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Clearing 2017 – FAQs

Register your interest and we’ll call you to discuss your options and the courses we have available – we may even be able to make you an offer over the phone.

And if you haven't even thought about going to university in 2017, relax – there's still time. Just fill in the form here and we'll call you within a few days.


Clearing tips and FAQs

Our Clearing tips will give you all the information you need for when you call us!

Have questions about Clearing?

These handy FAQs will tell you everything you need to know about the process. 

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I've applied to Sunderland as my first choice. When will I find out if I've got a place?

If you achieved your predicted grades, you will receive a confirmation letter from UCAS and a confirmation letter from the University of Sunderland, which will also tell you what you need to do next to enrol. Both letters should arrive on Thursday 17 August 2017.

If you have given us your mobile phone number, you will also receive a congratulatory text message from us on Thursday.

I have achieved better grades than I was predicted. How do I reject my first choice and apply to Sunderland?

If you exceed your grade prediction you can apply for another course and/or university through the UCAS Adjustment process. When your first choice university changes its offer from conditional firm (CF) to unconditional firm (UF) you will have five days to register with an alternative course. During this time you will still have your original UF offer.

What if I only miss my predicted grades by a few points?

If you have an offer of a place at Sunderland but you achieved slightly lower grades than you needed, we may be able to reconsider your application or offer you a place on a similar course. Call the helpline to talk to a Clearing advisor - 0191 515 3000.

What subjects are Sunderland offering through Clearing?

Places can be filled very quickly so you must call the helpline on 0191 515 3000 to discuss the subject you are interested in. UCAS will also list all courses in Clearing.

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Is it too late to apply for University accommodation for September 2017?

No, all of our first year students are guaranteed an accommodation place for 2017. Find out more about your accommodation options

What is the final date I can apply through Clearing? 

You can apply to the University up to the end of September, shortly after undergraduate courses begin.

Is there a charge for Clearing? 

If you are already in the UCAS system or Clearing, you will have already paid your fee to UCAS. If you are making a new application, there is no fee.

What time is the Clearing helpline open?

The Clearing helpline is open 7am – 7pm on Thursday 17 August and Friday 18 August, 10am – 2pm Saturday 19 August and Sunday 20 August, then from 9am – 5pm from Monday 21 August onwards.

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What should I do if the Clearing helpline is closed and I want to speak to someone asap?

Leave us a voicemail and someone will call you back when we are next open – usually the following morning. 

Can international students apply through Clearing?

Some international students can. This differs according to the country you are in. The enquire about Clearing, please contact your local office or get in touch with us directly on +44 (0)191 515 3000.