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Find out how to apply to the University of Essex through Clearing, by phone or using our online form.

How to apply

You can make a Clearing application to Essex in two ways:

  • using our online Essex Clearing application form
  • by telephone: 01206 873666

Check out our available courses and make sure you have your grades and UCAS number to hand when you get in touch.

Online form

Response times

Before 17 August

  • We aim to contact you within three working days,
    providing we have all the information we need to make a decision.

From 17 August

  • We aim to contact you within 24 hours.
    At weekends there may be delays of up to 48 hours but we'll attempt to have a decision on your application by midday on the following Monday.

If your department requires an interview as part of the application process, we will aim to contact you as soon as possible but please be aware that it may take a little longer.

Enquiries

If you have the necessary qualifications at the required level, we can take your Clearing enquiry over the phone and we may be able to offer you a place straight away.

If we're not able to make an immediate offer, your enquiry will be passed to an Undergraduate Admissions Selector and you will then receive a decision from us via email or by telephone. We may also email you if we need more information from you before we can make a final decision.

Response times

Before 17 August

  • We aim to contact you within three working days,
    providing we have complete information.

From 17 August

  • We aim to contact you within 24 hours.
    At weekends there may be delays of up to 48 hours but we'll attempt to have a decision on your application by midday on the following Monday.

If your department requires an interview as part of the application process, we will aim to contact you as soon as possible but please be aware that it may take a little longer.


Questions you may have

  • Before you contact us

    Clearing is the final opportunity for you to find a university place. The first thing to remember is to stay calm. Research alternative courses and check our course finder to see what’s open in Clearing. If you would like to make a Clearing application, call our Clearing hotline or complete our online Clearing application form.

    Holding an offer with another university

    If you’re reconsidering your options and you’re interested in studying at Essex, you’re welcome to contact us to find out if we’d be able to offer you a place on your chosen course. However, you won’t be able to make Essex your Clearing choice through UCAS while you’re holding an offer at another University.

    Previously declined an offer from us

    If you have previously declined an offer from us, you are still welcome to apply to us through Clearing. We will still have your original application and this can save time, so make sure you let us know that you applied to us earlier this year when you contact us.

    Not in UCAS

    Don’t worry, it’s not too late. When you contact us let us know you are not in UCAS. If we are able to offer you a place, we will let you know what you need to do.

    What happens when you call us

    When you first contact us you will go through to the Clearing Hotline where we will take basic details from you such as your UCAS personal ID (if you have one), your grades, and what course you’re interested in. If your grades meet our entry requirements in Clearing you might be made a verbal offer over the phone, but this is not possible for all courses and qualifications. If we’re not able to make you a verbal offer we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. For more information about our response times during Clearing, please see our application process and offers page.

    Make sure you check your emails, as this is how we’ll contact you to confirm a decision or if we need more information from you.

    Non-A-level applicants

    If you’ve taken qualifications other than A-levels, you are welcome to make a Clearing application to us. Please make sure you tell us the title of your qualification, your results, where it was taken and the year it was awarded. Admissions Selectors will then be able to make a decision on your application.

    Don’t worry about trying to ‘translate’ your qualification for us – just tell us exactly what it is and we will do the rest.

    Still waiting for GCSE results

    If you need your pending GCSE (or any other outstanding qualification) for entry to your chosen course, you can only apply once you have the results. We will then consider your application subject to vacancies. You’re welcome to call our Clearing hotline and check whether or not the GCSE you’re waiting for is required for the course you’d like to study at Essex. This information can also be found on our online course finder.

    Waiting for a remark/appeal

    Firstly, tell us what you have attained so far and we will see if this is already enough. If you need a different A-level result (or result from a different exam) to the one you have already, please apply once you have this. We will then consider your application subject to vacancies.

    Year abroad and placement years

    Placement year courses include a year in industry and year abroad courses include a year abroad studying at another university. In most cases this is in the 3rd year of the course; some of our courses with a foundation year have a year abroad in the 4th year.

    There is a list of countries where students can study on the Essex Abroad web pages.

    There is no tuition fee for the year abroad or placement year if you start your course in 2017.

