University-Level Courses – Clearing


Welcome to our Clearing 2021 homepage. Apply now! Our courses are popular and places are limited.

If you aren’t holding an offer for a university-level qualification, if you’ve changed your mind about what you want to do next, or if the plans you had for next year are on hold for the moment, there is still time to apply to study at NPTC Group of Colleges. Most students are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan or may receive grants or bursaries.

If you are waiting for your results, have a look through our course pages to see if there is a course that’s right for you. We recommend looking through the Clearing FAQs (below) so that you’re fully prepared on results day.

If you know which course you want to apply for; go to the course page and click ‘Apply Now‘ to use our online application portal and complete the application process.

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Clearing FAQs

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any remaining places on their courses and is used by thousands of students each year. If you have applied through UCAS and are not holding any offers, or did not meet the conditions of your offer, you can apply for a course through Clearing.

Alternatively, it is used by applicants who have decided to wait to apply to university, or who have chosen to apply after the UCAS deadline.

When can I apply through Clearing?

Clearing is available from August to September each year. If you have not already applied through UCAS and can meet the entry requirements for your course, you can apply at any time via the College online application portal. Just click ‘Apply Now‘ on the course page.

If you have already applied through UCAS and you think you may need Clearing, you will need to wait until your results are available; UCAS Track will show whether you are eligible.

UCAS Clearing closes at the end of September, however, the College will close individual courses before this date if all spaces have been filled.

When do results come out?

A Level results day is 10 August 2021, although some results for other qualifications will have been made available earlier.

How do I find a place through Clearing?

If you have not already applied through UCAS all you need to do is click the ‘Apply Now‘ button on the course page and apply via our online application portal.

If you are a UCAS applicant, once you have your grades you will need to search through the course pages on the NPTC Group of Colleges website to find the right qualification for you, then contact us to see if we can make you an offer. If you receive an offer from us, you will need to add this as your choice through UCAS Track; this is the only way to get an official and formal Clearing offer.

How will I know I’m in Clearing?

You’ll know you’re in Clearing if your Track status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started. Or, you follow the on-screen prompts to decline your firm place, and your Track status then says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.

Where can I find my Clearing number?

If you’re eligible for Clearing, your Clearing number will be on the welcome page and ‘Your choices’ section of Track.

Where can I find Clearing vacancies?

All Clearing vacancies are listed in our search tool from July. They are updated regularly by the unis until mid-September.

How do I add a Clearing choice?

Go to the ‘Your choices’ section of Track and click ‘Add Clearing choice.’ Then enter the details of the course.
Only add a Clearing choice once you have spoken to the university directly and they have given you permission to add your clearing choice. University clearing hotlines will be available on each university website.

How do I reply to a Clearing offer?

You don’t need to reply to a Clearing offer. Once you add the choice, it’s then up to the uni to confirm your place in Track.

I don’t want my firm choice, can I use Clearing?

Yes. If you change your mind and no longer want to go to your firm choice, you can use the ‘decline my place’ button in Track.

I want to go to my insurance choice.

If you are now placed at your firm choice, your insurance choice has automatically been declined. However, your insurance choice might still be able to offer you a place through Clearing. You will need to contact your insurance choice to discuss your options. If they have places available and give permission, you will need to select ‘I want to apply somewhere else’. You will then be able to add a clearing choice.

I want to apply somewhere else.

You will be ending the contract you have with your unconditional firm choice university or college. You cannot undo this action. If you change your mind, you will still be able to use Clearing to apply elsewhere.

I want to change to a different course at the same uni/college.

If you are happy with the uni or college you are placed with but wish to change the course you will be studying, the best thing to do is to give the uni or college a call. If they agree, they will send an updated offer for the new course.

I no longer want to go to university this year

If you don’t want to go to university this year, you might be able to defer your place until next year – you will need to contact your firm choice to discuss this. If you are sure you do not want to defer your place until next year, you can use the ‘decline your place’ button and select ‘I want to apply somewhere else’. If you change your mind, you can still use Clearing to apply elsewhere.

What is Clearing Plus?

Clearing Plus is a new matching service for UCAS applicants who are not holding offers and are eligible for Clearing. If you find yourself in Clearing this year, UCAS will match you to courses you may be interested in, using what they know about you from your application.

Don’t worry if you want to apply for something different, you can still find courses with NPTC Group of Colleges by using the search tool on our website.

Contact Us

Our experienced and knowledgeable team will be able to help with application enquiries and can be contacted by emailing

For any further information, advice or guidance on UCAS contact

To contact a course tutor head over to the course page and click on the red ‘Click here to Ask a Tutor’ button.