UCAS Clearing 2021: what it is, how to register for Track’s university courses – and when it opens on results day


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UCAS Clearing is an option for students who are not achieving the necessary results in the graduate courses they are taking again or in their advanced graduate courses for the university course they have applied for (Getty Images)

For many, those grades will determine whether they get a place in the college course of their choice – but you don’t have to panic if you’re disappointed with the compensation process.

Here’s what you need to know about it.

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What is compensation?

This gives those who miss their first choice another chance to enroll in another course and, similarly, those who haven’t received any offers a chance to go to college.

The UCAS system also allows universities to fill the remaining places in their courses.

Scottish universities start publishing their clearing offers a few weeks before results day, and the number of places varies from place to place. Some universities have very few places available, while others have none at all.

There may also be restrictions on who these courses are open to.

You can check with each university to see what courses they offer.

What is Clearing Plus?

Introduced last year by UCAS, Clearing Plus is a new tool that makes it easy for students to find their ideal course and navigate through the thousands of options on offer.

It gives college courses a grade based on their relevance to you.

This means that you have a single list that displays your best suited courses at the top.

To determine the list, UCAS examines your initial choices for which you applied, as well as your qualifications and grades.

It says, “Universities and colleges have already told us which courses they would like to make available in Clearing Plus (no, not all courses are included in your matches) and the entry requirements for them. Next, we analyze what Clearing students have studied in previous years.

But students are always encouraged to research a course on their own before making a decision.

In addition, if you show interest in a course, it does not guarantee you a place.

How can I make a request for compensation?

The UCAS Track website tells you whether or not you have been offered a place at university and provides you with a unique compensation number.

You can apply if you have not received any offer (or any offer you wish to accept), if you have not fulfilled the conditions of your offers or if you have refused your firm place on Track.

Before adding a compensation choice in Track, you must call the university and provide them with your compensation number so that they can search for your application and decide whether to accept you.

You should only add a compensation choice to the one you have permission from the university.

Once you are in compensation, the website will update your status to “You are now in compensation” or “Compensation has started”.

Students can search and find vacancies that interest them through the official UCAS list. You can filter them by location or by course preference.

When can I choose a Clearing course?

You cannot add a Clearing course choice to UCAS Track before 2:00 p.m. on the day of the SQA exam results.

This means that you have time, after receiving your grades, to think carefully about where and what you want to study and also to speak directly to the universities that interest you.

The clearing for this year is open from July 5 to October 19.


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