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Clearing - what you need to know

At Essex, we like to think about Clearing as your final opportunity to choose a place at university. Here are some of the questions we get asked every year and our simple, no-faff answers.

How do I apply through Clearing?

Clearing 2022 is now closed. When Clearing 2023 opens in July you will be able to apply to Essex by calling our hotline or completing our webform.

How does Clearing work?

Put simply, Clearing is your final opportunity to apply for university starting this year. You can use this to change course, change university or choose to attend university when perhaps you hadn’t planned to before! It is available to all students (UK and international). You don't even need to have a UCAS application to use it.

What are the entry requirements for courses in Clearing?

Our entry requirements in Clearing vary by course. Most of our courses are accepting at BCC - CCC or equivalent, but with some flexibility. Contact us now on our Clearing application form or give us a call on 01206 873666 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

Some courses require specific grades in certain subjects at GCSE or A-level (or equivalent from other qualifications), so please make sure you provide information about the subjects taken and grades achieved in all of your qualifications when you apply.

Are all undergraduate courses in Clearing?

Not all, but the vast majority are. You can see a full list of our courses in Clearing here.

When does Clearing close?

Clearing 2022 is now closed. Clearing 2023 will open in July 2023.

How long will it take to make a decision?

We will aim to be back in touch via email within 24 hours of receiving your application. If you have any certificates or transcripts of your qualifications, please make use of the document uploader on the online Clearing webform to send these to us with your Clearing application, especially if these are not standard UK qualifications. This will often help us make our decision much quicker.

It’s really important to ensure you give us the best email address to contact you on. Check your emails regularly as we may contact you if we need more information before making a decision, or to let you know an interview is required before an offer can be made. All the information about what you need to do if you receive a Clearing offer and the next steps will also be sent to you via email.

How long can I take to respond to my offer?

If you have received a Clearing offer and you would like to accept it, please add Essex as your Clearing choice by following the instructions in the email you will have received. We don’t have a fixed deadline to do this but, as demand for places is high, we recommend doing this as soon as you can. This will allow you to secure your place and apply for accommodation.

Can I release myself into Clearing?

Yes. You can do this via UCAS Hub using the 'decline my place' option, but you should only do this when you know you have an offer from another university. Otherwise, you could be left with nothing!

I'm holding an offer at another university, can I still apply to Essex through Clearing?

Of course – we’d love to hear from you! If you’re reconsidering your options and you’re interested in studying at Essex, do get in touch and find out if we’d be able to offer you a place on your chosen course. You won’t, however, be able to add Essex as your Clearing choice through UCAS while you’re holding an offer at another university.

I declined my offer from Essex - can I apply again in Clearing?

No problem, just make sure you tell us that you applied previously when you get in touch.

Essex has rejected me - can I reapply through Clearing?

If we rejected you after receiving your results or after attending a compulsory interview, then unfortunately you cannot re-apply for the same course.

We may have also considered you for alternative courses before rejecting your previous application, but if you would like to be considered for a different course or you have additional information/qualifications to provide since your original application, get in touch and we can advise.


Why have I been offered a different course to the one I applied for?

This is because we haven't been able to offer you a place on the course you originally applied for. This is most likely to be because the course you applied for is full or you were not eligible. However, the good news is that we have been able to offer you an alternative course. Use our course finder to find out more about the alternative course you have been offered. 

Why have I been offered a Foundation Year course?

We may have offered you a degree with an integrated foundation year if you didn’t meet the entry requirements for Year One of the degree. During your foundation year you’ll study within our Essex Pathways department, taking modules which are relevant to your chosen degree, along with academic skills modules that enable you to succeed at undergraduate level. It is a great way to improve your confidence before starting your first year of undergraduate study in your subject department.

Essex Pathways department is based at our Colchester campus and has experienced teaching staff who are dedicated to preparing you to make the transition into your subject department in Year One.  From the very first moment you arrive at Essex Pathways, you will feel part of our community. Additionally, you are guaranteed University accommodation for your foundation year if you make us your firm choice and apply by the published deadline.

Upon successful completion of your foundation year within Essex Pathways you are guaranteed progression onto the first year of the degree, with the remainder of the course taught within your department. Further information can be found on our Essex Pathways department page.

Will applying through Clearing affect my student finance?

If you’ve already applied for student finance but decided to change your course or university through Clearing or Adjustment, you need to let Student Finance know as soon as possible.

If you haven’t yet applied for student finance and you need funding, you should apply online as soon as possible once your Clearing place has been confirmed and your status with Essex is UFFurther information on how to apply and contact details can be found on the Student Finance website.

Can I apply through Clearing with only some of my grades?

You can submit an application, yes. However, it is unlikely we would be able to make a decision on your application without all of your grades so we would advise you wait until you have all of your results before your apply.

If you make a Clearing application using our webform, please use the document uploader to provide us with copies of any relevant transcripts or documentation, especially if you have not taken standard UK qualifications.

Will I need to attend an interview?

This depends upon your course - there are a few health-related courses for which an interview is mandatory but these will all take place via Zoom. You’ll get further details about this via email.

How will my course be taught?

Across the university we are planning for 98% of our teaching to be delivered face-to-face. Departments are providing students with specific details relating to their courses and modules.

My place has been confirmed, can I apply for accommodation?

Once you’re UF with us, you can apply for accommodation. Details of how to apply will be included in the email we send to confirm your offer. You can also arrange your own private accommodation through SU Homes.

Do you have any scholarships available for Clearing students?

Yes, you can find out more about the scholarships we have available and find out whether you're eligible on our Scholarships page.

I haven't taken A-level or BTEC qualifications, can I still apply through Clearing? 

Yes, we consider a range of qualifications for entry to Essex. If you make a Clearing application using our online Clearing form, please make sure you include the full title of your qualification, the year it was taken and your grades. If you have any certificates or transcripts of your qualifications, please make use of the document uploader on the online Clearing form to send these to us with your application, especially if these are not standard UK qualifications. This will often help us make our decision much quicker.

Can I apply as a mature learner?

Yes! We welcome applications from mature students (over 21) and students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. Find out more about applying as a mature student.

I'm not in UCAS, can I still apply through Clearing?

Yes, then if we are able to offer you a place we will send you instructions of how to complete our Direct Application form to confirm your place.

I need a Student Visa, how and when will I get my CAS?

If you receive a Clearing offer and add Essex as your Clearing choice, you will receive further information from us about your CAS via email once we have done all our checks and confirmed your place. More information about CASs can be found on our immigration pages.

Why choose Essex in Clearing?

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