Clearing 2017: Top 10 UK universities with courses available

See which of the top UK universities (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings) are offering clearing places before and after A-level results day

July 26 2017
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With A-level results day fast approaching in the UK (results are out on 17 August), students will be eager to find out whether they have achieved their first (or second) choice of university. Results day in Scotland is slightly earlier on 8 August. 

Clearing – the process that allows students who didn’t get in (or perhaps those who did better than they anticipated and wish to change their choice) to select a different course – is already open on the Ucas website, where you can search for courses that are still available at UK universities. If you think you might be making a switch, now is a good time to check it out. 

Students who have their exam results (including those who did their A levels last year) and do not have any Ucas offers can apply for university places through clearing from July 2017, while students who miss their grades for conditional offers can use clearing after A-level results are released. 

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Some of the top universities in the UK are notably missing from the clearing catalogue including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Warwick and the University of St Andrews.

However, many of the top universities in the UK have plenty of clearing places available for a range of courses. Students must contact universities directly in order to secure a place through clearing. 

Below are the top 10 universities in the UK (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings) with clearing places available. Many more universities further down the rankings do also have places, so it’s worth checking out the Ucas website for the full selection. This table was correct at the time of publication on 26 July 2017. 

The table is based on students living in England. Availability may vary for students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, or if students are international. 

Top UK universities with clearing courses

UK ranking 2017 World University Ranking 2016-17 University Clearing availability 2017 
6 27 University of Edinburgh A small number of vacancies for well qualified applicants across a broad range of courses – to be confirmed
7 =36 King’s College London 70 courses including Classics, electronic engineering, nursing studies and Spanish
8 55 University of Manchester 215 courses including IT, law, pharmacy and civil engineering
9 71 University of Bristol  101 courses including biology, zoology, accounting and education studies
11 88 University of Glasgow 316 courses including archaeology, music, chemistry and earth science
12 =96 Durham University 40 courses including Japanese studies, anthropology, computer science and criminology
13 =109 University of Sheffield 381 courses including biochemistry, orthoptics, politics and urban studies
15 =113 Queen Mary University of London 231 courses including aerospace engineering, history, Russian and robotics engineering
16 =121 University of Southampton  361 courses including business analytics, international marketing, marine biology and fashion and textile design
17 =126 University of Exeter 146 courses including English, geology, Spanish and environmental science

The Ucas Exam Results helpline is open on results day for free and can be reached on 0808 100 8000.

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