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Clearing stories

Every year thousands of students secure their place at university through Clearing - and it isn't as scary as you might think! We asked some of our current students who came to NTU through Clearing how they found their experience.

Elizabeth, BArch (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

"There is a certain stigma surrounding the idea of Clearing – that it’s a failure. However, although in comparison to your peer group who may have been offered a place at university straight away, finding a university place through Clearing is still an achievement. It may even open up opportunities that you’d never considered beforehand, and – in my case – the outcome is infinitely better that the one I’d originally intended.

To any students facing Clearing and who are worried by the prospects, I’d say not to be disappointed and to keep an open mind – it’s not as scary as it seems!"

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Kate, BA (Hons) Fashion Management

"As soon as I called NTU I was made to feel at ease by the Clearing team – the person I spoke to was calm, knowledgeable and made the process seem really easy.

Coming here was the best decision I ever made; the course is fantastic, everything has been really easy, and I honestly couldn’t see myself anywhere else now."

Haydon, BA (Hons) Media (with pathways) FT

"After a year at NTU I can safely say I hold no regrets at all. If it wasn't for Clearing I would still have no idea where I wanted to go in life, I just needed to take that leap of faith."

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Joseph, BA (Hons) International Relations

"[Clearing is] a leap of faith, but come three or four weeks of attending the university, you’ll love it. Don’t let the apprehension of the unknown keep you from coming, the people are lovely and anyone can fit right in."

Bryony, BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation FT

"I went through Clearing to change the course I'd applied for and it was very quick and easy process. The people I spoke to on the hotline were very helpful and understanding as they knew I was making a decision that would impact my future greatly."

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Florence, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

"The whole process was stressful but people who I spoke to were really understanding and answered all my questions. Not getting in to my preferred choice was the best thing that ever happened to me and I enjoy my course a lot and have made friends for life."

Tim, BSc (Hons) Chemistry FT

"I called up NTU and asked if they had any places on the course I wanted and what grades they required. It was really well organised and I found out whether I got in pretty much straight away."

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Hope, FdSc Animal Science

“The advice I would give to a student going through Clearing is that even though you may have not got into your first or second choice, you will find your way and there are so many other people in the same boat.

I was so set on one path and in one mind set and would have missed an opportunity elsewhere if I hadn’t gone through Clearing. Everything happens for a reason and even though a year ago I wouldn’t have known it, coming to Nottingham Trent University was the best thing for me and I’m really happy I’m here.”

Further information on Clearing

If you need help with your application, give us a call on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or email with your query.

See UCAS’ advice pages on Clearing and Adjustment for more information.

NTU’s UCAS institution code name is NOTRE and the UCAS institution code is N91.

Still need help?

Clearing and Adjustment hotline
+44 (0)115 848 6000