Confused about Clearing? Here are the answers to some common questions.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is another chance to find a place at university if:
  • you are applying after 30 June
  • you didn't receive any offers (or none you want to accept)
  • you didn't meet the conditions of your offer

What do I need to do to get a place through Clearing?

  1. Call our Clearing phone line on +44 (0)333 900 3050.
  2. Talk to one of our dedicated team about course availability and entry criteria.
  3. Depending on your qualifications and eligibility, you may receive a provisional offer.
  4. You will receive an email detailing your offer – we recommend you respond within 24 hours.
  5. If you decide to accept a place at Edinburgh Napier University, you will be able to refer yourself to us on UCAS Track.

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I didn’t receive any offers when I first applied to university. Can I apply again through Clearing?

Yes, you can use Clearing to find a place on a course as soon as you have your exam results. There may not be places available on the courses you originally applied to but other options are available.

Please be aware that entry criteria requirements will still apply. You can find more details of these on individual course pages.

I had a Conditional offer from Edinburgh Napier University but didn’t get the results I needed. Can I still get on the course I wanted?

Unfortunately, if your exam results haven’t met the conditions of your original offer, you will not be eligible to apply again for that course through Clearing.

However, you may be eligible for a similar course that is still accepting applications. Explore our Study Areas and check the live updates on our website.

I did better than I expected in my exams and now I want to consider other courses. Is Adjustment for me?

Adjustment is for applicants who have met and exceeded the conditions of their conditional firm (CF) choice.

Adjustment is available from 10 August to 31 August. Your individual Adjustment period starts either from 10 August or when your conditional firm (CF) choice changes to unconditional firm (UF) in UCAS, whichever is later. You then have a maximum of five calendar days to register and secure an alternative course or revert to your original choice.

If you have registered for Adjustment and are interested in studying at Edinburgh Napier University, contact our Admissions team directly for advice.

What do I do if I haven’t used UCAS before? Can I still apply for a place in Clearing?

If you didn’t apply to any colleges or universities before 30 June, you can still register with UCAS and find the course for you. You can also contact us directly for more information.

Once you have submitted an application, you will be assigned a Clearing number by UCAS. 

From 6 July, you will be able to search for Clearing course vacancies and start contacting colleges and universities to find a place.

I want to go to university from college. Is there a different Clearing process for me?

The Clearing process is the same, regardless of whether you are hoping to join Edinburgh Napier University from college or high school.

If you are eligible for Clearing once you receive the results from your final exams, get in touch and find out about course availability.

Bear in mind that if you are 21 or over, you will be applying as a mature student and may have adjusted entry requirements.

I want to return to education as a mature student. Should I go through Clearing?

If you are 21 or over, you will be considered a mature student. You can apply to university as normal through UCAS with an independent application (not via a school or college).

If applying after 30 June, you will automatically be entered into the Clearing process and can begin contacting universities from 5 July.

When can I call Edinburgh Napier University about Clearing places?

You can find the opening hours for our dedicated Clearing phone line here. This is set up to serve applicants over the exam results periods in the UK.

However, you can contact our Admissions team about Clearing vacancies during normal business hours from 5 July to 31 August.

What results do I need to get a place through Clearing?

Each course has Typical Entry Requirements for applicants which can be found on our individual course pages. However, depending on the school, subject and availability, courses may accept individuals with lower than originally required results through Clearing.

Edinburgh Napier University recognises a broad range of qualifications and is happy to accept applications from international students, HNC or HND holders, and those returning to learning after a break.

Widening Participation applicants are also eligible to receive offers with Adjusted Entry Requirements, which are listed on individual course pages.

I need a place to stay if I study at Edinburgh Napier University. Are there student accommodation options still available?

The deadline for guaranteed first-year accommodation is 3pm on 25 August. You must have received and accepted an offer from Edinburgh Napier University by this time in order to apply.

Please note that guaranteed accommodation is only available to students joining us from outside the EH postcode area. Those who currently live in Edinburgh but still want a place in one of our three student housing locations will be added to a waiting list and prioritised on a first come, first served basis.

If you miss the August deadline, there may still be vacancies available. Contact our Student Accommodation team to find out more.

Can I ask someone else to call on my behalf?

For data security reasons, we have to speak directly to you before offering you a place through Clearing.

We also want to get to know you a little and hear why you want to attend Edinburgh Napier University. The more you talk to our Clearing team, the more we can help you make the right choice.

However, your family or friends are able to talk to us about the Clearing process, available places and other general queries.