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Guide to applying

It's not too late to join UAL this September.

We have a limited number of places available on some undergraduate courses starting in September.

This guide provides tips on how to apply, as well as information on the Clearing and Adjustment process.

Look through our courses with places available and call us to discuss your options.

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So, what is your situation?

  • You haven’t yet applied to a university

    If you haven't yet applied to study at university this year, you can apply to one of our courses with places available through Clearing.

    Clearing is a service that helps students who don't have a place on a full-time higher education course to find one. You can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results.

  • You haven't got the results you expected

    If, on results day, you've not done quite as well as you'd hoped, and haven't been accepted onto your chosen course, you’ll be able to apply to other universities through Clearing.

    Clearing opens on Friday 5 July 2019. If you haven't secured a place, Clearing is an opportunity to find the right course for you. Not all courses will have vacancies so have a look at our courses with places available.

    You can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results.

  • You are holding an offer, but are considering studying at UAL instead

    Adjustment provides an opportunity for students who pass their exams with better results than expected, to reconsider where and what to study, while still holding their confirmed place. Adjustment is available from A level results day (15 August 2019), until 31 August. UAL considers applicants in Adjustment for any of our courses that are in Clearing.

Get in touch

Call our Clearing hotline

For courses at London College of Communication

Call us on 020 3944 6786

For courses at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon College of Arts

Call us on 020 3603 0697

Clearing hotline opening times

  • 8am — 7pm on Thursday 15 August
  • 8am — 6pm Friday 16 August
  • 10am — 2pm Saturday 17 August
  • 9am — 5pm on Monday 19 August to 29 August

If you're applying through Clearing and Adjustment

Painting by Ho Fei Chan. Image courtesy of UAL

Step 1. Choose your course

  • Clearing opens on 5 July 2019 but you can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results.
  • Browse our courses with places available for UK and EU applicants and click on the name of the course you’re interested in to find out more.

Step 2. Call us to discuss

  • Have your UCAS Personal ID number to hand.
  • Call the UAL Clearing Line from 8am on 15 August (A level results day).
  • For courses at London College of Communication, call us on +44(0)20 3944 6786
  • For courses at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon College of Arts, call us on +44(0)20 3603 0697.
  • Can’t get through? Please keep trying and we will endeavour to answer your call as quickly as possible. If you phone outside of our opening hours please leave a message with your name and telephone number so a UAL staff member can call you back.

Step 3. Apply

Dependent on the course that you are applying to, you may need to provide a portfolio, showreel or essay in support of your application. Check the course page for specific requirements. You should only provide documents once you have called the Clearing line to speak to us about your application.

Chloe D'Arcy, BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Wimbledon College of Arts © Alys Tomlinson
Chloe D'Arcy, BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Wimbledon College of Arts © Alys Tomlinson

Step 4. Update UCAS Track

  • If your application is successful and you’re offered a place you’ll need to add your course choice onto UCAS Track. We’ll let you know when to do this.
  • If you haven’t made a UCAS application this year but have been given a verbal offer through Clearing, you’ll need to register your details and make an application on the UCAS website.
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Step 5. Update your funding

  • If you have applied for funding from Student Finance England, Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI) or Student Finance Wales (SFW), you will need to inform them about your change of University and/or course.
  • Log into your online account and go to ‘Change your application’. You should do this as soon as your new course is confirmed.
  • If you have not yet applied for any funding, and you plan to do this, you should do so immediately.
  • Visit our Undergraduate funding page for more information.

Frequently asked questions

What exactly is Clearing?

Clearing is a service that helps students who don't have a place on a full-time higher education course to find one. If you haven’t secured a place, if you’ve changed your mind or perhaps you’ve not received the results you were hoping for, Clearing is an opportunity to find the right course for you.

When can I contact UAL to apply for a course in Clearing?

If you’re a Home/EU applicant, call the UAL Clearing Line which will be open from Thursday 15 August 2019 up until 30 August 2019. The number will be listed here closer to the time.

Where can I find information about courses that are available through Clearing?

There are up-to-date lists of all courses available on the UAL Clearing page. Details of all available places are also listed on the UCAS website.

How do I contact UCAS?

You can contact the UCAS Clearing Service by calling 0371 468 0 468. If you’re calling from outside the UK dial +44 330 3330 230. Opening hours can be found on the UCAS website.

What should I do if I have not applied through UCAS but would like to apply for an undergraduate course at UAL this year?

If you haven’t made a UCAS application this year but have been given a verbal offer through Clearing, you’ll need to register your details and make an application on the UCAS website.

I have achieved higher grades than I thought – what are my options now?

Each year, some applicants pass their exams with better results than expected, and may, therefore, exceed the conditions of their firm choice. Adjustment provides an opportunity for these applicants to reconsider where and what to study, while still holding their confirmed place. Applicants who register for Adjustment, but don’t find an alternative course, remain placed at their original firm choice.

UAL considers applicants in Adjustment for any of our courses that are in Clearing. Therefore if you feel that you qualify, please look at our available courses and ring our Clearing hotline on results day.

I have a confirmed place at another University but want to study at UAL. What are my options?

If you have an unconditional offer, you’ll need to be formally released from the institution you are holding an offer with before you apply to UAL. Many institutions will agree to do this, but you need to contact them directly to check.

If you’re holding a conditional offer you first need to contact the institution your offer is with to get advice on your options before contacting UAL.

I have a place at UAL but would like to change to a different UAL course. What are my options?

This might be possible dependent on the course you are currently holding an offer with and the course which you would like to swap to. If possible, you will only be able to swap to a course that is open for Clearing applications.

Contact clearing@arts.ac.uk with your UCAS Personal ID number and details about what you would like to do. We’ll get back in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your options.

My conditional offer has been rejected in UCAS Track as I have not met the grades or UCAS tariff points required. What are my options?

Unfortunately we will not reconsider the decision already made. Take a look at our list of courses with Clearing places to see if there's a different course at UAL you could apply for with your grades or level of UCAS tariff points. Alternatively visit the UCAS website to find courses elsewhere.

I currently live in the EU. What information do I need to know in relation to Brexit?

We have students from over 130 countries studying with us as part of our internationally-diverse community, with around 3,000 students from the EU making up 15% of the student body. If you’re an EU student, visit our ‘Brexit information to students’ page for updates and guidance.

What financial support might I be entitled to?

Our Student Advice and Funding Service provides prospective and current students with information and advice about funding options available to cover tuition fees, living costs and course costs. Take a look at our Student Fees and Funding pages for more details.

What happens once my place has been confirmed?

In the final stage you’ll receive information by email about enrolment and starting your course.

Take a look at our Enrolment page for useful information including enrolment terms and conditions, key dates, how to enrol online and attending an enrolment event.

What accommodation is available?

Take a look at our Accommodation pages to find out if we have rooms available in Halls of Residence and to get information and advice about finding a place to live whilst you study.

When does my course start?

The standard start date for undergraduate courses is Monday 23 September 2019, however this date may vary for some courses.

I am disabled, dyslexic or have another Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). How can UAL support me?

The UAL Disability Service can provide advice and support at any stage of the student journey, even before an application has been made. Find out more about how our UAL Disability Service can help you.