Everything you need to know about Clearing

By understanding the process of Clearing, you increase your chances of finding a course that is right for you. Approximately 10% of all students who go to university each year find their courses through Clearing.
What is Clearing?
Clearing is a way for universities to fill places they have left over ahead of the new academic year. For students who are not holding any offers, this is their opportunity to find a university place.
When is Clearing?
Clearing commences on A level results day (Thursday 14th August) and continues until 20th September 2014. You can only apply through Clearing once you have received your exam results. If you are an A level applicant, you cannot add Clearing choices to UCAS Track before 5pm on results day. If you already know your results and know that you’re in Clearing, you can contact universities to get invitations to add them as a Clearing choice for when the option appears in Track.
Who is eligible for Clearing?
You are eligible for Clearing if you;

Applied before June 30th and do not hold any offers
Applied before June 30th and declined your offers
Have failed to meet the conditions of your firm or insurance offer and have subsequently been declined
Have applied after June 30th. Applications received after this date automatically qualify for Clearing

For more information on Clearing
The Student Room
The Telegraph
The Guardian