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Highest-ranked universities in Clearing 2022

Need a uni place? Want a better one than your current offer? These top universities all have places in Clearing for 2022

More than 70,000 students found a university place through Clearing last year. Every year, there are scores of universities to choose from in Clearing, including some of the most prestigious. 

Here are the 15 highest-ranked universities that are offering undergraduate places in at least five different courses in Clearing in 2022.

All university rankings on this page are sourced from Times Higher Education's 'Table of Tables' which is based on the combined results of the UK’s three main domestic university league tables – Good University Guide (published by The Times and The Sunday Times), The Guardian University Guide and The Complete University Guide.

And, for each university, we've picked out a handful of courses that are available in subjects where that university ranks highly in The Guardian's university subject league tables. These courses are just a sample – there are many more to choose from. 

Clearing vacancies are updated regularly throughout the Clearing period (which runs from July through to October). Once A-level results have been released, Clearing spaces at these universities can be expected to fill up quickly.

To check on the latest vacancies, check the Ucas Search page or visit the specific university website. You can also find a list of university contact details (including universities no longer offering spaces in Clearing) over on our sister site The Student Room. 

University of Warwick campus

University of Warwick

Uni ranking | 7th

Warwick is as respected for boundary-breaking research as for teaching and business collaborations, and renowned for its entrepreneurialism and cosmopolitan outlook.
 
Courses in Clearing for 2022 include:  
  • Classics
  • English Literature
  • History of art
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Read more about University of Warwick in our guide.

University of Bath

Uni ranking | 9th=

Bath is highly regarded for its excellence in teaching and research, and for its effectiveness in preparing students for the workplace. All of its subject areas offer a placement, internship or the chance to study abroad. 

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
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Read more about the University of Bath in our guide.

Loughborough university logo on a hot air balloon

Loughborough University

Uni ranking | 9th=

Based on the UK's largest campus, Loughborough University is known in particular for engineering and technology, as well as its sport-related courses and achievements. 

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 

  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
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Read more about Loughborough University in our guide.

Lancaster university

Lancaster University

Uni ranking | 11th

A research-intensive institution established in 1964, Lancaster University is home to around 9,000 undergraduates. 

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 

  • Computer science
  • English literature
  • Philosophy
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Read more about Lancaster University in our guide.

University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Uni ranking | 15th

A research-intensive university and founding member of the Russell Group, Southampton's focus on excellence has seen it move up the league tables in recent years.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Chemistry
  • Film studies
  • History
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The University of Leeds campus

University of Leeds

Uni ranking | 17th

A founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Leeds has more than 30,000 students. Former students include politician Jack Straw, astronaut Piers Sellers and musician Mark Knopfler.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Arts and humanities
  • Business studies
  • Social science

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Read more about University of Leeds in our guide.

A University of York building

University of York

Uni ranking | 18th

The University of York was established in 1963 and has been a member of the Russell Group since 2012. It has made significant investment into its facilities over recent years to ensure that it maintains its impressive reputation.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Archaeology
  • History of art
  • Mathematics

Discuss University of York in the forum on our sister site The Student Room.

Read more about University of York in our guide.

Looking up at a University of Manchester building
 

University of Manchester

Uni ranking | 20th

The University of Manchester is the third largest university in the UK, with more than 40,000 undergraduates and postgraduates studying there in 2021/22.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Adult nursing
  • Classics
  • Environmental science

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Read more about University of Manchester in our guide.

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

Uni ranking | 21st

Around 15,000 undergraduates study at the University of Strathclyde. It's particularly renowned for its engineering courses, but also ranks highly for courses such as business, law and pharmacy.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Aero-mechanical engineering
  • Biomedical science
  • Business

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Read more about University of Strathclyde in our guide.

One of the historic buildings of University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Uni ranking | 22nd

One of the four ancient Scottish universities (alongside Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow), the University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495. It ranks highly for various courses including sports science, law and physics.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Accountancy
  • Business management
  • Geology

Discuss University of Aberdeen in the forum on our sister site The Student Room.

Read more about University of Aberdeen in our guide.

An aerial view of the University of Birmingham campus

University of Birmingham

Uni ranking | 23rd

A large red-brick university founded in 1900, that achieves consistently high student satisfaction ratings.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Nursing

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Read more about University of Birmingham in our guide.

University of Sheffield

Uni ranking | 24rd

Sheffield is a Russell Group university with an award-winning Students' Union, over 400 societies and sports clubs and libraries open around the clock.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Biochemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Geography

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Read more about University of Sheffield in our guide.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Uni ranking | 25th

Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, Surrey, is home to a diverse mix of around 10,000 students and is highly regarded for its expertise in the sciences, arts, business, economics and law. It also has a base at Bedford Square in Central London.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Ancient history
  • Computer science
  • Music

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Read more about Royal Holloway, University of London in our guide.

A building of UEA

UEA

Uni ranking | 26th

Located on the outskirts of Norwich, the University of East Anglia's campus includes the eye-catching Sainsbury Centre which has doubled as the home of the Avengers in several blockbuster movies. 

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • Business management
  • Drama
  • Mathematics

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Read more about University of East Anglia in our guide

University of Chichester

Uni ranking | 27th=

The University of Chichester is spread across two campuses: Chichester and Bognor Regis. At just over 5,000 students it is one of the smallest universities in the UK, which contributes to a strong sense of community.

Courses in Clearing for 2022 include: 
  • English Literature
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Music

Discuss University of Chichester in the forum on our sister site The Student Room

Read more about University of Chichester in our guide

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