Clearing guide for parents
As a parent, guardian, or carer, finding the right course and university for your child is as important to you as it is to them. Discover how you can help them make one of the most important decisions of their life.
Parents' Clearing guide
What is Clearing?
Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers.
Courses in Clearing aren’t just the ones that nobody wants, there are many reasons why courses are still available. It’s an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions or had a last-minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study.
How it works
When Clearing opens (Tuesday 5 July 2022), universities publish the courses that will be available through Clearing on the UCAS website.
If your child already applied to university they will have to wait until results day (Thursday 18 August 2022) to see if their place has been confirmed. UCAS Hub will tell you if your child is eligible for Clearing on results day. If they are, they will be given a Clearing Number. Keep a note of the Clearing Number and UCAS Personal ID as they will need these when calling universities.
When your child enters Clearing, all the courses that still have spaces available will be accessible on the UCAS website, along with their Clearing entry requirements. They should then call the universities to see if they'll make you an offer. If your child is successful and offered a place over the phone, they'll need to go back onto UCAS Hub and add the university as your Clearing Choice.
At Surrey, our Clearing hotline opens at 6am on A-level results day, 18 August.