Clearing 2016: top UK universities with courses available

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Course availability is accurate as of the start of the Clearing process. You can browse the best universities in the UK here.

A-level results are released in the UK on Thursday 18 August and Scottish exam results are out on 9 August, but Ucas Clearing – the direct application route to university courses that still have available places – is already open.

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Any students who already have their exam results and do not have any Ucas offers for university courses can apply through clearing from July 2016, while students who do not make the grades for conditional offers can use clearing after A-level results are released.

There are more than 300 different universities and colleges offering places through clearing 2016. Most of the UK’s best universities – featured in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 – are advertising hundreds of available courses.

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The University of Edinburgh is the top university to offer places through clearing, but only for the graduate entry LLB law course.

King’s College London, ranked 27th in the world and within the top 10 universities in the UK, is currently listing 89 courses in clearing, ranging from biomedical engineering to film studies.

Many UK universities are offering courses across science, engineering, arts, humanities and social sciences.

The University of Leeds has most courses on offer at a single institution: 1,091 in total. Many courses at Leeds, and other universities, are joint honours degrees that combine more than one subject.

Availability changes quickly as places get snapped up, and students must communicate directly with the universities they are interested in to determine whether the university will accept them. Only once the student has an informal offer directly from the university can they add the clearing choice officially in the Ucas system.

The top five universities in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, do not offer any places through clearing this year. Another six universities featured in THE’s World University Rankings are not open to clearing applicants.

All the ranked universities open for clearing applications are listed below, accurate as of 27 July 2016.

Top UK universities in Ucas clearing 2016

Course availability is shown for students living in England. There may be some variation for students living in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the world as some universities advertise clearing places only under certain conditions.

To see full results for your current living situation, use the Ucas search tool.

UK Rank

World University Rank


Clearing availability 2016



University of Edinburgh

Law LLB (Graduate entry)



King’s College London

89 courses including biomedicial ingineering, classical & modern greek studies, computer science, film studies, french etc.



University of Manchester

278 courses, including accounting, history, Russian, economics and philosophy



University of Bristol

96 courses, including chemistry, music, psychology and veterinary nursing



Durham University

Pharmacy and Social Work postgrad



University of Glasgow

620 courses, including archaeology, classics, digital media and Statistics and business management



University of Exeter

224 courses, including anthropology, art history and German and Arabic



University of Sheffield

379 courses including artificial intelligence and computer science, speech anf language sciences, zoology and Russian with Japanese



Queen Mary University of London

203 courses including biology, economics and politics, english and film studies and german with business management



University of Southampton

329 courses including biochemistry, acoustical engineering, philosophy, ship science and Spanisha and history



University of Birmingham

8 courses: civil engineering with industrial experience, pharmacy, social work, education, education and history, education and sociology, liberal arts and sciences



Royal Holloway, University of London

242 courses including business and management, comparative literature and culture, human geography, and mathematics



Lancaster University

288 courses including advertising and marketing, biomedicine, linguistics, natural sciences and theatre and creative writing



University of York

186 courses including computer science, politics,  social policy and physics



University of Leeds

1091 courses including architectural engineering, biology, fine art, geography and philosophy and physics



University of Sussex

213 courses including american studies, criminology, economics, neuroscience and social work



University of East Anglia

184 courses includng american history, business economics, environmental sciences, international developments and translation, media and modern language



University of Liverpool

946 courses including architecture, communication and media, genetics and sociology and law



University of Reading

201 courses including agriculture, chemistry, law and nutrition and food science



University of Leicester

196 courses including aerospace engineering, economics, psychology, and management studies



University of Aberdeen

79 courses including anthropology, computing, divinity and sports and exercise science



Cardiff University

345 courses including ancient history, dental hygiene, electrical and electronic engineering, radiotherapy and oncology, religious and theological studies and Welsh



University of Dundee

226 courses including anatomical sciences, civil engineering, secondary education and textile design



St George’s, University of London

4 courses including healthcare science, biomedical science and paramedic science



Newcastle University

230 courses including biochemistry, computer science, international business management, history and classical studies



Queen’s University Belfast

208 courses including architecture, biological sciences, law and english and film studies



