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How to complete our Clearing online application form

Our online application form allows you to apply directly to Reading in Clearing so you don't have to wait on the phone.

The online application form is optimised for desktop use, but you can also use a tablet or mobile device to apply. Our step-by-step guide to the online application form aims to help you easily complete your application. 


1. About you

2. More about you

3. Choose a course

4. More course questions

5. Qualifications

6. Upload documents

7. Last step

8. Confirm application


Please include your 10-digit UCAS personal ID (if you have previously applied via UCAS); this will help us verify your personal details faster. Then, under 'Application Type', select whether you're applying via Clearing or Adjustment.


Next, enter your family name (this is your surname or last name), forename(s) (this is your first name(s) or given name(s)), date of birth and gender (which is a dropdown list – please select one option from the list, including 'not specified' or 'other').

Finally, enter your address, telephone number (including country code), and email address. We'll contact you via email, so make sure your email address is correct.

Please note: you won't be able to move to the 'More about you' section unless all required fields (those with an asterisk *) have been completed.


You'll need to confirm your country of domicile (the country which you normally live), your nationality (the country of which you are a passport holder), and your country of birth. Type your answer in the search field. Note: this is not a dropdown list selection and the countries are not listed alphabetically, so please be sure to type in your answers.

If you are a non-UK or Republic of Ireland national, you should select 'yes' to the question 'Do you need a visa to study in the UK?'.  Post-Brexit, all EU/EEA nationals (excluding Republic of Ireland) now need a visa to study in the UK.



Select the course you'd like to apply for. Use the 'Search for a course' search feature by typing in one keyword from the course title (e.g. 'Anthropology', 'Placement' or 'BSc'). The search will take up to 30 seconds to retrieve a list of courses. Depending on your search criteria, the retrieval list may be more than 10 items. In this case, simply select on 'Next' to scroll through the retrieved items.


Once you've found the course you'd like to apply for, tick the box under the 'Select' column. Then select 'Confirm Course', which will be on the bottom left-hand side under the retrieval list.

Since you can only select one course, you will have to confirm your selection in a pop-up box. This action cannot be undone.


If this is the course you want, select 'Yes'. If you're not sure or want to re-visit the list of courses, select 'No' and simply start your search again. If you're also interested in another course as an alternative, you can let us know in the '7. Last step' section.


If there are additional requirements for the course you've selected, such as a portfolio, this information will be included in the 'More course questions' section. If there is nothing additional required for the course then this section will be blank and you can skip to the 'Qualifications' section. If you are applying for a course which requires a portfolio or additional documents, upload these in the 'More course questions' section. The maximum file size is 3MB, so please compress your documents to the appropriate size. If your portfolio is available online, include the URL.

5. Qualifications

In the 'Qualifications' section, you'll need to tell us which qualifications you hold, your subject grades, and any comments you have about your qualification. Please include details of your A level or equivalent qualifications and provide details of your GCSE or Level 2 equivalent qualifications in English, Maths and Science. For each qualification subject you'll need to add a new qualification (for instance, each A level will need to be entered separately) .

The qualification field is a free-text field, and we've pre-loaded most qualifications in the search function. For standard A level qualifications please include a hyphen: 'A-L' and then select 'AL GCE A-level'. If your qualification isn't in the list, select 'Other' and then put the full qualification title in the 'Notes' section.

How to complete Clearing form step 5 A-L

Next, you'll need to include the subject you've taken – for instance, 'Biology' or 'English Literature'. This is also a free-text field if your subject isn't on the list.

Finally, select your grade. This is a selectable list, but also a free-text type list as well if your grade scale isn't showing.


Please remember that each qualification will need to be entered separately, and you should also include any GCSE or Level 2 equivalent qualifications in English, Maths and Science. If you are an international student, you should also include the results of your IELTS or equivalent English Language test.

Finally, if you have anything you wish to tell us about your qualifications, please include this in the 'Notes' section (for instance, if you intend to have your A level re-marked, or if you are an international student and are unsure of what your GCSE equivalent in English, Maths and Science is).

6. Upload documents

You have the option to upload your documents directly to your application. If you don't have the documents to hand, don't worry. We can still process your application without them but we'll need you to send us everything if we've been able to make you an offer and you want to accept your place at Reading.

If possible, please upload your final transcript (e.g. your course list and grades) and your certificate (diploma). If you're an international student, if possible, please include a copy of your passport and a copy of your English Language test results (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.). if you have any other document that you'd like to attach (for instance, if you are currently studying on an International Foundation Programme at another institution and have been issued a CAS), you can also attach that for us to review.

7. Last step

If there's anything else that you'd like us to consider as part of your application, please include that in the 'Last step' section. We'll automatically assess your application for a suitable alternative course if we're not able to make you an offer on your first choice course, but if there's another course you'd like us to consider that may not be similar to the one you've selected above, let us know.

Finally, if you are attending a University of Reading event, or have a University of Reading event code, please enter the code.  For instance, if you're attending an overseas event where we're issuing on-the-spot offers, please ask the Reading staff member for the code and enter it here so we can process your application faster. Or, if you're an overseas agent applying on behalf of a student, please enter your code and include your agent details in the 'Last step' field so we can record this against your agency.

8. Confirm and submit your application

Thank you for your interest in the University of Reading. Please check your email (including any junk/spam folders) as you'll receive an auto-confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted. Your application will now be reviewed by one of our advisors, and you'll receive an update on your application from a member of our team as soon as possible.

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