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Check out Leeds Beckett University’s extensive guide to results day and clearing below:


Clearing is a part of the UCAS university application process and is a final opportunity for applicants to secure a university place each year. Anyone who applies after 30 June will automatically be entered into Clearing, meaning you still have the opportunity to study a course you’ll love in September.

Can I apply through Clearing?

You are eligible to apply in Clearing if:

  • You already have your results but you have no offers
  • You had conditional offers but your results didn’t go to plan
  • You have declined all your offers or not responded by the due date
  • UCAS received your application after 30 June. If they receive your application after this date, they will not send it to any universities or colleges, therefore you will automatically be entered into Clearing

If you’re eligible for Clearing, it will say on your UCAS Hub account status, and a Clearing button will have automatically been added to your screen. That’s also where you will find your Clearing Number (located on the welcome and choices pages), which we will need to access your application.

If you have not applied for a university place yet, don’t worry, you can apply via UCAS now and will be entered into Clearing automatically.

When does Clearing open?

The Clearing process opens on Wed 5 July 2023, but you can only apply through Clearing when you have your results. Results day for A levels is 17 August 2023.

If you are taking a BTEC, or any other qualifications where you already have your results, you can call us on 0113 8123113 to secure your place.

Our Clearing courses are available to view from July. You can apply to us through Clearing if:

  • You already know your results / qualification and don’t have a place at university
  • You already know your results / qualification and have decided you want to come to Leeds Beckett but haven’t applied through UCAS yet

A level results day is Thursday 17 August 2023

Take a look at our results day guide for tips on how to prepare and how Clearing works on results day.


  1. When does Clearing close?

    Clearing officially closes in September. Whilst it’s important not to rush your decision, it’s worth remembering that our most popular courses may fill up before this.

How does Clearing work?

The Clearing process may seem complicated, but it can all be boiled down to a few simple steps:

  1. Don’t panic! September might not be far away, but there are still lots of great courses out there
  2. Research courses (and universities) to see which one best suits you
  3. Contact universities
  4. Confirm your place on UCAS Hub – you will need the course details and our institution code, which is L27
  5. Take your next steps; booking accommodation, organising student finance and moving in

Applying through Clearing

As Clearing is set up for lots of different scenarios, there may be some extra steps you need to take. Find out how to apply through Clearing in our step-by-step guide.


  1. What is UCAS self-release?

    If you have a pre-existing UCAS application, and hold an unconditional firm place at a university, you are still able to release yourself into Clearing. This is called Clearing self-release.

    Doing this will then allow you to apply to a different course or university through Clearing.

    Make sure you’re confident with your decision before self-releasing, as it is unlikely that you will be able to undo the process if you change your mind.

  1. What is Clearing Plus?

    Clearing allows you to browse courses at universities across the country, but UCAS have also now introduced Clearing Plus, which suggests courses they ‘match’ you with based on your application. From this list, you will be able to tell universities that you are ‘interested’ in their course, and if the course still has places, they may get in touch.

    Whilst this is a useful tool, you don’t have to use this. Alternatively, you may wish to  cover all your bases by using a combination of Clearing Plus as well as doing your own research and contacting universities directly.


If you do end up deciding to enter Clearing, then having already done some research before results day can save you some invaluable time. Getting your grades will be emotional enough one way or another, so the less you have to worry about on the day, the better!

If you’re a list lover or a spreadsheet fanatic, then you can actually have quite a lot of fun with your research. But don’t worry if you that’s not you, as you don’t need anything too fancy. Here are the essentials we recommend looking into, just in case you don’t get the grades you need (or if you do better than expected):

  • Other universities that you might be interested in
  • Other relevant courses at the same university that you might be interested in
  • The phone numbers of universities you might want to ring (our Clearing hotline number is 0113 812 3113)

It’s worth making notes on the different universities / courses you like, including things like facilities and entry requirements, as you may end up looking at lots of information and it can be easy to get mixed up.


On results day there’s some key information you’ll want to know before you make your application. Hopefully you’ve done some prep and you’re ready to go, here’s some additional information for you to reference on the day.

Tips for Clearing Top tips from our Head of Admissions, Denise Dixon Smith.



If you do decide to give us a call on the day, here’s some extra tips for you to get the most out of your conversation. If you choose to apply online, these tips can still be helpful to keep in mind.

  1. Write down your essential information

    This will help you during your conversation. This should include having your UCAS ID and Clearing ID, if released, to hand. You should also make notes on the course you want to study – what has attracted you to it? Are there any details about the course you’d like to know? Now is the time to ask any questions you might have.

  2. Stay online if possible

    You’ll need to be able to sign into your UCAS Hub account once you’ve made your decision. It’s also handy to be able to check any further details of courses or universities that you’re interested before making your final decision.

  3. Take a deep breath

    Remember, the person on the end of the line wants to help. They will be speaking to hundreds of people in your position. They know you’re nervous, and they’ll do everything they can to try to put you at your ease. Try smiling while you speak – it may feel a little strange, but it will make your voice sound more relaxed and friendly over the line. Be prepared though, the lines may be busy. You may have to wait a few minutes before being connected to a telephone operator.

  4. Making the call

    However much you might want a parent or teacher to pick up the phone and do it on your behalf, this is something you need to do yourself. Due to Data Protection regulations, we cannot take phone calls from them without your expressed verbal consent. At the same time, however, it is good to remember that you’ll be the one studying at university for the next three years or more, so it has to be your decision.

  5. Make notes during your phone call

    If you’re ringing around a lot of universities, it can be easy to get confused. Make sure you know exactly what you’ve been offered from each university, and the details of their courses. Record any essential contacts, email addresses and telephone numbers which you may need for future reference.