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What is Clearing and Adjustment?

Clearing is an application service available between July and September for applicants who have received their exam results.

Every year, around 10% of students get into university through Clearing and it can help applicants without a place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses. Further information can be found on the UCAS Clearing web page.  

Adjustment gives students who have done better than expected a short time to reconsider where and what they study, while having the security of holding on to their unconditional firm offer. In order to become eligible, you must have met and exceeded the conditions of your firm offer. It is entirely optional and many competitive courses will be full, but it is worth seeing what’s available. Further information can be found on the UCAS Adjustment web page.

Why choose Heriot-Watt?

Top 35

Top UK Ranking

Top 35 in the UK out of 121 universities

Complete University Guide 2020

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Graduate Salaries

1st in Scotland for graduate salaries six months after graduation

Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

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95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation

Flexible study options

Scottish degree programmes are designed to include 4 years of study, however at Heriot-Watt University many students have the opportunity to complete their Honours degree over 3 years.

Depending on your exam results, you have the option to start your degree in Year 1 or Year 2. You might want to check out how to apply as we also provide an application checklist which will help you through the process.

Year 1

If you have a Year 2 offer from us and your results weren’t as good as you expected, don’t worry! If you meet entry requirements, you will automatically be considered for a Year 1 offer from us.

No retakes are required and, for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, thanks to a foundation bursary you pay the same tuition fees as you would for a three year degree.

Year 2

If you have a Year 1 offer and your results were better than expected - well done! You could opt to start in Year 2 and accelerate your degree.

You will still be able to experience all the fun of being a fresher! Students who enter in Year 2 are also eligible for our accommodation guaranteed (remember to apply by midnight on 25 August 2019) and you complete your degree in three years.

Contact Us

If you need to get in touch with Heriot-Watt, we have people to help you on the phone as soon as your results come out.

Our Clearing helpline phone number is +44 (0)131 322 3222

Contact availability and key dates
Date Times Event
9 July 2019 09.00-17.00 Open for Clearing 2019
6 August 2019 08.00-17.00 Highers
7 August 2019 09.00-17.00 Highers
15 August 2019 07.00-19.00 A-Levels
16 August 2019 08.00-18.00 A-Levels
17 August 2019 10.00-16.00 A-Levels
18 August 2019 10.00-14.00 A-Levels
19-23 August 2019 09.00-17.00 All enquiries (including accommodation and campus tours)

Clearing advice

Clearing can be a stressful time. So watch our video on handy tips to deal with Clearing from our own Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr Anna Sedda.