If you change your mind or don’t get the grades you need for your firm or insurance choice, you can still apply to university through UCAS Clearing.

From 5 July – 18 October 2022, you can apply for a course using UCAS Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer or you’ve declined your firm place on UCAS.

If you had conditional offers but your exam results didn’t go to plan, you can also use Clearing from results day on 18 August 2022.

If you no longer want to go to your firm choice university, you can call them and ask them to release you into Clearing. Clearing Plus now allows you the option to also release yourself into Clearing. Read more about this here.


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You cannot swap your firm and insurance choice – if you want to go to your insurance choice university you will need to apply via Clearing – but check with your insurance choice first that they can accept you.

To apply for courses via Clearing:

  1. Ask for advice at your school/college.
  2. See what courses are available using the UCAS search tool.
  3. Consider different subjects and joint honours courses.
  4. Check the course details such as course content and structure, and entry requirements.
  5. Call universities you are interested in and give them your Clearing number (you can find this in Track), and Personal ID, so they can look up your application. Ask if they have spaces and if they’d accept you.
  6. Get informal offers over the phone – maybe from a variety of universities and colleges – then decide which one you want to accept.
  7. Add your Clearing choice in Track. Only add a Clearing choice once you have permission from the university or college. This counts as you accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it’ll show as an acceptance on your ‘Choices’ page in Track. You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn’t confirm your place, you’ll be able to add another.

You can apply for our BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree now. If you have any questions you can email us on [email protected] or call us on 0203 026 3781.

Here are the details you’ll need:

  • Course code: P500
  • Institution code: P63
  • Campus: London (L) or Manchester (M)

You can also apply for deferred entry at this point, if you’re looking to study with us next year in 2023.

Want to find out more? Read our guide to why you should apply to The School of Journalism here.