Clearing FAQs



Clearing can be a confusing and stressful time of year f​or students (and parents!), especially if something doesn't quite go to plan with exam results. Below we have answered a number of frequ​ently asked questions we get from students each year.

H​owever if you have any further questions, you can call us on 0300 330 0755, e-mail or tweet us @CMetAdmissions​.​

You can also visit the UCAS website for further information about the Clearing process.

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Q1. What is Clearing?

Clearing is a period of time after the UCAS application deadline passes when universities fill vacancies on a range of different courses. This year, Clearing will run between July and September.

Clearing is the perfect opportunity for students who may not have met the conditions for entry for their firm and insurance universities, or perhaps did not apply during the UCAS application period.

Q2. Is it too late to apply?

No, it’s not too late! Here at Cardiff Met, we’ll be offering course places (subject to availability) up until the end of September 2017. So don’t delay, get in touch. You don't have to wait for your exam results!

Advice Line Tel: 0300 330 0755
Twitter: @CMetAdmissions

Q3. What questions will you ask me when I call?

You will need to have your personal details ready (name, contact details etc) and also your UCAS Personal ID number. We will also ask you about your exam results (A-levels, BTECs or equivalents) and in some cases what GCSE results you have, to determine whether we can offer you a place based on the academic requirements of the course. In most cases we are able to offer you a place over the phone with this information.

We may also ask why you are interested in the course you wish to apply for, but this will just be a friendly, informal chat. If a formal interview is required you will be informed of this when you make your enquiry and then given a decision during, or shortly after, the interview.

Once you have been made an offer, you will then be asked to make an application using UCAS Track. Our advise​rs will tell how and when you can do this over the phone.​

Q4. I've already applied to Cardiff Met but my place is still Conditional, what do I do?

If you have logged on to UCAS Track and seen that your place is still conditional, it is likely that we are either still considering your application based on your results, or we haven't received your results yet.

To check if there's anything we need from you, or if you have any queries, please call our advice line on 0300 330 0755.

Q5. I’ve done better than I expected and I haven’t yet applied for a course at Cardiff Met. What are my options?

Congratulations on your exam results.

If you've met and exceeded conditions for your firm choice, you might be thinking about looking for an alternative course.

You might be happy where you are, but with the UCAS Adjustment service it's possible you could swap where you're studying. So if you're curious check out our full list of vacancies and get in touch:

Advice Line Tel: 0300 330 0755
Twitter: @CMetAdmissions

For more information on the Adjustment process please see UCAS Adjustment.

Q6. What if I didn't get the grades/results I needed?

Don't worry, there's a chance you will still get your place. Contact our advice line team to talk through your options and to see if we can still offer you a place.

If not, there may be an alternative course we can offer you, suc​h as a foundation degree, that will allow you to progress to the degree programme you want upon successful completion.​

Q7. If I'm applying through Clearing, Can I come to an Open Day before I start my course?

Yes we have two dedicated Clearing Open Days that will take place on:

Saturday 19th August 2017.
Sunday 20th August 2017.​
Tuesday 22nd August, 2017.

10am – 4pm
Llandaff & Cyncoed Campuses.

Please click here to find out more, or contact us on 029 2041 6042 or email

Q8. I’ve been offered a place on a Clearing course at Cardiff Met, what do I do next?

If you are made an offer over our Advice Line during Clearing you will receive an email from us to confirming your place on the course discussed. If your course is dependent on an Enhanced DBS Check and/or Occupational Health check, you will also receive a letter to confirm your offer with the relevant forms for completion.​

Add your Clearing Choice with UCAS​
Visit UCAS TRACK and add Cardiff Met (C20) as your Clearing Choice so that an acceptance can be entered. 

If applying on results day, you won't be able to add a choice until after 3pm on August 17th and you will need to email proof of your qualifications to before we can accept you.

Once accepted you will be sent confirmation from UCAS and a receive your 'New Student Joining Information' via post and email from the University. Please note, that once you add Cardiff Met as your Clearing Choice on UCAS you can no longer be considered by another institution.

New Students joining us in September 2017
You’ll find all of the information you need for your first few weeks with us at We will also be emailing you important information prior to your start date so keep checking your emails. Please note that information will be available from the end of July 2017.

​Apply for a place in halls
It’s not too late to apply for accommodation through the Cardiff Met Accommodation Service. Simply contact the Accommodation Team on: 
Tel: 029 2041 6188 / 6189

Visit the Students' Union website​
Make sure you sign up to the Students' Union website to find ​out everything that's taking place during Freshers week.

Q9. How do I know I'm making the right decision, and the course offered to me is the right one?

The most important thing to do is take your time and assess all your options! Many universities, such as ours, host Clearing Open Days for you to come and explore the campus, city and speak with current stud​​ents and academic staff. Just like a regular Open Day, it will help you make a decision that's best for you.

If you have any questions, tweet us @CMetAdmissions​ and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Q10. What about money, fees and funding?

Tuition fees at Cardiff Met for 2017/2018 have been set at £9000 for full-time undergraduate students. For further information about tuition fees and student finance please visit

For more information and to download the relevant forms for student loans, logon to the following websites:

Students from:
Northern Ireland:
EU Countries:

Q11. Will I still be able to live in halls?

To apply for a place in halls, all Clearing applicants must submit an online Halls Application form. Please note, you will require your Cardiff Met ID or UCAS Personal ID in order to be able to access the online application form. Clearing Halls Applications will then be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified via email.​ if you have any questions, please call the accommodation team on 029 2041 6188.​

Can’t find your clearing question above? Feel free to contact us on the Clearing Advice Line Tel: 0300 330 0755, email:​​​​​​ or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.