Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who wants to start a degree in 2020. Running from 6 July, you’ll be eligible for Clearing if:
you apply after 30 June
you are not holding any offers from universities or colleges you’ve applied to
your place is not confirmed after exam results are published
Clearing is also an opportunity for those who have missed their conditions or had a last-minute change of heart about the university or course they want to study. We have a limited number of places available for courses of creative study starting as late as November 2020, from fashion, film and fine art to graphic design, game arts, and animation. It’s your choice to make.
We’ll be welcoming back our undergraduate students from 5 October 2020. Following an intensive period of development, in consultation with students and practicing artists, Plymouth College of Art is preparing to launch its extended creative studio pedagogy, a hybrid of live online and on-campus creative practice within the physical environment of the college’s rich diversity of industry-standard studios and workshops. You can find out more about our plans on our dedicated page.
Supporting Late Arrivals
At Plymouth College of Art we are committed to excellence. We know that some students may start with us later than others and we have therefore designed a series of dedicated activities to support a smooth integration into our programmes. New undergraduate students are able to enrol with us up to a month after our advertised start date - please contact us if you need more information. We review all later starts on an individual case-by-case basis.
Our dedicated Student Experience and Retention Officer oversees all later starts and works in partnership with our Students’ Union and Admission team to ensure a positive and successful experience. This includes: supporting enrolment, helping with accommodation, timetabling, organising tours, and an introduction to our Students’ Union. They can also suggest great places to eat and the quickest way to find the sea, we’re pretty close!
Importantly, we know that the first few months of study are key to settling into a programme, meeting new people and integrating into the college, and we make sure that we support you in doing so. From the vibrant mix of events in our on-site gallery and independent cinema to the friendly faces of students hosting pop-up shops and exchanging ideas in our open-doors interdisciplinary workshops — Plymouth College of Art has an undeniable energy and atmosphere. We can’t wait for you to experience it in person soon.
As a creative community, we pride ourselves on ingenuity and with the combined input of our students, expert academics and highly-specialised technicians we are ideally placed to come up with innovative solutions to the shared challenges we face.
In the meantime, to get a feel for our state-of-the-art studios and workshops, you can take a 360 virtual tour on our website. Want to speak to a student? Start a conversation on Unibuddy and find out why our current students chose their degree with Plymouth College of Art.
Clearing is the process universities and colleges follow to match vacant spaces on their study programmes to people seeking a place. 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.
When does Clearing take place?
From Monday 6 July to 20 October (the same day International Baccalaureate (IB) results are published) until Tuesday 20 October 2020. However, some providers may offer places in late October at their discretion, so it’s best to check with the Admissions team.
Who can apply?
Clearing is open to many people, including students receiving results this summer, late applicants and mature learners. 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 places.
Clearing applicants must meet the following conditions:
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 if you’ve chosen not to accept any by the due date)
You didn’t mean the condition of your offers (e.g. you have not met a grade)
You’ve paid the multiple-choice application fee of £25
You’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track
What should I do to prepare for Results Day?
You can apply through Clearing once you receive your results, but remember - course vacancies fill up quickly. If you think you might not get the grades you are hoping for, it’s wise to prepare a back-up plan for results day. It’s important you find the right course and the right institution for you, so do some research and make sure you have all the personal information you’ll need to hand before making a phone call.
Do many applicants find a place through clearing?
Yes, in fact 60,000+ students secured a university or college place through Clearing in 2018! In the same year over a tenth of university acceptances were found through Clearing. 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.
Becoming a Clearing candidate might seem like a compromise at first but you’d be surprised how common it is. Once you start exploring the study routes available you’ll realise there are still plenty of options that suit your interests and long-term ambitions.
How does the Clearing application process work at Plymouth College of Art?
At Plymouth College of Art, we know there’s more to every Clearing applicant than their results on paper and making a phone call is an important step towards securing a place.
When you call our Clearing Hotline +44 (0)1752 203402, a member of our Admissions team will ask you about your qualifications and previous experience, and you can tell us about your long-term aspirations. It is also a good moment for you to find out if our college community is the right fit for you. From guaranteed accommodation in your first year to support services, student finance and the Students’ Union - we understand there’s more to your studies than the course itself, so ask us anything!
Follow the step-by-step below to ensure you're prepared for the phone call.
Make sure your phone is charged and try to find a quiet place to talk.
Have your UCAS Clearing number (if you have one) and results ready.
Think about what courses you’re interested in.
We’ll ask you to have some work ready to show us - think about how you can show this to us online.
Keep a pen and paper ready to note down the course code and your time slot for a meeting with one of our academics and for any questions you might have.
Based in the heart of a culturally thriving coastal city, our campus is a close-knit community of artists, designers and makers – kitted out with both the latest technologies in digital design and world-leading studios in traditional making. Find out more.
If you want to pursue a creative undergraduate degree but have limited experience of hands-on making, or lack the relevant academic qualifications, our Extended BA (Hons) Degree programme will prepare you to enter one of our BA (Hons) undergraduate programmes. Find out more here.
If you're just not too sure what to study have you considered our Foundation Diploma? It's an intensive, ten-month course that prepares you for degree study in the creative arts. Find out more here.
If you're contacting us about your Clearing application, there are a few things we'll need from you:
UCAS personal ID number, if you've already applied to us through UCAS.
Clearing number, which will be displayed in UCAS Track.
Your qualifications and the grades you achieved.
What we're looking for:
If you're energetic and inquisitive, with a flair for art, craft, design or digital - then we want to hear from you.
We're interested in seeing your work and hearing about your experience. Although many of our students achieve top grades, we don't just look at your results - we want to see your passion and your creativity.
Our Admissions Team can advise you on who we're looking for and talk you through your options. To talk to us and secure your place today call +44 (0)1752 203402 or email email@example.com.
It's your choice to make – let us help you make it.
Want to explore our campus? It's not too late - we're happy to arrange a discussion for you with one of our Subject Leaders. Contact us on +44 (0)1752 203402 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
We’re offering bookable tours if you want to come and see the campus, or you can join us and our academic staff for one of our digital drop-in sessions to ask any questions you may have. Read about our enhanced safety measures on campus here.
We can offer support with your UCAS application and you’ll be able to find the answers to any finance questions you may have. You can also find out about our accommodation options and how we can help to kickstart your creative journey.
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