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Step-by-step Guide to Clearing

This guide shows you the steps of the Clearing process.

1. Enter Clearing

The first thing you should do is log into UCAS Track. If you haven’t secured a place at one of your chosen universities, your UCAS Track status will change to ‘You are in Clearing’. An additional button will have also appeared giving you the option to add a clearing choice.

If your results are even better than expected you may want to think about Adjustment, which allows you to hold your confirmed place while you research and secure an alternative course. If you’d like to use Adjustment to apply for a course at the University of Lincoln, call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)1522 886097. They will be happy to talk you through the process. 

2. Find a course

Competition for places on the best courses can be high so you do need to act quickly, but at the same time don’t rush your decision. Research the courses available and make a list of those you are interested in. It’s a good idea to prepare for this in advance, just in case.

3. Contact universities and colleges directly

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to contact the university or college directly. Before you pick up the phone make sure you have your exam results and UCAS ID number to hand. You will find your ID number on the UCAS Track welcome page.

You can call the University of Lincoln Clearing hotline on 0808 164 4444. A team of dedicated staff will be waiting to take your call to answer your questions and help you find the course that’s right for you. If you meet the entry requirements and there’s availability for that particular course you may even receive a provisional offer right there and then. We will always follow this up with an email confirming all of the details.

Our clearing hotline is operated by a dedicated team of University of Lincoln staff; be prepared to answer questions about your reasons for applying as they will want to determine that a particular course is right for you. 

If you meet our entry requirements and we have availability, we could make you a provisional offer immediately over the phone and send you an email confirming the details. 

4. Accept an offer

To formally accept your offer, you will need to log back onto UCAS Track and click on the 'Add Clearing Choice' button. You will then need to complete the university name and course details. As soon as this has been verified by your chosen university your acceptance will be displayed in the ‘Choices’ section. If you’ve accepted your place at the University of Lincoln we will then be in touch with all the relevant information you’ll need for enrolment.

5. Arrange Accommodation and tell Student Finance

Once you have found your university place you can think about the next steps. You will need to arrange your university accommodation and let your student finance provider know where you will be studying to ensure there is no delay to your funding. Visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section to find out if there are any scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.

6. Research the city

Start researching the city or town where you will be studying. If you have accepted a place at the University of Lincoln visit our Discover Lincoln pages and begin to plan what you would like to do in the city.

Stephanie Henderson

Choosing where you want to study can be overwhelming but I looked at the University of Lincoln and visited an Open Weekend, which was really helpful. I would advise anyone going through Clearing not to panic as you can find the course that is right for you.

Stephanie Henderson, Sport and Business Management graduate
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