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It’s not too late to apply!

A limited number of places are still available on our undergraduate courses starting as late as October 2021. From fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, illustration, and animation — the world needs creatives now more than ever.

Did you know that every year around one in ten university and college places are found through Clearing?

In fact, whilst Clearing is often thought of as a second chance for students who didn’t quite receive the results they hoped for, it is also a practical route for last-minute applicants, those who took a year out, and those who have changed their minds about their original UCAS selection.

Complete our speedy pre-registration form by clicking the button above, and register your interest in applying to study with us through Clearing (takes just a couple of minutes to complete).

In 2020:

  • 73,320 students used Clearing
  • 28,030 students who had an offer released themselves into Clearing

  • A record 19,640 applied through Clearing, not having made an application earlier in the year.

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At Plymouth College of Art, we know there’s more to every Clearing applicant than their results on paper and we’ll work to find the best route for you. We’ll make sure you can talk to an academic about your work and your journey so far, and your ambitions for the future.

We’re also happy to talk to you in whatever way works best for you, whether that’s a phone call, messaging us on WhatsApp or coming in to see us on campus. If you’re interested in creative study starting this October get in touch and we’ll help you find the course that’s right for you.

To find out more or make an application please call +44 (0)1752 203402, WhatsApp us on 07722744184 or complete our Pre-Registration form.

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Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place. From 5 July – 15 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. Complete our Pre-Registration form and one of our advisors will get in touch to chat through your options.

Monday 5 July 2021

Clearing opens for those who already have their exam results or hold no offers for other universities/colleges.

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Clearing officially opens on results day

Friday 15 October 2021

Clearing closes

Our Clearing hotline is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm. Call our friendly Clearing team on +44 (0)1752 203402.

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.

Our Clearing Pre-Registration form will give us all the info we need to advise you on your next steps in applying through Clearing. This form will take just a couple of minutes to complete.