Clearing at Essex will open on 3 July 2024

When it comes to applying, you'll submit personal information, such as contact details, alongside qualification details. You'll also get the chance to tell us about any extracurricular activities or work experience you think we might want to know about. 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.

Your application then gets sent to our Admissions team and you'll receive further information via email. Simple, right?

How will I find out if I've been offered a place?

We will aim to be back in touch via email within 2 working days of receiving your application. 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.

How do I accept an offer?

Fingers crossed we can offer you a place – wahoo! If that’s the case, all the information about what you need to do if you receive a Clearing offer and the next steps will be sent to you via email. If you have applied through UCAS, you’ll need to log in to your UCAS Hub and add Essex as your Clearing choice. This is how:

  1. Log into UCAS Hub.
  2. Find the ‘add Clearing choice’ button.
  3. Enter Essex’s institution code – E70
  4. Enter the four character course code shown in your confirmation email from us.
  5. Celebrate your newfound future at Essex with your favourite dinner!

You can only add one Clearing choice at a time though, so don’t add us until we’ve emailed you confirming that we can make you a Clearing offer.

And if you’re not already in UCAS, no problem! We’ll let you know in your confirmation email what to do next and how to accept your offer.

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Belle's Clearing Journey

"My university journey looks a bit different to most people my age. I didn’t attend when I was 18 like the rest of my sixth form, instead I decided to go into working full time but I was bouncing between different jobs that I didn’t find fulfilling. At 23 I started to research degrees in subjects that I found interesting and the different career paths they could lead to. Being a mature student, I wanted to be close to home so I wouldn’t be miles away from my family, but I also wanted to study both Journalism and Literature and found that Essex offered this degree. Essex ticked all my boxes but as it was already summer, I thought it would be too late for me to start that year. I also thought I may have been too old to apply. I then saw that Clearing was an option, so straight away I rang the Clearing team who helped me through the whole application process. I found out the next day that my application had been accepted and I was due to start my course that October. Coming to Essex was the best decision I have ever made and I’m so glad I took the leap." Belle, BA Journalism and Literature, Second Year

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Why choose Essex in Clearing?

You're guaranteed university accommodation for at least the first year of your studies
Earn £250 by completing the Essex Preparation Programme
Free data science courses are available for all students
Essex is top 30 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2025
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