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Clearing advice for teachers and advisers

Results day can be stressful for students, but as a teacher or adviser, you can support your pupils through Clearing and encourage them to explore all their options including alternative courses and universities.

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We’re here to help inform your role in the process and support your students through Clearing. You can help with questions such as:

  • is it the course or university that is most important to them?
  • are there other courses at their preferred university that they could study?
  • is university the right route for them?

When to consider Clearing

Students may need to go through Clearing if:

  • they haven’t got 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.

Plan ahead

Clearing is becoming an increasingly popular way of applying to university and, whether your students are waiting for results day or already have their results, it’s never too early to consider Clearing as an option in case they need to rethink things.

Even if they – and you – are confident that they’ll achieve the results required to secure their preferred university place, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in place. Encourage your students to revisit other course options and universities so they know what’s out there if they need it.

Doing this research beforehand will allow them to stay calm and focused on results day and hit the ground running if things don’t go to plan.

Results day

BTEC: on or before Thursday 17 August 2023
A-level: Thursday 17 August 2023.

On results day, your students will either be:

  • accepted by their firm choice
  • accepted by their insurance choice if they don’t get the grades for their firm choice
  • automatically entered into Clearing if their results don't meet the conditions of any of their choices.

Our step by step guide to results day for teachers and advisers will help you support prospective students on the day.

What happens if they change their mind?

  • If a student has been accepted on a course but has a change of heart, they can find another course through Clearing. Just make sure that they don’t decline their place before they have another offer for a course better aligned to their interests.
  • If they hold an unconditional firm (status UF) place and request to be released, this offer – and their insurance choice – will be withdrawn and they will enter Clearing.
  • If they hold a conditional firm (status CF) place and request to be released, then their insurance choice will automatically become their firm choice. If they don’t have an insurance offer, they will enter Clearing.

What they’ll need

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If they want to explore their options through Clearing, they should be ready with:

  • Their UCAS ID number (and log-in details)
  • Their UCAS Clearing number – this will be available on UCAS Hub
  • Contact details for the universities they’ve researched and are interested in
  • Working pens and some paper
  • A phone charger
  • Their personal statement
  • GCSE results – they may be required as part of the entry requirements on their chosen course.

How to apply

To apply to NTU they can call our Clearing hotline or apply online. Remember: it's important that your pupils call us themself – we can’t discuss their application with a teacher, adviser, parent, or carer as this will breach the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Apply on the phone

When they call, they’ll speak to a Clearing adviser who’ll help them to find a suitable course. They’ll ask a series of questions to find out more about your pupils’ results and any relevant experience.

If they’re eligible to apply and we have vacancies on their course, their application will be completed on the call and the adviser will confirm if it has been successful. We’ll then send an email confirming the offer and instructions on how to respond via UCAS. We have dedicated Country Advisors for International students, who will review their application and guide them through the process.

For some courses, students may be asked to attend an interview, provide a portfolio, or talk to a tutor as part of your application. Don’t worry, we’ll explain the process and next steps over the phone.

Apply online

If any of your pupils know which course they want to apply for and don’t need to speak to anyone, they can apply online. Our online application form will be available when Clearing opens on Wednesday 5 July 2023.

They’ll need to complete all the fields required to submit their application. This will be assessed and, if successful, we’ll send them an email confirming their offer and instructions on how to respond via UCAS. We’ll also email them if we’re unable to process their application.

For some courses, students may be asked to attend an interview, provide a portfolio, or talk to a tutor as part of your application. We’ll email them with more information if this is required and they will need to complete any actions to progress their application.