Kent Clearing Team

Kent advice for Clearing and Adjustment

The University has had a strong student recruitment round this year with fewer places available in Clearing than in 2016. Despite economic and political uncertainties, students are continuing to see the value and benefit of studying at a top-ranked university such as Kent.

For prospective students whose A level results are different to those anticipated, there is a dedicated team on hand to answer enquiries. Help and advice can be accessed online at or via the Clearing hotline on +44 (0)1227 768896.

Students who find themselves in Clearing after getting grades below those expected are being advised to stay calm and think of the situation as an opportunity.

Entering Clearing – the process by which students looking for a place can search for degree courses that still have places – need not be too stressful.

Top of the list of do’s and don’ts is that students shouldn’t panic. Clearing represents an excellent opportunity to find a degree place that is appropriate, says Head of Recruitment and Admissions Steven Holdcroft.

Organisation is the key to successfully negotiating the process. Shortlists of courses should be drawn up – but flexibility is also important. Students should keep in mind the subjects they studied at A level but also think about their wider academic interests.

Students who achieve better than expected or predicted grades at A level can enter a process known as Adjustment. This provides an opportunity for students who have not only met the conditions of their firm choice but have exceeded them to reconsider where, and what, to study.

Above all, students finding themselves in either situation should not feel rushed or pressured. They should take time to think carefully about offers and plan a visit to the university they are considering.

Prospective students are welcome to visit the Canterbury or Medway campuses for a self-guided tour.