University of Essex

What is Clearing?

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We're here for you

Worried you might not get the exam results you need? Or have you changed your mind about your university choice or course? Don't panic we're here to help.

Each year thousands of applicants find university places through Clearing, so you're not alone.

Clearing is an ideal way for you to find a place at university if you haven’t met the conditions of your offers, or would like to shop around and see what other options are available. It's your final chance to grab a spot with us at Essex after UCAS closes for applications on 30 June. You’ll know you’re in Clearing if your UCAS track status says ‘You are in Clearing'.

You can apply using our webform which will be available once Clearing opens in July. Once our Clearing Hotline opens in August, you'll be able to make applications over the phone.

You can enter Clearing if...
  • You don't get the exam results you need to be accepted by your firm or insurance choice university
  • You get the exam results you need to be accepted, but want to explore other university options available to you 
  • You choose not to make a UCAS application before the deadline, but decide at a later date you want to be considered for October 2020 entry
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Got a question about a course or want to know more about accommodation at Essex? Fill out our online enquiry form or talk to us on live chat and we'll be happy to answer any queries you have.