Find your future
Use our course finder to search degree programmes available in Clearing based on your residency
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
23rd in the UK and 4th in Scotland
Complete University Guide 2022
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 six months of graduation
Destination of Leavers of HE Survey 2016/17
Five 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.
Don’t pick a subject you’re not going to enjoy. Choose something that interests 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! Our phones are really busy!
Flexible study options
Scottish degree programmes are designed to include four years of study. However, at Heriot-Watt University many students have the opportunity to complete their honours degree over three 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 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 12:00 (BST) on 24 August 2021) and you complete your degree in three years.
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, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, thanks to a foundation bursary you pay the same tuition fees as you would for a three year degree.
We Are Ready
We are here helping you stay safe, study safe, live safe and travel safe, whether you are joining us locally or from further afield.
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.
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.