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

Clearing is now open
Stay local and go higher

From now to October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if: you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, the course still has places, and you have your results.

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.

If you’d like to find out more about the university level courses we offer, have questions you’d like answering or would like some advice on how we can help you progress onto university level study, come along to our Clearing Information Event on the 23rd August at our City Hub Campus. You’ll be able to meet our curriculum staff, chat to our HE Team, discover lots of flexible options and even secure a place on the night!

1. Don't panic

It is important to stay as calm as you can and remember you’re not alone! Every year thousands of students find a university-level place through clearing, 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!

Although it can be tempting to make a snap decision, it is important to do your 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, facilities at your college or university, the local area, student support and the amount of contact time you get with lecturers. 

3. Have your key information to hand.

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

4. Make the call

Find a quiet place to call the Clearing hotline – 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 (or if someone is making the call on your behalf, make sure you’re with them) and have a pen and paper to hand so you can write down key information.

5. Log into UCAS to confirm your choices

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 onto UCAS and enter your Clearing choice as soon as you can.

Nottingham College Higher Education - a great place to be a student!

Are you wondering if you can get a degree-level qualification without moving to another city and paying a huge fee? There’s lots of reasons to consider us for university level study:

  • A three-year degree isn’t the only option. We have a huge range of courses starting from Level 4 which you can tailor your educational journey to suit you! 
  • One-to-one support and award-winning wellbeing student programmes mean you can stay local and go higher!
  • We’ve invested millions of pounds in industry-standard facilities that rival local universities — from our Science and Innovation Centre, Crime Scene House, specialist science laboratories, Digital Media Centre and much more…
  • Our courses are accredited by the Open University and Nottingham Trent University. 
  • With lower fees, smaller class sizes, industry links and accredited courses, it’s no wonder more and more students are opting to reap the benefits of staying local and studying for a university-level course in a college environment.
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  • 9th August 2023 (9:00 AM)
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