Clearing glossary

During the Clearing process, there are certain phrases and terminology that you’ll encounter.

To help you get your head around what it all means ahead of results day, we’ve put together a handy glossary of terms so you’re ready to discuss your options.

Adjustment – Are your grades better than predicted? If you’d like to see if you can get a place on one of our courses with higher entry requirements, while still holding your original confirmed place, you will go through the Adjustment process.

Choice – A choice is a course you apply for. If you’ve applied through UCAS, you will likely have made multiple choices. When you have your results, you can view courses with available places and make a choice through Clearing.

Clearing – Clearing is the process through which, following your results, you can find an available place on a suitable course. You may not have received any offers (or none you wanted to accept) or met their conditions, so Clearing offers an alternative route to getting a place on the course for you.

Conditional offer – An offer of a place on a course, subject to conditions you’ll need to meet – usually exam results.

Confirmation – The outcome of an accepted conditional offer, e.g. if successful, your offer will be made unconditional; if not, it will be declined.

Course – View our Clearing courses to find course vacancies across different subjects and levels.

Deferral – If you choose to defer an offer, you carry it over to start in the following academic year.

Entry requirements – Each course has specific criteria that you are recommended to meet, e.g. qualifications, grades, admissions tests and other requirements. Please note you will not be guaranteed an offer if you meet or already have these, but you are more likely to be successful.

Firm choice – An offer you accept as your first choice within your UCAS application.

Informal offer – Through Clearing, you may receive an informal offer. Once you have added this to UCAS Track and it has been processed, the informal offer will be confirmed.

Insurance choice – An offer you accept as your second choice within your UCAS application.

Point of entry – Which year of the course are you looking to start at? Your point of entry may not always be the first year, depending on your qualifications and requirements.

Tariff – The UCAS Tariff system allocates points to qualifications and grades that will form the basis of the entry requirements for your undergraduate course. All courses have specific entry requirements.

Track – UCAS Track allows you to track your application. During Clearing, if we make you an offer and you’re applying through UCAS, you will need to add the course to Track so it can be processed.

UCAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK, through which most students of further education (college, sixth form, etc.) will be applying to undergraduate courses. You may not be applying through UCAS, but Clearing could still be an option – give us a call on our hotline: 01902 51 85 85

Unconditional offer – An offer of a place on your chosen course that is subject to no conditions.

Unsuccessful – The outcome of an application if you either haven’t been made an offer or you have not met the conditions of an offer.