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What are clearing and adjustment?

So what exactly are clearing and adjustment? Let us explain how each process can help you get the place you want at university.

What is clearing?

Once you’ve received your results and your UCAS Track has updated, you’ll know whether you secured your place at your chosen university or not. Universities will also then know whether they have filled all of their places on each course, or whether they have some places still available.

Clearing allows universities to match up the places still available with students holding the appropriate grades for these courses. If you’ve received your exam results but you haven’t met your firm or insurance conditional offer, or you do not hold any offers but would like to attend university this year, you’re eligible to apply for courses at any university with availability through clearing.

Sometimes, if you have only narrowly missed out on the grades required for your conditional offer, the university may still consider your offer, meaning that your status on UCAS Track may take longer to update. If you are in clearing, your status will say “You are in clearing”. You can then search for the courses available.

From 6pm on Wednesday 16 August 2017, you will find a list of the courses at The University of Manchester with places available via clearing on our clearing and adjustment webpages, which will be regularly updated. You will also find these courses, plus those at other universities, on UCAS Search or the Telegraph website.  

What is adjustment?

Adjustment is a service provided by UCAS which allows you to find alternative courses if you’ve performed better than you expected and exceeded the grades that you need for your conditional offer (for example, you held a conditional offer of AAB but have received AAA).

You may wish to stick with your original choice and your conditional offer will become unconditional; adjustment is completely optional. However, adjustment allows you to see if there are any courses with places available for which you now meet the entry requirements. Once you’ve received your results and your offer changes to unconditional in UCAS Track, you have five days in which adjustment is available to you.

If you’re eligible for adjustment, you can register through UCAS Track and then begin contacting universities that you’re interested in to talk about possible vacancies on their courses. You can find courses available through adjustment at The University of Manchester on our clearing and adjustment webpages once you’ve received your A-level results, and can search courses via UCAS Search.

Don’t worry about talking to different universities – you still have your firm choice secured until you find a different course that you are completely sure that you want to accept. However you should only verbally agree an offer with one university and they will then add themselves to your UCAS Track. Don’t rush into it!