How does university Clearing work?
The university Clearing process runs from mid-July until mid-September. UCAS (the central organisation through which applications are processed) supplies exam results to universities and colleges so they can see whether students have achieved the necessary grades to get on their course. If students have missed out on the grades they need, they can use ‘Clearing’ to find another place.
Course vacancies are advertised on the UCAS website and in the national press from A-level results day in mid-August. After looking at vacancies, students should talk to the admissions staff at any university or college with places available on the courses they are interested in. The admissions staff will let students know whether they will be offered a Clearing place or not. Students can then apply for that place through the UCAS Track website.
Can I apply for an online degree course through Clearing?
As our online degree courses are completed on a part-time basis they are not listed on the UCAS Track website. If you are in Clearing and want to apply for one of our degree courses you should contact one of our University of Essex Online Admissions Advisers and, if you meet our entry requirements, apply directly by completing one of our online application forms.
Is student finance available if I study my degree course online?
Just like studying for a degree full-time on campus, if you are a UK or EU citizen and live in England you may be eligible for a government-backed student loan so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees for your online degree course up front. The loan will cover the full cost of your degree course and will only need to be repaid if you earn over £21,000. If you don’t qualify for a tuition fee loan, or choose not to apply for one, you can pay your tuition fees up front or each month over the duration of your course.
University of Essex Online entry requirements
We offer flexible entry requirements for all of our online degree courses that look at both academic and work-based experience.
As a minimum, we ask prospective students to have a level three qualification such as a full A-Level, an Advanced GNVQ, NVQ or other similar vocational qualification or an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship that includes vocational qualifications.
If you do not meet our academic requirements, you will need to show that you are working and have a minimum of one year of employment in an area relating to your chosen degree course.
Study online, graduate on campus
Upon successful completion of your degree course, you’ll receive a degree validated by the University of Essex and be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.