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News: Take the confusion out of clearing with our top tips

Going through clearing and trying to find a university level place can be stressful, but it is important not to panic - there are lots of options available. Take a look at our top tips for taking the confusion out of clearing.

1. Don't panic

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It is important to stay as calm as you can and remember you’re not alone!
Figures show that this year more students have found courses through clearing than ever before, so there are lots of people in the same boat as you.

2. Do your research – and not just the course you want to study!

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Although it can be tempting to make a snap decision, it is important to do you research as you need to ensure you will be comfortable with studying at your chosen college or university for a number of years.

Your research needs to look beyond the course so look up things such as student satisfaction, the local area and how geared up it is for students.

Did you know that Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rate of colleges in the East Midlands (2018/19 National Student Survey) and by studying here in Nottingham you will be joining a vibrant and creative city where students make up over 12% of the city’s residents!

3. Have your key information to hand.

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Everyone forgets information under pressure, so before calling the clearing hotline it’s a good idea to write down all your personal information, UCAS details, results and your chosen course so it’s easy to rattle off when you are on the phone.

4. Make the call

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Find a quiet place to call the clearing hotline for your chosen institution – The Nottingham College clearing hotline number is 0115 838 0610 and we have places left on lots of university level courses.

It’s important you make the call yourself and have a pen and paper to hand so you can write down key information.

5. Log into UCAS to confirm your choices.

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Once you have spoken to your chosen college or university they will normally give you a time period, usually 12-48 hours for which their offer is valid so remember to log on and enter your clearing choice as soon as you can.

Don’t miss out on your place at Nottingham College this September, you can find further information, advice and support regarding clearing on the clearing pages of our website.

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  • 20th August 2019 (2:48 PM)
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