Are you considering a career in Medicine but find yourself facing unexpected hurdles in the university admissions process? If so, you may be wondering about the option of Clearing.

What Is Clearing?

UCAS Clearing allows students to apply for university course places which haven’t been filled yet. You might want to consider Clearing if you’ve received no university offers, or if you’ve changed your mind at the last minute about what or where you’d like to study.

It typically takes place after the release of A-level results, and universities and colleges advertise any remaining vacancies on their courses. Students who did not meet the entry requirements for their initial choices or did not receive any offers can contact universities directly to inquire about available places through Clearing.

Clearing provides an opportunity for students to secure a place in a different university or course, allowing them to continue their academic journey in a field related to Medicine or explore other healthcare-related disciplines.

This year, Clearing will open on Friday 5 July 2024.

Can I Find A Medicine Place Through Clearing?

There are typically no Medicine places available through Clearing. This is because there are so many applicants for Medicine, and only a limited number of Medical School places each year, that there are simply no unfilled seats.

If you didn’t get into Medicine, you might want to look for a related course in Clearing, such as Biomedical Science or Biochemistry. This could be a good way to ultimately end up on a Medicine course. Take a look at the story of this student who got a place at Swansea through Clearing a couple of years ago and went on to get a place for Graduate Entry Medicine after graduating.


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What Are The Options?

If you didn’t get into Medicine this year, you might want to think about:

How Do I Make An Application Through Clearing?

Applying for university through Clearing is relatively straightforward. You can also find out more about Clearing on the UCAS website

  1. Use the UCAS search function to search for course vacancies. These could be snapped up fast – so the quicker you contact the universities, the better!
  2. Contact the universities you’re interested in and ask them if they will accept you.
  3. If the university will accept you, you need to upload the details of the course under ‘Your choices’ and then ‘Add a Clearing choice’ in Track.

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What Should I Do Before Results Day?

  1. Make sure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number (these can be found on your UCAS Track under ‘Your Choices’ so make a note of this beforehand), your predicted grades, your Personal Statement and your GCSE results. You could print these out if necessary.
  2. Have a pen and paper to jot things down while you’re on the phone.
  3. If you have an idea of the universities you might like to contact, make sure you research them before you call them – you may be asked why you want to attend that particular university or do that particular course on the phone, so make sure you have an answer!
  4. Remember to charge your phone before results day – you’ll need it to call the universities!

Clearing Tips

Remember, Clearing can be an opportunity to find a course and university that may be a better fit for you. Stay proactive, remain positive, and be prepared to make the most of the options available to you.

  • Research and Prepare: Before Clearing begins, research universities and courses that interest you. Make a list of potential options with all the details.
  • Contact Universities: Once Clearing opens, contact universities directly to inquire about available places. Be prepared with your UCAS ID, A-level results, and personal statement.
  • Be Flexible: Consider alternative courses or universities that may not have been your initial choices. Keep an open mind!
  • Prepare for Phone Interviews: Be prepared to discuss your qualifications, experiences, and motivations!
  • Act Promptly: Clearing operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so act promptly if you find a suitable vacancy. Universities may fill their available places quickly, requiring you to make a fast decision.

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