Clearing 2018: 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 2018
Clearing 2017 university

With A-level results day fast approaching in the UK (results are out on 16 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 7 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 are thinking of 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 2018, 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 CambridgeImperial College LondonDurham University 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 universities in the UK (according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings) with clearing places available. This table was correct at the time of publication on 26 July 2018, but things may change so it is always worth checking the Ucas clearing selection tool on a regular basis.  

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

UK universities with clearing courses

UK ranking 2018 World University Ranking 2018 University Clearing availability 2018 
6 =27 University of Edinburgh 6 courses available including agricultural science and divinity
7 36 King's College London 100 courses available including digital culture, liberal arts, nursing and music
8 =54 University of Manchester 291 courses available including aerospace engineering, drama, fashion marketing and pharmacy
9 76 University of Bristol 108 courses available including ancient history, economics, geophysics and veterinary nursing
10 =80 University of Glasgow 410 courses available including Celtic studies, genetics, sociology and zoology
11 91 University of Warwick 154 courses available including Hispanic studies, liberal arts, systems engineering and theatre studies
13 104 University of Sheffield 367 courses available including bioengineering, Korean studies and microbiology
14 121 Queen Mary University of London 334 courses available including economics, film studies, international relations and robotics engineering
15 =126 University of Southampton 345 courses available including archaeology, games design, and art and occupational therapy
16 =130 University of Exeter 207 courses available including anthropology, marine biology and physics
17 =137 University of York 199 courses available including computer science, ecology and linguistics
18 139 University of Leeds 524 courses available including Islamic studies, mathematics and textile design
19 =141 University of Birmingham 3 courses available including nursing and social work
=21 =147 University of Nottingham 264 courses available including data science, food science and history of art
=21 =147 University of Sussex 201 courses available including astrophysics, English, law and music technology
23 =150 Lancaster University 315 courses available including chemistry, fine art and religious studies
24 =159 University of Leicester 180 courses available including American studies and history
25 =162 Cardiff University 374 courses available including criminology, Italian and medical engineering
26 =175 Newcastle University 241 courses available including classics, modern languages and rural studies
27 =177 University of Liverpool 557 courses available including communication and media, Egyptology, geology and orthoptics
28 185 University of Aberdeen 384 courses available including immunology, natural philosophy and sports and exercise science
29 187 University of Dundee 220 courses available including civil engineering and European politics
30  =188 University of East Anglia  219 courses available including chemical physics, climate change, and speech and language therapy 
31  197  Royal Holloway, University of London 231 courses available including Greek, philosophy and translation studies
=32  201-250 Queen's University Belfast  211 courses available including agricultural technology, broadcast production and Irish 
=32  201-250 University of Reading 233 courses available including architecture, consumer behaviour and marketing and food science
=32  201-250 St George's, University of London 9 courses available including paramedic science and therapeutic radiotherapy 
=35  251-300 University of Bath 108 courses available health and exercise science, pharmacology and social policy
=35 251-300 University of Essex 686 courses available including banking and finance, computer games, global studies and social work
=35  251-300 University of Surrey 252 courses available including dance and microbiology
=35 251-300  Swansea University 346 courses available including actuarial science, French and war and society 
=39  301-350 Aberystwyth University 305 courses available including childhood studies, ecology and equine studies 
=39  301-350 Anglia Ruskin University 156 courses available including construction management and events management 
=39  301-350 Bangor University 433 courses available including product design and Welsh history
=39  301-350 Birkbeck, University of London 105 courses available including culinary industry management and planetary science with astronomy
=39  301-350 Goldsmiths, University of London  68 courses available including curating, journalism and religion
=39 301-350 University of Kent 342 courses available including autism studies, digital arts and forensic science
 =39 301-350 Loughborough University 300 courses available including drama, psychology and sports technology
=39 301-350 University of Stirling 183 courses available including aquaculture and Scottish history
=48  351-400 Aston University 133 courses available including English language, human biology and optometry
