Helping a student apply through Clearing

Your guide to helping a student to navigate Clearing – as a parent, guardian, family member, teacher, school counsellor or education agent.

Applying through Clearing can be a stressful, confusing or upsetting experience for many students, and may mean rethinking their study plans. Support and guidance from their family – or education professionals – can help them get though the process and make a bright start to their university life. 


Our advice

  • Prepare – discuss results day plans with your child beforehand and look at possible Clearing options 
  • Be supportive and stay positive – together you'll find the right university and course
  • Discuss – what does your child or student most want or needs from their university choice?
  • Listen – your guidance and support is important but it's the student's own decision to make
  • Keep an open mind – they may need to think about alternative courses, universities or cities
  • Research – find out as much as you can about the universities, courses and cities you look at

Clearing applications should usually be made by the students themselves rather than parents, agents or other persons. Under UCAS policies and data protection rules, we can only discuss your child's or student's application if you are a nominated contact in their UCAS application. See our privacy policy.

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Fast facts about Nottingham

  • We're ranked 18th in the UK by both The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and the QS World University Rankings 2023. We're also ranked in the UK's top 30 universities by The Complete University Guide 2023 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
  • The university dates back to 1881, beginning as a civic college, and we have awarded over 300,000 degrees since achieving university status in 1948.
  • Our campuses are scenic, sustainable and full of cutting-edge facilities for study, sport and leisure. Explore them online in our virtual tour or come for a visit.
  • We have a range of catered and self-catered accommodation options on our campuses and nearby, with furnished rooms, communal areas and 24-hour security.
  • Nottingham has a strong reputation for employability. We're a world top 70 university or UK top 10 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022, and we're the second most targeted university by top employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2022 by High Fliers Research. Our Careers and Employability Service offers guidance, careers fairs, internships, work placements and more.
  • Our Students' Union provides an advice service, student networks and more than 200 student-run clubs and societies.
  • We have a great reputation for sport with a strong performance in BUCS leagues, sports scholarships for top athletes and some of the UK's best university sport and fitness facilities. We were The Times Good University Guide's Sports University of the Year in 2019 and 2021. 
  • We have an international outlook, offering support and guidance for international students and opportunities to study abroad available for most undergraduate students – at our international campuses in China and Malaysia or partner universities around the world.
  • Nottingham city is a favourite city for students, with famous sport and music venues, international food choices, great shopping, buzzing nightlife and a very affordable cost of living. It's ranked 9th in the UK and 53rd in the world in the QS Best Student Cities 2022 ranking.

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Preparing for Clearing

Clearing applications open in July and August each year. Information on Clearing 2023 vacancies at the University of Nottingham and guidance on prepare for Clearing will be available here closer to the time.

Search our 2023 entry courses now. Standard UCAS applications for these courses are available from September 2022 to June 2023. Not all courses will be available in Clearing.

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