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Applying with confidence

Clearing can be an anxious time. That’s why we’ve compiled our top tips and clearing advice, plus real stories from students and parents who’ve been in your position before.


My 2020 clearing experience

Watch Jack talk about his 2020 application experience and hear his clearing advice for this year's students.

I went to uni after working

Simbarashe made a late application after a year in employment, and went from clearing to studying in just two weeks.

Applying was really easy

Zana joined Sheffield Hallam through clearing after a change of heart about going to university.

Our clearing advice for 2021

Don’t panic

Remember, the right course is out there for you. Stay level-headed, calmly assess your needs and don’t rush into making a decision. Be prepared

Do your research.

Make a list of which courses and universities you would like to apply for. And ensure you have all the contact details and personal information to hand when clearing opens (Thursday, 1 July).

Personal information

When you ring up, you’ll need a full list of your results, plus your GCSE grades. It’s also good to have your UCAS Personal ID number if you're registered with UCAS or your Sheffield Hallam student ID. This is an 8-digit number you can find on emails or letters sent by our admissions team.

Talk to the right people

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Listen to your family, your friends and your teachers. And make sure that you ask plenty of questions when you call our friendly clearing advisers. We’re always happy to help!

Don’t wait around

When clearing opens, many courses may begin to fill up. To get the course you want, make sure you call early. Have a plan, set your alarm and pick up the phone.

Sell yourself

You may not have the results you wanted but stay positive. Make a list of all your qualifications, think about what you can offer and explain why you want to enrol on the course. Universities are looking to fill places and will consider you on other merits.

Keep an open mind

Don’t be afraid to have a plan B. Things might not work out exactly as you planned, but there could be another course out there with your name in it. Consider what compromises you’re willing to make and be happy with your final decision.

Support and advice

Clearing SHU Progress

SHU Progress Scheme

Find out how SHU Progress can help applicants who face barriers to going to university. 

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Advice for parents

Watch parent Nicola explain her tips on how to help your child through clearing.

Parent advice

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We're open for applications – and you don't need your results to get started. Call us on 0330 024 6390, or apply online below.

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