    If you apply for a Year Abroad or Placement Year course but then change your mind, you may be able to change to the original version of the course, however this is not guaranteed. You should notify the Undergraduate Admissions team as soon as possible, and if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you may also need to contact the University of Essex International Services team for further advice to check whether a course change is possible.

    Interviews during Clearing

    Most of our courses don’t interview during Clearing. However, there are a few courses where an interview is a mandatory requirement for entry to the course, including Nursing, Social Work, English and French Law and Journalism. If you’ve applied for one of these courses and you’ve been shortlisted for interview, you’ll receive an email giving you details of this.

    Closing date of Clearing

    The closing date for Clearing will vary depending on the individual university and the individual course. At Essex, although it may be possible to still apply for some courses in Clearing in early September, we cannot guarantee that all courses will still be open, as availability of courses will be subject to vacancies. As some courses can fill up in August, our advice is to not leave it too late to contact us!

  • After you’ve contacted us

    If you have already made an application to us in Clearing, you may find this information helpful.

    Changing your course

    Please phone the Clearing Hotline and let us know that you have already made an application but now wish to change your course. It’s really helpful if you can have your Essex Clearing reference number ready when you call us - you can find this on the email you received when you first contacted us. You might be asked to put your request in writing, depending on the stage of your application. We will see if you are eligible for your new choice and confirm either way as soon as we can.

    Deadline to accept your Clearing offer

    There is no formal deadline but demand for places is high and we recommend you add Essex as your Clearing choice on UCAS asap, preferably within 24 hours. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will receive confirmation of your place and be able to apply for accommodation etc. UCAS Track opens for applicants to add Clearing choices on Thursday 17 August at 3pm

    Waiting for a decision on your application

    Your application might need to be considered by a number of people to ensure that the right decision is made. We will make these checks as soon as possible and be in touch. Make sure you check your emails, including your junk mail, as this is how we’ll contact you with a decision or if we need more information from you.

    Change of course offers

    If you have been made an offer for a different course, this is because we have not been able to offer you a place on the course you originally applied for. The course may be full or you may not be eligible. However, the good news is that we have been able to offer you an alternative course. You can use our online course finder to find out more about the alternative course you have been offered.

    Appealing a Clearing decision

    There is no right of appeal against selection decisions made by the University, including decisions made about re-admission. Complaints will normally be considered only where there is evidence of procedural irregularity. Please see read our policy on this (.pdf). If you have a complaint, please put this in writing in line with the ‘Complaints Policy for Applicants’.

Accepting your Essex offer

Through UCAS Track

To accept our offer, you must add Essex as your Clearing choice in UCAS Track.

  1. Log in to UCAS Track
  2. Find the 'add Clearing choice' button
  3. Enter Essex's institution code - E70
  4. Enter the four character course code shown in your confirmation email from us

Please don't add Essex as your Clearing choice until you've received our email confirming that we are making you a Clearing offer.

Not in UCAS?

If you're not already in UCAS, then don't worry, we'll let you know in your acceptance email how to accept your offer.

Confirmation of our decision

Once you've added Essex as your Clearing choice through UCAS Track, we'll receive a copy of your UCAS application electronically.

Your offer won’t be confirmed immediately – we need to check your details once we receive your application from UCAS, so please don’t be worried if your status doesn’t update for a few days. If we require any further information from you, we’ll be in contact by email.

Deadlines

As we only have a certain number of vacancies in Clearing, we may give you a deadline to accept the course offered to you. If you're given a deadline but don't respond in time, your place may be offered to someone else.

Changing your mind

If, at any point, you decide that you're no longer interested in studying at Essex it is important that you let us know immediately, so that we can offer your place to another applicant. Please email us at clearing@essex.ac.uk.

UCAS guidance

Any offer we make to you is subject to verification of the details you have given us once we receive your Clearing application through UCAS, including your examination grades.

Clearing Open Days

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Find out why Essex is your new home at a Clearing Open Days.
Colchester: 19 August.
Southend: 18 and 21 August.

Student finance

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Whether you've already applied for student finance or not, find out what you need to do next as a Clearing and Adjustment applicant.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Got your place at Essex? Make sure you apply for accommodation as soon as possible. We offer a range of accommodation options.

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Our welcome information provides important pre-arrival updates and everything you need to settle in to your new life at Essex.