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Clearing 2021 is now closed.

Clearing is now closed, but applications for studying with us in January 2022 and September 2022 are open. From fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, illustration, and animation — the world needs creatives now more than ever.

Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place.

From July to October, you can apply for one of our courses using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has vacant places. Clearing will open in July 2022, but you can complete our Pre-Registration form now if you want to make sure we've got your details.

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26 January 2022

Deadline for applications for 2022 study to be received.

25 February 2022

UCAS Extra opens

Start of June 2022

Pre-Registration for Clearing at Plymouth College of Art opens

1 July 2022

Plymouth College of Art Clearing opens

4 July 2022

UCAS Extra closes

5 July 2022

UCAS officially open Clearing

18 October 2022

Last date to apply to Plymouth College of Art through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (+44 (0)1752 203402) will be open again in July 2022. If you want to register before then, you can fill out our Pre-Registration form.

Clearing presents an opportunity for applicants who have missed their offer conditions, declined all offers or had a last-minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study. Clearing is open to many people, including students receiving results this summer, late applicants, and mature learners.

You are eligible to apply through Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June (If UCAS received your application after this date, they will not have sent it to any universities and colleges)
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or you’ve chosen not to accept any by the due date)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers (e.g you have not met a grade)
  • you've paid the multiple-choice application fee of £26
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track

If you are yet to make an application, apply online now via UCAS Apply. Don't forget you'll need a reference as well as your personal statement. UCAS applications received after the 30 June deadline, or students who miss their grade target, will be automatically entered into Clearing. Those who haven't yet applied to any universities can also apply through Clearing once they have their results. However, you'll need to have completed a UCAS application to use Clearing.

If you are already holding a university place but would like to apply to a course at Plymouth College of Art instead, you can now self-release into Clearing rather than wait for your original choice of university to release you. Self-release is available in UCAS Track from early July.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about your application or about starting a little later with us, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly Admissions team.

You can also start a live chat with our current students below and find out why they chose to study at Plymouth College of Art. Ask questions about course content, industry experience, student life, finding accommodation, the local area and their top tips for settling into your first year of studies.