Find out how you apply for a place at Kent through Clearing


Clearing guide for students

Clearing is a chance to choose what’s right for you. In case you want another option on results day, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Clearing basics.

When is Clearing 2024?

Clearing opens on 5 July and ends on 17 October.

You can apply for a place as soon as you have your results. 

How to use Clearing

We'll help you to navigate the Clearing process with ease

If you prepare in advance, you’ll feel calmer on the day and be ready to make your decision.

Check that you're eligible

You're eligible to use Clearing if:

  • You applied through UCAS but didn’t receive any offers by 30 June; 
  • you’ve received unexpected exam results and need to look for alternative courses; 
  • you’ve had a change of heart since you applied to UCAS and want to explore other options; you didn’t meet the conditions of your firm or insurance choice; 
  • you haven’t applied through UCAS before.  

Make a note of when hotlines open

Every university will have different hotline hours during Clearing. Most will stay open for extended periods on results day, but make it part of your research to check their timings. 

Check course vacancies regularly

Course availability will change quickly during Clearing, especially on results day. We update our course vacancies in real time, so make our website your first port of call. Bear in mind that popular courses fill quickly; which is why it’s a good idea to have other options in the bag.

Apply to universities and receive offers

Once you’ve checked your eligibility for a course, you can apply online or speak to one of our hotline operators. If you chose to call us, we’ll need to check that you meet the required grades for your chosen course. If you do, we’ll go ahead and take you through our Clearing application form and advise if you are eligible for an offer, or whether your application requires further review. If we can make you an offer via telephone, we will send you confirmation of this via email. 

Tip: keep track of your offers and don’t overwhelm yourself. Although there’s no limit to the number of offers you can hold in Clearing, applying to loads of courses will make shortlisting even harder. 

Accept your offer on UCAS Hub

You’ll usually have 24 hours to accept a Clearing offer. So, once you’ve decided which one you’d like to accept, head to your UCAS Hub. Go to the ‘next steps’ section, select ‘add a Clearing choice’ and input the course details. By adding the course as a Clearing choice, you are accepting your offer.

If you are holding an offer elsewhere in UCAS you'll need to contact the university whose offer you have accepted and ask them to cancel your place. You’ll have to wait until you’ve been released before you can accept another offer and add it as a Clearing choice on your Hub.


How do I book accommodation?

Your home from home

Kent takes the pressure off finding a room in Clearing. Rather than send you to another hotline, we ask if you need accommodation as part of our Clearing application form. Select ‘yes’, and our accommodation team will get in touch with advice about the best option for you.

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Come and see for yourself

Choosing a university is a big decision, and we know it’s reassuring to see where you might spend your time. You can book to take a Campus Tour any time and we have lots of dates to choose from.

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