University Centre St Helens
Your Guide to Clearing

What is Clearing?

Clearing is a final opportunity for you to secure a place on a degree, starting in September 2019.

You will be able to apply through Clearing if you:

  • Have results which are not quite as high as expected, meaning you do not meet the conditions of entry for either your firm or insurance choice
  • Have not made a UCAS application to study at a higher education institution this year
  • Have not received or have not accepted any offers
  • Do not have a firm or insurance choice place confirmed
  • Are looking to leave another university completely and transfer to University Centre St Helens

When does Clearing begin?

Clearing opens on Monday 1st July for those who already have exam results or hold no offers.

For everyone else, Clearing officially opens on A level results day, Thursday 15th August.

Clearing closes mid-September 2019.

As Clearing is now open, you can call the University Centre St Helens Admissions team, who will guide you through the process, helping you to submit your application for September 2019 entry. The Clearing hotline is available Monday to Thursday, 8.45am – 5.00pm and Friday 8.45am – 4.30pm, in the run up to A level results day with extra times after this date. For full details of our Clearing Hotline, visit our dedicated section.

For more information and advice on the Clearing process, please visit the official UCAS website.

Already applied through UCAS?

If you have already applied to study at university, using the UCAS process, you can check UCAS Track to see if you are eligible for Clearing. UCAS will not send you anything in the post to tell you if you are eligible, so it is important that you check online.

If you are eligible for Clearing, an 'Add Clearing Choice' button will appear on your ‘Track Choices' screen, allowing you to apply for a place at University Centre St Helens, using institution code S51.

Not yet applied through UCAS?

If you haven't applied to UCAS for a university place at all this year, you can call our Clearing hotline on 0800 027 1221 to secure your place.

Joining us from another university?

Are you enrolled at another university and thinking about studying for a degree at University Centre St Helens? If you would like to join us in September 2019, you can now apply to us, through the Clearing process, for a place on your chosen degree.

We find people join us from other universities for many reasons, for example, their circumstances may have changed, they have decided to study closer to home, they have decided to study a different subject, or they are struggling to cope at a large university.

If you are hoping to join us, call 0800 027 1221 and we will talk you through the process. If, after careful consideration, you feel that joining a degree at University Centre St Helens is in your best interests, depending on the course you have applied for, you could be invited to interview or, if you are applying to study a creative arts-based course, you may be asked to provide a portfolio of your work.

Why choose University Centre St Helens?

As a University Centre St Helens student, you will benefit from our small but expanding provision. Joining us provides access to smaller class sizes, significantly lower tuition fees and unrivalled access to some of the very best lecturers, all of whom make the difference to your success and satisfaction.

All of our degrees are validated by one of four leading universities, meaning you will have access to a range of facilities both here at University Centre St Helens and also at your validating institution. On campus in St Helens, you can find a dedicated study area, IT suite, quiet study spaces and Starbucks – a great place to relax before a lecture or study together as part of group work sessions.

We are also able to offer lower tuition fees than most larger universities, meaning there has never been a better time to stay local but go far. With degrees built on history but designed for the future, we are confident that University Centre St Helens will provide you with a degree that supports you in reaching your dream career.

What can I study?

We still have places available on all degrees starting this September, both full-time and part-time. To view the wide range of degrees offered at University Centre St Helens, please use our course search or take a look at the list below. If you like what you see, give our friendly team a call on the dedicated Clearing hotline number 0800 027 1221 for more advice and to secure your place.

Creative Arts

Social Sciences


Business and Management

Early Years Practice

Clearing Hotline Opening Times

  • Monday 1st July – Wednesday 14th August: 8.45am – 5.00pm (weekdays, except Friday, 4.30pm)
  • Thursday 15th August: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Friday 16th August: 8.00am – 4.30pm
  • Monday 19th August – Friday 20th September: 8.45am – 5.00pm (weekdays, except Friday, 4.30pm)

When you call us, you will need your UCAS Clearing Number (if you have one), which you will find in UCAS Track, and details of your BTEC, A Level, Access or other results.

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Fill in a few details and we’ll call you back as soon as possible. If you would like to speak to an Admissions Adviser straight away, call our Clearing hotline on 0800 027 1221.

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