Finding a Sports Science Course through Clearing


Clearing 2023 will officially open on A Level results day – 17th August 2023 – and across the country, students will be given a second chance to get into the university of their dreams.

In case you’ve been living under a rock during your time at college, Clearing is the UCAS process of matching students without university places to universities with course vacancies.

You’ll be automatically entered for Clearing if:

  • You applied for university after 30th June 2023
  • You haven’t applied for any universities by A Level results day
  • You weren’t made any offers from the universities you applied to
  • You haven’t met the requirements of the offer you were made

If you think you’ve been entered into Clearing you can log in to your UCAS account and check your Track page for confirmation.

Concerned about Clearing? Don’t be! There’s no better place than Apply to Uni for Clearing advice, top tips, and the all-important Clearing 2023 dates that will make sure you’re successful during Clearing.

How to find Sports Science course vacancies

Finding a course vacancy isn’t difficult because there are really only three ways you can find out which universities have vacancies.

Firstly, the UCAS website has a full list of course vacancies and almost real-time updates so you’ll only see vacancies for courses that are still open. You’ll need to use UCAS Track to enter your Clearing choice so make sure you can access the internet on A Level results day.

Secondly, you can purchase a copy of The Telegraph newspaper on A Level results day. They are the only newspaper in the UK to publish a full list of course vacancies, as well as important phone numbers and Clearing advice.

Lastly, if there is a particular course you’re interested in, you can phone the university directly to ask about vacancies. Many top universities know that they’ll fill vacancies without needing to advertise so don’t despair if you don’t see the university you want on the vacancies list.

Check out this article to make sure you say the right thing when you pick up the phone and call universities.

Applying for Sports Science

In recent years courses such as Sports Science have become increasingly popular with people wanting to combine their passion for physical activity and the science behind it.

This means that universities usually have an overwhelming level of interest in their courses and many have to run waitlists before the application deadline comes around.

However, the University of Essex, Bangor University, and Swansea University have all advertised Sports Science course vacancies through Clearing in previous years.

In 2014 19,540 applicants found university places for courses related to Physical Sciences (including Sports Science) so don’t panic about there not being enough vacancies available.

Alternatives to Sports Science

Keeping an open mind and considering slightly different courses is the best way to be successful during Clearing.

You might want to consider a course such as Sports Science and Physiology or Sports Science and Psychology to increase your chances of getting a university place.