=48 351-400 Brunel University London 225 courses available including aviation engineering, physiotherapy and theatre
=48  351-400  City, University of London  87 courses available including radiography and speech and language therapy 
=48  351-400 Heriot-Watt University 150 courses available including brewing and distilling, fashion and information systems 
=48  351-400 Royal Veterinary College 10 courses available including bioveterinary sciences and wild animal biology
=53  401-500 University of Hull 324 courses available including chemical engineering and midwifery
=53 401-500 Middlesex University 259 courses available including commercial law, environmental health and human resource management
=53 401-500 Oxford Brookes University 200 courses available including electronic engineering and Japanese studies
=53  401-500 University of Plymouth  188 courses available including 3D design, cruise management and internet design
=53 401-500 Soas, University of London 363 courses available including African studies, Middle Eastern studies and study of religions
=53 401-500 University of Strathyclyde  326 courses available including prosthetics and orthotics and software engineering
=60  501-600 University of Herfordshire 290 courses available including criminal justice, government and politics and motorsport technology
=60  501-600 Keele University 310 courses available including film studies, health and well-being and mental health nursing
=60 501-600 Liverpool John Moores University 222 courses available including building surveying, computer security and nautical science
=60  501-600 Northumbria University 157 courses available including business management, English literature and interior design
=60  501-600 University of Portsmouth 148 courses available including dental hygiene, photography and quantity surveying
=60  501-600 Ulster University 155 courses available including animation and interactive media
=60 501-600 University of the West of Scotland 72 courses available including commercial music and tourism management
=67  601-800 University of Bedfordshire 380 courses available including advertising and marketing communications and illustration 
=67  601-800 Bournemouth University 102 courses available including cyber security management and international hospitality management
=67  601-800  University of Bradford 108 courses available including psychology and virtual and augmented reality 
=67  601-800 University of Brighton 188 courses available including critical history, fine art printmaking and interior architecture
=67   601-800 University of Central Lancashire 512 courses available including economics, fashion promotion, and fire engineering 
=67  601-800 Coventry University 228 courses available including dietetics and human nutrition, global business management and sports therapy
=67  601-800 De Montfort University 167 courses available including footwear design, mechatronics and policing 
=67  601-800 University of East London 161 courses available including child psychology and graphic design
=67  601-800 Edinburgh Napier University  104 courses available including cyber security and forensics and law 
=67  601-800 Glasgow Caledonian University 59 courses available including cell and molecular biology, food bioscience and risk management
=67  601-800 University of Greenwich 233 courses available including agriculture, creative writing and public health
=67  601-800 University of Huddersfield  215 courses available including broadcast journalism and podiatry
=67  601-800 Kingston University 224 courses available including historic building conservation and popular music
=67  601-800 Leeds Beckett University 143 courses available including human geography and performing arts
=67  601-800 University of Lincoln 167 courses available including business economics, conservation of cultural heritage and media production
=67 601-800 Manchester Metropolitan University 377 courses available including American history, multimedia journalism and public relations and marketing
=67 601-800 Nottingham Trent University 336 courses available including chemistry, costume design and making and horticulture
=67 601-800 University of Roehampton 102 courses available including classical civilisation, early childhood studies and sport coaching 
=67  601-800 University of Salford 287 courses available including construction and medicinal chemistry
=67 601-800 University of South Wales 317 courses available including counselling and therapeutic practice and dance 
=67  601-800 Teesside University 260 courses available including 2D animation and crime and investigation 
=67  601-800 University of the West of England 211 courses available including geology, healthcare science and philosophy
=67 601-800 University of Westminster 151 courses available including finance, international relations and politics
=90  800-1000 University of Derby 667 courses available including international spa management, textile design and writing and publishing
=90 800-1000  London South Bank University 261 courses available including baking science and technology and education studies
=90  800-1000 Robert Gordon University 52 courses available including public relations and surveying
=90  800-1000  Sheffield Hallam University 207 courses available including international business and social work. 

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which are the ones in london please

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