Common Clearing Courses 2024

They say variety is the spice of life and if you’re going to be entered into the UCAS Clearing process then you’ll have plenty of course variety.

There are literally thousands of course vacancies available, so not only are you more likely to get a place at university, but you’ll have plenty of options to pick from.

In 2016, 41,000 courses were listed on the UCAS website as having vacancies during Clearing, so you definitely won’t be choosing from a small pool of courses.

Still confused about what the Clearing process is all about? We answer your questions in our Clearing FAQs.

Do all universities have Clearing vacancies?

Unfortunately not all universities will be entered for Clearing, so you shouldn’t expect that the university you’re interested in will definitely have course vacancies.

For example, Oxford, Cambridge, and other Russell Group universities don’t enter Clearing at all. This means if you don’t get in this year, you’ll need to be patient and try again next year.

Are all courses available through Clearing?

Sometimes a university won’t have every course available during Clearing because some courses are so popular they’ll fill them during the first round of applications.

If you want to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, or Dentistry don’t be surprised if you don’t see them in the listings as they are so popular they usually have waiting lists rather than vacancies.

» Find out where to look for UCAS Clearing course vacancies

So which courses are likely to be available during Clearing?

Communication and documentation

This category includes courses such as Journalism, PR, and Advertising. A variety of universities from across the country will have courses in this category entered for Clearing.

History and Philosophy

If you’re ready to do some deep thinking about the past or try to answer the question, “What is the meaning of life?” then you’ll be in luck during Clearing.


More and more students every year apply to study an Education related course at university, so be prepared for competition to be quite fierce.

Physical Sciences

If Bunsen burners are your thing then look for these courses in the vacancy listings. In recent years universities have been making more courses available due to an increase in demand.

Computer Sciences

In the digital age, is it any surprise that computer based courses are rapidly becoming more popular?


Law has always been a very popular course and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon, so make sure your application is the best it can be to beat your competition.


This course is practical as well as academic, so you’ll improve your chances of getting a job after graduation.

Art and Design

If you’re a creative type then you’ll have great range of options during Clearing from some amazing universities.