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

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.

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, and the local area.

Did you know…

Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rate of colleges in the East Midlands (2018/19 National Student Survey). 

The latest Graduate Outcomes Survey showed that 94% of Nottingham College HE students were in employment or further study within 15 months of finishing their course!

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 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

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, only to be one of thousands at university?

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege, we offer many more options to make high­er edu­ca­tion (HE) acces­si­ble for you. With us, you can stay local whilst com­plet­ing accred­it­ed cours­es. Our fees are low­er than most uni­ver­si­ties, we have small­er class­es with plen­ty of one-to-one sup­port and great indus­try links for your post-HE life.

Don’t miss out on your place at Nottingham College this September! Get in touch as soon as you have your results and secure your uni-level place through Clearing.

You can find further information, advice and support regarding Clearing on the Clearing pages of our website.

Published on:
  • 8th August 2022 (9:00 AM)
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