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    Heriot-Watt Priority Pass

    Awaiting your exam results in August? Sign up for the Heriot-Watt Clearing Priority Pass to skip the phone queues on results day and access exclusive benefits:

    - Get Clearing advice, by call or text,
      from our team before Results Day.
    - Get a dedicated phone number
       you can call (or have call you) on Results Day to be stress-free.
    - Book a one-on-one chat with an academic
       in the subject area you’re interested in.
    - Receive email updates with important dates, advice
       and information about studying at Heriot-Watt.

    Register now
    Foundation Degree

    Our Global College option

    Discover our pathways

    Are you worried about not getting the grades to get into university this year? Our Global College option is an alternative route to accessing your chosen degree and offers direct entry to second-year study across many of our undergraduate degrees.

    Discover our pathways
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    Your Edinburgh adventure starts here

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    What is clearing?

    Clearing is your opportunity to join us this September. It is a process designed to help you find an undergraduate or foundation course availability for the upcoming academic year with UCAS. You can use clearing if you didn't receive the results you wanted, or simply changed your mind about your chosen university course.

    Applications are now open and will close on 21 October 2024, but spaces are limited so we advise you apply as soon as you can to secure your place at Heriot-Watt.

    Read our guide to university clearing 2024.

    Reasons to choose Heriot-Watt University


    Top UK rankings

    We're one of the world's 250 top universities and 32nd in the UK in the QS World University Rankings.


    Graduate employability

    1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for graduate employability (Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023) and Heriot-Watt graduates earn an average salary of £28,000.


    Guaranteed Accommodation

    Stay in safe and secure housing on our beautiful parkland campus in Edinburgh within walking distance of teaching buildings, library and the Student Union. Apply by 23 August.


    Student facilities

    1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for the amount spent on student facilities (Complete University Guide, 2023).

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    Graduate Apprenticeships

    Have you finished school and are looking to kickstart your career and earn money? Are you interested in studying towards an honours degree while earning a full-time salary? A Graduate Apprenticeship could be the ideal solution for you to achieve a degree while also being in full-time employment.

    Graduate Apprenticeships

    Clearing advice

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    Frequently asked questions

    What courses are in Clearing?
    There’s a common misconception that clearing courses are the ones that cannot be filled, but this is certainly not the case. Clearing is designed to help students gain a university place by letting them know which courses have availability and which courses are the right suitability for them. The clearing process results in thousands of placements each year and ends in successful, positive outcomes.  
    The courses available are released on the 5 July 2024, once original applications have been processed. Students still awaiting results can apply after A-level and T-level results day on 15 August 2024.

    Can I go through clearing if I have an unconditional offer already?
    Yes. If you have changed your mind on what you want to study, you can still go through clearing to explore other course options. To enter clearing and make an application, you must decline your place if you have been accepted to a university already.

    Can I apply through clearing if I have missed the university application deadline?
    Yes, you can apply to university through clearing even if you have not completed an original application. To do this, you must use the application form via UCAS to enter the clearing pool. If you are interested in a particular course, you can contact us directly to discuss the entry requirements prior to making your application.