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Advice for parents and carers

Clearing can be stressful for both you and your child. What if they don't get the grades they expected? What if they didn't apply to a university but would now like to? Here you will find all you need to know about Clearing and the support available to you.

Clearing 2021 is now closed. To find out how to apply to NTU for 2022 entry please visit Your NTU, Your Application.
The support and guidance of a parent or carer can really help prospective students to make the life-changing decision to go to university. There's a lot of information around Clearing to get to grips with, as well as some myths and misconceptions to set straight.

Your child may need to go through Clearing if:

  • they've been successful in gaining a place at their firm and insurance choices
  • they've changed their mind about what or where they want to study
  • they didn't apply to university before receiving their results, and are now assessing their options
  • they've done even better than expected and want to explore new opportunities.

When can my child apply?


Your child can apply through Clearing as soon as they get their results and they have either:

  • not met the conditions of their firm and insurance choices, or;
  • changed their mind about where or what they want to study, or;
  • not thought about applying to university for 2022 (after Thursday 30 June 2022).


If your child has achieved better results than expected, they might now be thinking about an alternative course. Adjustment is an optional process run through UCAS where their original offer is secured and they can look at alternative courses or universities. Once registered for Adjustment in UCAS Track, they have five 24-hour periods (including weekends) to use it.

How can I help them prepare?

It's important to consider all practicalities if your child is considering applying to a university through Clearing. Before Clearing opens, help them to research the courses, the universities and the cities they're considering and look over the options together.

When it comes to applying, ensure they take the time to make an informed decision rather than accepting the first offer they receive. The decision doesn’t need to be immediate.

There are many useful websites available to help inform their decision, including WhatUni and The Student Room.

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How can my child apply to NTU through Clearing?

Clearing 2022 opens on Tuesday 5 July 2022. Once your child/young person has their results, they can apply by calling our Clearing hotline or apply online.

Your child will have to make the application themselves. We are unable to discuss their application with you or anyone else, as this would breach the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Our step-by-step guide to results and our How to Apply page will help them to understand the process of applying through Clearing at NTU.

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Booking accommodation

Each university's accommodation is different, but NTU’s Accommodation team will be there to help your child find their new home from home. This may be a university-owned halls of residence, a halls of residence run by our partner providers or private companies, or accredited shared housing.

After receiving an offer from NTU, they can request accommodation online. Visit our how to book pages for more information.

If you need any help or advice with booking accommodation, please call +44 (0)115 848 2894 or email to get in touch.

Managing student finance

If your child has applied already for student finance, they will need to update their student finance application with their chosen course and university. If they haven’t applied yet, they can find out more at the student finance website.

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

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