After You Apply

How we process applications

Checking applications

Once you have submitted your application we will check it eg to ensure that you have submitted the correct items; for factual content to prevent fraud; to ensure that you have paid the processing fee etc. Please note that if you submit your application in the two weeks before the closing date it may not be checked until after the Christmas break, because so many applications are submitted at that time.

If there are any problems we will contact you. If we ask you for further information, documents or payment, please provide these as soon as possible because your application will not be released to the courses until we receive them.

During this process if you login to your application, on the first screen you will see one of the following:

  • a request to pay the processing fee:
    you will see this if you have not paid the fee yet or if it has not been matched with your application yet (see the Submit Your Application page for further details about the processing fee).
  • your application is pending release to the course centres:
    this means that your processing fee has been matched with your application, but your references have not been submitted yet and/or other checks are still to be completed.

Releasing applications

Once we have checked your application, and we have received both of your references, we will release your application and references to the courses as soon as practical. The status of your application will change from "Pending release to course centre" to:

  • Application released to course centre:
    this gives the courses access to your application to begin their short-listing process (see the Short-listing page for further details).

We will also email you to let you know that your application has been released. Your email software may treat our emails as junk or spam, so please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder regularly.

We release applications to the courses in batches of approximately 100. The first batch is usually released in November when enough applications have been checked and have both references. The final batch will be released on 31 January 2018.

Changing your contact details

If any of your contact details change you can login to your application and update the Your Details section. This can be done either before or after you have submitted your application.

This will update our records and, if your application has already been released to the courses, they will automatically be informed as well.


The Clearing House can accept no responsibility for errors in the handling of applications howsoever caused. By accepting your application we are not confirming your eligibility for entry to courses.