Clearing FAQs

Read answers to our top FAQs to help guide you through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to the questions we’re asked most often.

If your questioned isn't answered here, you can contact us via Live Chat, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or call us on 01382 308080 .

See also the UCAS website for further information about the Clearing process.

1. What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities fill up any remaining places on their courses.

You can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

It’s the perfect opportunity to find a place on a course starting in September if you: 

  • Didn't receive the grades you were expecting

  • Have only just decided to apply to uni

  • Are having second thoughts about what or where to study

2. What will you ask you for when I call?

We’ll ask for:

  • Your full name, telephone number, email address and your UCAS personal ID and Clearing number (if you have one).

  • The title and UCAS code of the course you're interested in.

  • Your qualifications and grades.

If we're considering offering you a place on the course, we'll ask you to fill in our online application form and upload your qualifications. We’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

3. What happens if you make me an offer?

Once you receive an offer from us that you’d like to accept, note down the full title of the course and UCAS code. You must then add Abertay as a clearing choice in UCAS Track. You can do this by selecting the ‘Add a clearing choice’ button using the course code and institution code for Abertay (our institution code is A30).

We’ll confirm, and then your offer and status will appear as 'Unconditional Firm with Abertay University'. Sometimes this won’t show right away – don’t worry, you still have your offer.

Once accepted, we’ll send you confirmation and information about starting with us in September. Please note: once you add 'Abertay as your Clearing Choice' on UCAS, you can no longer be considered by another university.

4. How do I find out about starting my course?

Freshers and Welcome Week includes essential events such as registration (when you become a fully enrolled student), together with induction sessions for your chosen degree programme and social activities.

For more information, see our Welcome to Abertay pages.

5. Will I be able to live in student accommodation?

If there are rooms available, you can still apply for a place in student accommodation as a Clearing applicant. For further information, please visit our accommodation pages

6. Can I apply through Clearing if I was previously withdrawn as an Abertay student?

If you previously started an undergraduate degree with us and were withdrawn, you'll need to apply through the normal UCAS cycle by 30 June at the latest - we won't be able to consider your application in Clearing.

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