Birkbeck, University of London

70 courses including business psychology, computing/web technologies, french studies and geographyt



Royal Veterinary College

10 courses including applied biological research, wild animal biology and bioveterinary sciences



University of Surrey

246 courses including actor musician, chemical and petroleum engineering, international tourism management and mathematics with statistics



Aberystwyth University

310 courses including adventure tourism management, international politics, creative writing and fine art and space science and robotics



Bangor University

457 courses including applied terretrial and marine ecology, product design, sociology and chinese and french



University of Essex

430 courses including banking and finance, english literature, modern languages and computers with electronics.



University of Kent

409 courses including anthropology, digital arts, event and experience design and social anthropology



Plymouth University

272 courses including 3D design, acting, environmental science and financial economics



Loughborough University

268 courses including automotive engineering, business psychology, physics and textiles: innovation and design



University of Stirling

183 courses including animal biology, english studies, french, economics and finance and global cinema



Swansea University

333 courses including ancient and medieval history, biology, german and war and society



Aston University

147 courses including communications engineering, logistics with transport management, business and management and international relations and social policy



Bournemouth University

90 courses including archaeology, business information technology, environmental science and media production



Brunel University London

205 courses including anthropology, english, games design and law



City University London

83 courses including civil engineering, financial economics, law and journalism



Heriot-Watt University

154 courses including brewing and distilling, computer systems, construction project management and accountancy and business law



University of Hull

447 courses including american studies, biomedical engineering, computer science, english and mathematics



Keele University

255 courses including computer science, education, english, forensic science and business management



Oxford Brookes University

268 courses including animal conservation, international relations, japanese studies, mathematics and law



University of Portsmouth

351 courses including animation, civil engineering, creative and media writing, german studies and hospitality management



University of Strathclyde

292 courses including art and design, music, physics and speech and language pathology



Ulster University

11 courses including biology, business studies and pharmacy



De Montfort University

183 courses including advertising  and marketing communications, education studies, forensic science and graphic design



University of Hertfordshire

917 courses including architecture, commercial law, electrical and electronic engineering and illustration



Liverpool John Moores University

233 courses including animal behaviour, computer studies, events management and history of art



Manchester Metropolitan University

660 courses including abuse studies, creative writing, economics, fashion design and technology and human resource management



University of Bradford

126 courses including accounting and finance, chemical engineering, development and peace studies, economics and healthcare science



University of Brighton

266 courses including computer science, designer maker, fine art scultpure, health studies and mechanical engineering



University of Central Lancashire

590 courses including advertising, business studies, civil engineering and economics



Coventry University

307 courses including biomedical science, construction management, early childhood development and learning, electrical and electronic engineering and geography



Glasgow Caledonian University

111 courses including 3D animation and visualisation, computer games, digital security, food biosience and international business



University of Greenwich

389 courses including business, civil engineering, drama, economics and forensic science



University of Huddersfield

302 courses found including broadcast journalism, computing, energy engineering and music



Kingston University

387 courses including aviation studies, biochemistry, creative technology, environmental science and international law



University of Lincoln

134 courses including architecture, chemistry, events management, history and mathematics



Middlesex University

260 courses including business management, computer networks, dance studies, financial services and healthcare science



Northumbria University

324 courses including physical geography, real estate, mathematics, drama and electrical and electronic engineering



Nottingham Trent University

318 courses including coaching and sport science, german and philosophy, international business and biomedical sciences



University of Salford

187 courses including building surveying, criminology and sociology, mechanical engineering, construction project management and fashion



Sheffield Hallam University

249 courses including english literature, games design, international business and aerospace engineering



University of the West of England

288 courses including accounting and finance, geography, interior architecture, creative product design and commercial law



University of Westminster

183 courses including business economics, herbal medicine, graphic communication design, international relations and arabic and linguistics

Lines will be open from:The Ucas exam helpline is open on results day for free advice on your options:

  • 9 August – for students in Scotland
  • 18 August – for students in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland 

Telephone – 0808 100 8000

See a full list of all the best UK universities offering places through Ucas clearing before and after A-level results day
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