SQA Results Day 2022: What is clearing, the process, deadline - how to apply to Edinburgh universities

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As pupils across Edinburgh are anxiously waiting for their SQA exams, tension is also running high when it comes to securing a place at the university of their choice.

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Results day can be incredibly stressful for some students, whether due to a lack of space or failing to get the required grades.

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However, failing to obtain the required grades or admission to the university of one’s choice is not the end of the road, since there are several options, such as obtaining a place through Clearing.

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So, what is Clearing and how can you apply?

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Clearing is for students who haven’t met the entry requirements for their chosen course, or haven’t received an offer.

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Those who meet these requirements are automatically entered into Clearing on UCAS. This route is also available to late applicants who still wish to attend a university.

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According to the UCAS website: “Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses.”

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If you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, you can apply for a course using clearing if the course still has available spaces.

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Clearing is the process of matching universities with course vacancies to prospective students without university places.

You’ll be entered for Clearing if you meet any of the following criteria:

– You didn’t meet the requirements of your offers from your first or insurance choices

– You applied for university after 30th June 2022

– You weren’t made any offers by the universities you applied to

– You haven’t yet applied to university

When does Clearing happen?

You’ll be entered for Clearing on the day you get your SQA exam results which will be on 9 August.

Those who are studying in another part of the UK and want to go to a Scottish university then they will get their A Level results on August,, which is when Clearing becomes available to everyone.

When is the deadline for Clearing?

According to the Scottish Government website, clearing runs from July to October.

The website also reminds those applying that this is after the deadline for Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) funding.