If you haven't yet secured a place at university or college for the 2020/21 academic year, you can now apply to study higher education through the UCAS Clearing system.

 What is Clearing?

Clearing is an important part of the higher education application cycle because it enables universities and colleges to match available places on undergraduate and HND programmes with students wishing to enter higher education.

If you are currently studying at Level 3 and intend to progress into higher education in 2020/21, or have taken some time-out and would like to pick up your studies, or want to work towards a career change, now is an ideal opportunity for you to apply to study with us.

 Who can use Clearing?

You are eligible for Clearing if you have yet to apply to UCAS to study in 2020/21. If you have applied already in the current application year, you are eligible for Clearing if:

  • You have not withdrawn your application;
  • You hold no offers; or
  • Your offers have not been confirmed because you have not met the conditions (e.g. you have not achieved the required grades); or
  • You have declined your offers or not responded by the due date; or
  • Your offers have not been confirmed, and you have declined any alternative offers from the same university.

 When can I apply through Clearing?

Clearing opens on 6 July 2020. However, once you have identified the programme for you, we strongly recommend you contact the HE Admissions Team ( – 01702 220688) to confirm we have vacancies for your preferred programme.

 What if I haven’t considered Higher Education until now and have not applied via UCAS yet?

If you have not yet applied to UCAS and are only just considering a course, you are not too late to apply for 2020 entry; you have until 21 September 2020. However, we recommend that you speak to the HE Admissions Team ( – 01702 220688) before applying to study at University Centre South Essex.

 What Higher Education courses does University Centre South Essex offer?

At University Centre South Essex we offer a range of interesting and challenging full BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), and HND degree courses in a variety of subjects and validated by our partners: the University of East Anglia, the University of the Arts London and Pearson.

We also offer part-time HNC programmes (Pearson) as well as full and part-time Teacher Training (The Open University). Please note that these courses are only available via the South Essex College website so Clearing will not affect your application.

 What HE programmes delivered by University Centre South Essex are available through Clearing?

All courses that are currently open for Clearing are displayed below. Vacancies published on this site are open for applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Please note that places on these programmes are limited and will be withdrawn from receiving applications as and when they are fully subscribed.

If you are interested in applying through Clearing to any of our available programmes we recommend you speak to the college’s HE Admissions Team. They will be able to provide advice about what programmes are available and provide an indication of whether you possess the relevant entry requirements.

If you wished to discuss programme content, the HE Admissions Team is also able to help arrange a meeting with any of the Programme Teams. Please note that our degree courses are full-time so the expectation is that you will study 5 days a week availability.

 Call the HE Admissions Team on 01702 220688 or email
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Computing & Systems Development (HND)

Course code: 104G Applications due to open soon, please check back for more information This higher education course is to enhance your career and employability in the areas of Computer...
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Costume Construction BA (Hons)

Course code: B5L2 Study our outstanding Costume Construction degree, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, awarded by University of the Arts London. The BA (Hons) Costume Construction...
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Counselling BA (Hons)

Course code: B940 This course will develop your personal and professional integrity as a counsellor whilst promoting sound ethical practice. Why study this degree at University Centre South...
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Criminology & Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)

Course code: LF64 This programme, which is aimed at those looking to progress to a career in criminology, forensic investigation or investigative policing, will enable you to understand the core...
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Digital Animation BA (Hons)

Course code: W615 Digital animation is a growing field used in a range of industries with applications in everything from Hollywood movies to advertising and video games. This programme...
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Early Years Education BA (Hons)

Course code: X310 Early years education is one of the most exciting and rewarding occupations. As an early years professional you can help to transform children’s lives and play an instrumental...
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Exercise, Health & Sports Performance BSc (Hons)

Course code: C602 This course offers the opportunity to explore the six main strands of sports science (health & wellbeing, nutrition, professional practice, human physiology, human...
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Fashion Media & Promotion BA (Hons)

Course code: W213 This programme offers direct entry to the fashion industry, specifically for careers in marketing, public relations, styling, fashion photography, visual merchandising, fashion...
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Film & Television Production BA (Hons)

Course code: P320 This degree programme offers a combination of theory and practical work across all areas of Film and TV production focussing on practical units in the television studio,...
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Fine Art BA (Hons)

Course code: W100 This course is validated by the Univeristy of Arts London Our students have gone on to become internationally-acclaimed artists, curators, art critics, lecturers, teachers...
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Games Design BSc (Hons)

Course code: WG24 The programme will prepare you for the exciting world of the games industry. The course is structured on the game design and development pipeline and will provide you with the...
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Graphic Design & Illustration BA (Hons)

Course code: W210 This course offers two different pathways depending on your choice in year two of the programme. Pathway one: Graphic Design Pathway two: Illustration  Follow...
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Interior Design BA (Hons)

Course code: W250 This course offers strong industry links with a programme of exciting ‘live’ projects and opportunities for work placements which often result in job offers at the end of the...
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Performing Arts (Acting Pathway) (HND)

Course code: H882 Gain the skills you need to become a versatile and creative performance practitioner. This award is validated by Pearson Edexcel. Students will have access to Thurrock...
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Performing Arts (Dance Pathway) (HND)

Course code: 4B22 Gain the skills you need to become a versatile and creative performance practitioner. This award is validated by Pearson Edexcel. Students will have access to Thurrock...
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Psychology & Sociology BSc (Hons)

Course code: L340 The underpinning philosophy of the BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology programme is to provide you with the ability to apply theory, concepts and ideas across psychological and...
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Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies BA (Hons)

Course code: X161 This programme is for those looking to progress to teaching, social work or management in the special education and social care sectors and will give you the skills and...