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What happens next?

Clearing next steps

We’re now closed for Clearing and Adjustment. You can find all the details and helpful information about what to do next below. BU and you. A match made in Clearing. 

Still making your mind up? Take a look at our students’ stories about Clearing to find out how they’ve gone on to enjoy great experiences and broaden their horizons at BU.

1. Read your offer email

It’s really important that you carefully read your offer email, everything enclosed with it and your notification from UCAS. Once you’ve done that, you can refer yourself in UCAS Track.

Refer yourself in UCAS Track

Your offer email will typically include information about tuition fees and other costs associated with studying at university, important information about our student agreement and policies and your next steps to accepting your offer. We’ve also produced handy next steps guides for full Bachelors degrees (pdf 791kb), Top-up degrees (pdf 800kb) and the BA (Hons) International Business & Management (online) (pdf 509kb).

Non-EU applicants

You may require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK. We will issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to support your visa application when you have met all the conditions of your offer, and have accepted BU as your first choice.

Who to contact

If you have a question:

  • About your offer – contact us on 01202 962 699 or get in touch using the details on your offer letter
  • About appealing a decision or making a complaint – contact our appeals team or our complaints team
  • About anything else – contact our Future Students Enquiry Team who are always happy to help.

2. Add BU as your Clearing choice

You’ve received your offer email, but you still need to add BU as your Clearing choice on UCAS Track within 24 hours. You can do this by selecting the ‘Add a clearing choice’ button and using the course and institution codes for BU. We’ll confirm and then your offer and your status will appear as Unconditional Firm with Bournemouth University. This doesn’t always happen immediately, but don’t worry – your offer will still stand.

Refer yourself in UCAS Track 

3. Finalise your university funding

Tuition fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and other government funding

You may have changed your university choice through Clearing and Adjustment, or you might be a new applicant to Higher Education. You can update your details with Student Finance England, as well as make a new application for funding if you need to. Don’t forget to give ‘consent to share’ your financial information so we can check your eligibility for our BU Maintenance Bursary. Our fees and funding section will give you lots more information about what you may be eligible to receive.

Scholarships and Bursaries from BU are still available

The great news for Clearing and Adjustment students is that there’s lots of funding still available from BU. If you have achieved AAA at A-level, or triple Distinction at BTEC level (or other equivalents), you will be eligible for our Academic Excellence Scholarship of £1,500 (UK/EU students) and £2,500 (international students) (terms and conditions apply). We also have a Maintenance Bursary of up to £3,500 and a Care Leavers Bursary. We’ll automatically assess your eligibility for these, so long as you have given consent to share your information on your student finance application.

4. Explore your accommodation options

You need to accept your Clearing offer on UCAS Track by selecting 'Add Clearing choice'. Once your offer status has changed to Unconditional Firm on UCAS Track (this may take a few hours), you will be emailed with details of when you can complete our two stage booking process:

Stage 1 - registering and completing an online profile.

Stage 2 - booking your room. You'll be invited to complete your room booking shorlty after Stage 1. If you'd like to be fast-tracked to complete Stage 2, please call the accommodation helpline on +44 (0)1202 962 888

You can find all the essential information about what to do on our how to book accommodation pages.

6. Get ready for the start of term

Once your place at BU has been confirmed (when you’ve met the conditions of your offer), there are a few other things to think about ahead of the start of term:

  • Read up on our living expenses information to make sure you’re financially prepared for the start of term
  • Take your time to read the BU Student Agreement – it outlines key rules and regulations that you should be aware of before you arrive
  • Find out more about arriving at BU – from our facilities, to our support mechanisms and fantastic Students' Union
  • We’ll send you a Welcome Pack with lots of useful information to help you get ready for the start of term and to help you plan out your first couple of weeks with us.