How to apply in Clearing

If you haven't already got an offer from a university or want to rethink your options, you can apply for an undergraduate course through our international Clearing enquiry form.

We welcome Clearing applications from all qualified applicants – whether you've applied to us previously, changed your study plans after receiving results, or you're applying to universities for the first time. Follow our simple step-by-step guide to make your Clearing application.

This guidance is for international students only. If you are a UK student or assessed as 'home' for fees purposes, please see our home student Clearing guide for the correct guidance and contact details.

If you're in Hong Kong or Malaysia, you may have the opportunity to meet our International Student Recriutment staff at a Clearing event in your country.

Are you currently holding a conditional offer from us? We'll update your offer once we receive your results (via UCAS or from you, depending on what exams you have taken). In some cases we may still be able to accept students who have narrowly missed the grades stated in your offer conditions, so please wait for us to assess your results and update your offer. See our guidance on results day and submitting exam results.


Your step-by-step Clearing guide

If you have applied via UCAS and are not holding a place, your status in UCAS Hub will say 'You are in Clearing' or 'Clearing has started'. Stay calm and follow these simple steps:

1. Look at our course vacancies

Check our international Clearing vacancies for any courses that interest you. Click on the course listings for full details, including standard entry requirements, modules and fees.

Course vacancies

2. Check our guidance on entry requirements

A level and International Baccalaureate Diploma requirements for each course are listed in the course pages. Our entry requirements during Clearing may differ slightly from our standard requirements.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. Check our webpage for your country for guidance on the grades we typically accept.

Our minimum English language requirements are grade 4 or C at GCSE English language, or IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element), or equivalent. Some courses need a higher grade so please check the requirements for your course.

Please see our guidance on English language requirements for details of other qualifications and tests we accept as evidence of English ability.

3. Get ready to contact us

Once you have found a course that interests you, and you meet the requirements, get everything ready to make your application to Nottingham. We can only make unconditional offers during Clearing so you must have received your final exam results before applying.

You will need:

  • your UCAS number
  • full details of your qualifications and exam results
  • the course title and course code of the course that you want to apply for

You can only make one application at a time. Each course has a limited number of places available and due to the high numbers of applications we receive, our courses sometimes fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your chosen course, even if this was showing as available on our website when you applied.

4. Get in touch through our enquiry form

Use our international Clearing enquiry form to provide us with all your details and preferred course.

International Clearing enquiry form

You must provide your details including academic results in the form so that we can assess whether we can offer you a place.

A member of our International Student Recruitment team will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your options. They can make you a Clearing offer if you meet all requirements, and they will send you an email to confirm details of your offer in full.

If you are applying directly to Clearing without having made a previous UCAS application, have a look at UCAS's Clearing guidance to find out how to start your application.



Accepting your offer

If we make you an offer through Clearing, you will have a deadline to accept this offer (as outlined in your offer email) and you must refer yourself to the University of Nottingham (Institution Code N84) in UCAS.

How to accept your offer