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Step-by-step Guide to Clearing

This guide shows you the steps of the Clearing process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Clearing Hotline: 0808 1644 444


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 01522 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.


Results day, clearing and an aspiring medical student…

I had a really supportive network of staff who knew exactly what to do next, and if this happens to you then the main thing is to not worry and stay calm. Lauren (Second year Biomedical Science)

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Top Tips for Clearing

  1. Get up and get your results early as the early bird catches the worm. The University of Lincoln Clearing centre opens at 7.30am.
  2. Go home and find a quiet space to make your calls – don’t call from school with friends, it is noisy and distracting and you need to focus on your future.
  3. Have the University of Lincoln Clearing hotline number ready in advance (0808 164 4444).
  4. Be prepared to be patient – there are lots of other people in the same boat as you.
  5. Phones will be busy – if you don’t get through the first time, keep calm and keep trying.

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Friends for Life

Find your Friends for Life at university

Going to university for the first time is incredibly exciting but as the days tick away and Welcome Week draws ever closer it’s natural to start feeling nervous. You’re moving away from home for the first time, leaving behind your family and friends and that’s bound to be daunting.

Some universities will have schemes in place that will help you make friends before you even arrive, like the University of Lincoln which helps to connect students with other like-minded students with their Friends for Life scheme.

Sign-up to Friends for Life


Starting Uni is a great opportunity to make some new friends - Beccy (2nd year, Journalism) shares some tips from her own experiences.

For more tips on settling into uni life, visit the Student Life blog.