UCAS Clearing – no university offer?

So what doesSchool Entrance Tests recommend you do if you’ve no university offer. Did UCAS Clearing help?

Who can use UCAS Clearing?

On every A-Level results day, it is university applicants for the following Autumn term who either

  1. Have missed their firm choice,
  2. Now, have changed their mind,
  3. Have exceeded their predicted grades, or
  4. Were without a university offer.

What to do if you’ve no university offer

Key points from UCAS Clearing 2022

  • As expected there was less flexibility at the top end for the elite universities. This is because of the large number of university applicants who deferred their place last year because of ongoing Covid restrictions.
  • So, sometimes students will still have been given a 2022 university place even after narrowly missing out on their offer.
  • For example, Oxford agreed 267 applicants who had each missed their conditional offers in 2015/2016.
  • 3,000 fewer courses in clearing at Russell Group universities compared with 2019 data.

  • 20,360 students did not meet any university offer and were put into the 2022 UCAS clearing process.

What to do if you don’t get an offer from your first-choice university?

It can be quite disappointing if someone does not get an offer from their desired university. There’s

  • some alternatives that one can do at this point.
  • many other universities to apply to.
  •  little difference between the same courses being offered in different universities. It is important that everyone should be applying for jobs in different universities and also apply to different courses that will assist them in learning additional things.
    Most of the time, universities look for some additional skills among students. They can apply to the different courses from Ucas Extra or even from Clearing. There is another option that the students can do in the meantime, is to take the year free from applying to universities and think about what they want to do. During these moments, alternative career options can step in and the student might end up staying in a course that they might not have thought about studying before. There are different alternatives to a university as well.

Reasons why the university might have rejected the candidate

There can be multiple reasons why a university has rejected a candidate. It might be due to excessive competition where other candidates might have turned out to be better options. Furthermore, the person states that the student provided to the university was not impressive enough. The qualification that the student is taking up does not match the favoured subject mix. 

If the student gets too personal with the rejection, then it might affect them mentally so no applicant should take this as a personal blow towards them. Even if it’s not good news it is important to accept the situation with maturity.

What to do if universities do not offer the position to a candidate?

Option 1 -Accepting an offer from a different university:

If a student had their heart set on a particular institution, the rejection will hurt mentally and emotionally. It is essential to not get attached to a university by heart. Now that the candidate has considered the option of getting into a different university, it is essential to plan the next steps. Many universities in the UK arrange an open day for the candidates, where students can book a palace and head into the campus to get a feel about the accommodation, location, courses, etc. This visit will be distinct from the first one if someone has already applied there, as, with this visit, students will be getting a distinct view of the premises and can also have the chance to review the study material. Applicants will also have the opportunity to communicate with the current students and get to know about the course.

Pros of selecting a different university:

An alternative option can turn out to be more pleasant
The student will not have to go through the whole application process again


It is important to select the right university and not settle for just any university that they can find on the first go.

Option 2 – Selecting a different course at UCAS extra:

If someone does not get into their ideal college, it might be because their application does not look skilled enough. The student can always apply to UCAS extra by adding an extra certification to their name to make their application look more alluring. This might be in their targeted course or in some other area or subject altogether. There are options for getting joint honours as well. It is worth considering the fact why a student might be unsuccessful with their previous application and it also needs to be kept in mind they are applying for a particular course.

What to do if no university offer


A student will be able to understand a new course or a university
The student might also get a chance at applying to their dream college again


Once a student has declined the offer from a university, there is no going back. When a student is applying for an additional course, the scenario is more or less the same. They will not get getting any additional degree to their name if they are not completing the course. There are times when an applicant takes too long to understand if they have taken the right decision or not.

Option 3 – Finding a Course through Clearing:

If a student is not able to find the right course for themselves through UCAS Extra, then they can always try the same through Clearing. This is one of the best UCAS processes that goes live in the mid of July. The majority of places that are open for opportunities are in August as all the A-level results are published during that time. The situation can be a bit frantic specifically during the days of the results. If the students are more organized from the first stage, they will find the right course and also the right university that they will find satisfying.


With Extra, the courses at their preferred university will become available to them during clearing, even though they’re no guarantee for this part.
There is a very good chance that the students will be getting into a university that very same year.


The situation can be quite stressful as places on the course get filled up very quickly. Students will have to be extremely proactive to make sure that positions they are rooting for are not filled.
The students should be rushing into accepting the first place they find on the list. Every application needs to act swiftly but needs to make the right decision as well.
What to do without a university offer