When is Clearing and can I apply for courses starting the next year?

We appreciate that you want to get your application in early for next year and we would love to help you do so, but unfortunately, Clearing vacancies are only available for the current year.

Clearing is usually open from the 1st of July and closes in October, please see our clearings page or UCAS for details.

If you haven't completed an application and want to begin studying at the University of Bolton please contact us on our Clearing line 01204 896 734, email, or visit our Clearing Webpage for more details

Please note that during Clearing our phone lines will be open:

Monday 9th August: 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 10th August: 7.30am – 6.30pm

Wednesday 11th August: 7.30am – 6.30pm

Thursday 12th August: 8am – 6pm

Friday 13th August: 8am – 6pm

Saturday 14th August: 9am – 1pm

Sunday 15th August: Closed

After Clearing phone lines will be open 9:00 - 5:00pm


Applications for next year will open in the first week of September. This includes January start courses for open for international applications.

Please have a look at the course or courses that you are interested in on our subject areas pages, some of them will have multiple start dates across the year.

You should have a look at our Open Days in order to get more information about the University and to give yourself the opportunity to learn more about the courses. Please visit our Open Days page.

You can also chat with our staff directly every Wednesday from 2 pm - 4 pm and periodically throughout the working week.

Alternatively, chat with our current students who will be able to share this information with you and any other course-related queries.

Or book onto one of our Open Days or Course Advice Days to find out more and speak with the team.

It’s a big decision whether you think University is the right path to support your career ambitions. The University of Bolton is proud to offer its students #UniAsItShouldBe; a supportive learning environment, where we put you, and your needs, first!

We're delighted to be No. 1 in the North West for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021), and for the past 3 years we have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021, North West).

We are proud of our work on-campus to ensure our students can enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe, COVID-secure.