Find your future
What is Clearing?
Every year, around 10% of students get into university through Clearing and it can help applicants without a place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses.
Adjustment gives students who have done better than expected a short time to reconsider where and what they study, while having the security of holding on to their unconditional firm offer.
UCAS self-release tool enables you to release yourself into Clearing in order to take up an offer from another university.
UCAS Clearing Plus tool allows you to be matched to appropriate course(s) at other universities that still have availability. This will show you where you can potentially secure your place at university.
Why choose Heriot-Watt?
Top UK Ranking
29th in UK, 5th in Scotland
Complete University Guide 2021
1st in Scotland
1st in Scotland for graduate salaries six months after graduation
Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation
Top 5 Clearing Tips
Don't Feel Bad
Don’t feel bad about Clearing! You’re not alone and can still get to where you want to be.
Explore your options
You’re going to hear from a lot of people. Make sure you properly explore all your options.
Research exactly what you’re being offered. Make sure the course is right for you.
Write results down
Have your results ready before you contact us. We want this process to be stress-free!
We’re waiting for your call, but stay calm if we don’t pick-up immediately.Our phones are really busy!
Flexible study options
Scottish degree programmes are designed to include 4 years of study, however at Heriot-Watt University many students have the opportunity to complete their Honours degree over 3 years.
Depending on your exam results, you have the option to start your degree in Year 1 or Year 2. You might want to check out how to apply as we also provide an application checklist which will help you through the process.
If you have a Year 2 offer from us and your results weren’t as good as you expected, don’t worry! If you meet entry requirements, you will automatically be considered for a Year 1 offer from us.
No retakes are required and, for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, thanks to a foundation bursary you pay the same tuition fees as you would for a three year degree.
If you have a Year 1 offer and your results were better than expected - well done! You could opt to start in Year 2 and accelerate your degree.
You will still be able to experience all the fun of being a fresher! Students who enter in Year 2 are also eligible for our accommodation guaranteed (remember to apply by midnight on 24 August 2020) and you complete your degree in three years.
Living on campus is a great way to meet others. We have a range of student accommodation conveniently located within easy reach of teaching facilities.
While you can’t visit us in person right now, use our virtual tours to explore our campuses and see our facilities.
Chat to a student
Want to hear from a current Heriot-Watt student? Use our Unibuddy service to chat to our friendly Student Ambassadors.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Funding your studies is an important consideration, which is why we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that you do not need to repay.
If you need to get in touch with Heriot-Watt, we have people to help you on the phone as soon as your results come out.
Eligibility: Our degree programmes available in Clearing 2020 are open to candidates in the following categories:
- Northern Ireland
- International applicants (outside of UK and EU)
Please note: Clearing 2020 is closed for British Sign Language and Combined Studies.
Our Clearing helpline phone number is +44 (0)131 322 3222
|Mon 6 July - 31 August 2020 (Mon to Fri)||09.00-17.00||Open for Clearing 2020|
|4 August 2020 (Tue)||08.00-17.00||Highers results day|
|13 August 2020 (Thu)||07.00-19.00||A-Level results day|
|14 August 2020 (Fri)||08.00-18.00||A-Levels|
|15 August 2020 (Sat)||10.00-16.00||A-Levels|
|17-31 August 2020 (Mon - Fri)||09.00-17.00||All enquiries|
Clearing can be a stressful time. So watch our video on handy tips to deal with Clearing from our own Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr Anna Sedda.