the courses we offer at Reading, but please be aware that not all courses may be offered in Clearing.

When contacting us, please ensure that you have details of your qualifications available, including any GCSE or equivalent qualifications, as well as your most recent qualifications (such as A level or equivalent). We will then be able to let you know whether we can offer you a place.

Yes, you can still apply and we will guide you through the Clearing process.

It's a good idea to review the courses we offer at Reading, but please be aware that not all courses may be offered in Clearing.

When contacting us, please ensure that you have details of your qualifications available, including any GCSE or equivalent qualifications, as well as your most recent qualifications (such as A level or equivalent). We will then be able to let you know whether we can offer you a place.

Please note that you will need to make a UCAS application in order to accept any place offered.

Yes, you can apply. We appreciate that after a gap year, your interests and aspirations may have changed and we'll certainly accept applications.

Please ensure that you have your UCAS personal ID and/or Reading ID readily available, as well as details of all your qualifications (such as A level or equivalent), including GCSEs or equivalent. We will then be able to let you know whether we can offer you a place at Reading.

Please note, you'll need to withdraw your confirmed place and make a new UCAS application to accept your offer from Reading.

Yes, we may be able to make you a Clearing offer if we have places available on the course you previously applied for.

Unfortunately, we're not able to consider you through Clearing for the same course if Reading was your Firm/Insurance choice but we weren't able to confirm your place. We may be able to consider you for another course in Clearing, which we will look at on a case-by-case basis.

 

Other questions

You can find all of the measures we've put in place on our coronavirus pages for prospective students and applicants. These pages provide specific information for our future students about what to expect before the start of term.

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, you can take a virtual tour or a guided tour of our Whiteknights campus by one of our students.

Additionally, receive an offer from us on 13 August and you'll receive an invitation to attend our Virtual Clearing Visit Day on 14 August. This online event is exclusive to our Clearing and Adjustment offer holders. You'll learn more about the University through information sessions from colleagues in key central functions (Admissions, Student Support, Accommodation). You'll also have the opportunity to meet academic staff in your department and ask questions about your course via live chat.

These online opportunities should help you get a feel for the campus, your department and life at Reading. Although it's not the "complete" experience, we hope that it will still offer you an opportunity to engage with us.

If you're applying via Clearing between 6 July and 7 August, you are guaranteed accommodation. Once you've been offered your place at Reading, you will need to accept your offer by selecting Reading as your Clearing choice on UCAS Track. When we've confirmed that you've accepted your place and received your final results, we will send you an email with a booking link so you can apply for accommodation. This can take a few days, so don't worry if you haven't heard anything after you've accepted your place (your status on UCAS Track will show as "awaiting university decision" while we verify your results). As long as you apply for accommodation by 12 August and fulfil the conditions of your offer by 31 August, you are guaranteed accommodation.

Once we've processed your Clearing accommodation application, you will have three days to accept our accommodation offer.

If you're applying via Clearing on 13 August and we're able to make you an offer, your offer email will confirm whether we can guarantee you accommodation – please read your offer letter carefully. When we've confirmed that you've accepted your place and received your final results, we will send you an email with a booking link so you can apply for accommodation. This can take a few days, so don't worry if you haven't heard anything after you've accepted your place (your status on UCAS Track will show as "awaiting university decision" while we verify your results). We expect the booking email to go out on Tuesday 18 August.

Visit our Clearing Accommodation page to find out more.

Student Finance England (SFE) have a short video explaining what you need to know. If you get a place through Clearing and haven't yet applied for a student loan, don't worry. You can apply via the Student Finance England online service.

If you have already applied for student finance and then change your course/university through Clearing or Adjustment, you'll need to let Student Finance England know as soon as possible, as it may affect what you're entitled to. To do this, log into your SFE online account, then select: Your Account, Change your application, University/college and course.

There's a different process if you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, so please be sure to check with your relevant student finance authority.

 

International students

Yes. We accept a number of international qualifications for entry directly onto our undergraduate courses. If your qualifications do not meet the criteria for a place on a full degree course, then the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Reading provides you with a pathway to an undergraduate degree course. You can check your eligibility by country for our undergraduate and IFP courses.

Most international students have enough time to receive a visa to study in the UK when applying via Clearing. Once you hold an unconditional offer that you have accepted (so we have evidence of your academic qualifications, English proficiency and a copy of your passport), we'll be able to issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) document, which you'll need in order to apply for your visa. You can find more information on our visa and immigration page.

We also have overseas representatives in a number of countries who can help you with the visa application process.

Our International Recruitment team is able to provide you with support – from course advice to information about getting to Reading from the airport. We are also keeping our coronavirus pages for prospective students and applicants up-to-date with information on the measures we're putting in place for students arriving from outside the UK, as well as guidance based on current government advice and requirements.

Please contact the International Recruitment team and our staff will be able to help you. We also have overseas representatives in a number of countries, who can help you with the visa application process if you'd like more personalised support.

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