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Clearing FAQs


At USW, we want to make finding a course through clearing as easy and straight forward as possible. We've put together some frequently asked questions and their answers to help during this time.

Below, we have covered everything from what clearing is and how to apply for accommodation, to alternative offers and how to apply

Whatever your query, we're here to help so if you can't find the answer to your question below, get in touch with us by contacting us or chatting through live chat.

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You are eligible to apply for a university or college course through Clearing if you fit into one of the following scenarios:

  • You didn’t receive offers from any of your choices of universities or colleges
  • You submitted your UCAS application after 30 June
  • You failed to meet the entry requirements of your firm and/or insurance choices 
  • You received offers from at least one of your five choices, but you do not want to take up any of the offers made to you
  • You haven’t applied to any Universities or Colleges this year


If you refer your UCAS application to us, we try to give you an answer on the same day where possible. 

Applications can take longer if we need to wait for information such as qualifications, criminal conviction information, fee assessments, and whether or not your course requires an interview.


UCAS Clearing is open between the beginning of July and end of September. 

During this time, if you are eligible, you can apply for a course through Clearing.


You can use USW's Clearing course search tool to find the courses we have available through Clearing. 

Alternatively, you could give us a call on 03455 76 06 06 if you're ready to apply and want some more information or to discuss your options.


  1. Add USW as a Clearing choice on UCAS Track, using the University Institution Code (W01) and Course Code as shown in your offer email. 

  2. If we have asked for proof of qualifications and a reference*, please email these to for verification. Once these have been verified as meeting the entry criteria, we will be able to confirm your place. *Reference required for Nursing, Teaching and Social Work Applications only.

  3. If you need somewhere to live and have confirmed your place, contact our accommodation team.

  4. Get in touch with The Student Loan Company to organise your finances. 

  5. Finally, contact our Student Money team with any money queries. 
You'll shortly receive information about enrolling online and details of where and when you need to arrive for Welcome Week.

Complete the Late Application Form by following the link in your offer email. 

Send us copies of your qualifications and your reference*.
Once these have been verified as meeting the entry criteria, we will be able to confirm your place. 

Once you have a confirmed place with us, contact our accommodation team if you need somewhere to live.

Get in touch with The Student Loan Company to organise your finances.

You'll shortly receive information about enrolling online and details of where and when you need to arrive for Welcome Week.

*Reference required for Nursing, Teaching and Social Work Applications only.


Applicants who have firmly accepted a place on a full-time course of study at USW will be sent an email to apply for accommodation. This will contain a username and password and a link to our Accommodation portal. 

If you have not received this or would like to speak to one of our Accommodation Services Team, please contact us as soon as possible.

After you submit your application we will be in touch to provide you with a room assignment date, which is when you will be able to log in and complete your room selection for September. 


If you are offered a Clearing place at USW but you haven't yet applied for student finance, you need to apply now at

It takes at least six weeks to process your application, but their initial assessment lets you have some money as close to the start of your course as possible.

If there are any changes to your application due to the clearing process, you'll need to tell them immediately to limit any delays in receiving your money. You can do that, here.

For further information please contact the USW Student Money Advice Team.


If you applied to us in the normal UCAS application cycle and have been made an alternative / changed course offer on UCAS Track for any of the above types of courses and would like to accept this offer, you need to log into your UCAS Track and accept the change of course.  

You may have a time limit in which to do this and your UCAS Track will confirm this for you.

To guarantee your place and accommodation you should accept as soon as possible.

If you have been made an offer to study on one of the above courses through Clearing, then you will receive an offer e-mail explaining your next steps.

Alternative Offers

If you miss out on the grades for one of our degree course, our Cert HE, or our 'supported first year' courses are the next best thing. You will study the same modules and attend the same classes as a student on the standard degree course, but you will also attend additional classes that will help to improve your study skills and get you back on track. 

If you pass the supported first year, you can then go on to join your fellow students on the standard degree course and progress as normal.

Don't worry - there will be other people in the same situation as you and the fees are exactly the same as the degree.  Find out more about our Cert HE courses, including details of accommodation and finance factors that you need to consider.

HNDs combine study with practical experience. They usually include work placements or work-related experience and you can complete the course in two years. HNDs are offered in Engineering and Business. 

It is a valuable qualification in its own right that can often lead to further study. Many students take this opportunity to progress to the final year of a degree course after successfully completing their HND.

Foundation degrees combine work-based learning and academic study. At least a quarter of your time will be in the workplace, learning skills valued by an employer. Entry qualifications are varied and we will take into account any relevant skills and experience you have already. 

It takes three years to complete a foundation degree part-time, where you can use your work experience as part of your degree, or just two years for full-time study.

Depending on the subjects you study, you will gain an FDA (Arts) or an FDSc (Science). 

On completion, you could have the opportunity to “top-up” to an honours degree. Please note some STEM courses require a two-year top-up rather than one.

We offer 4 year degree programmes with an integrated Foundation Year in a number of subject areas for applicants who do not meet the entry criteria to go directly onto a degree course at the University of South Wales.