Top Tips for Clearing

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A-level results day can be a blur of activity and emotion, particularly for those at the centre of it; so being prepared in advance will help you stay calm and make the best decisions for your next steps.

Here's our top tips to help you successfully navigate your way through Clearing.

1. Get up and get your results early

The University of Lincoln Clearing centre opens at 7.30am.

2. Have the University of Lincoln Clearing hotline number ready in advance

Call our Clearing hotline on 0808 164 4444. For those calling from outside of the UK, please call +44 (0)1522 886097  

3. Be prepared to be patient. Phones will be busy

There are lots of other people in the same boat as you. If you don't get through the first time then keep calm and keep trying.

4. 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.

5. Have a copy of your personal statement and your results ready

Have your results in front of you when you call. Ensure that if you are put through to an admissions tutor, you are ready to sell yourself, and tell us why you would like to study the course you are interested in.

6. Be prepared to be flexible and realistic in your choices

We have a full list of courses available at the University of Lincoln through Clearing. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If someone offers you a course and you don't know what it is, ask them for more information.

7. Ask for support

Get support from family and friends but remember this is your choice, you are the one who will be studying the subject so choose something you love.

8. Be prepared to visit

Three years is a long time to call somewhere home - make sure you go and look around and that you like it. Visit one of our Open Campus events.

9. Prepare for your call and make the call yourself

Make sure your mobile is fully charged and that you have a pen and paper to hand to keep notes of who you spoke with. Don't ask your mum and dad or friends to call as Universities will not be able to speak to them.

10. Ask for confirmation by email

Get your offers in writing.

0808 164 4444

(If you are calling from outside the United Kingdom, please dial +44 (0)1522 886097)

Lines open, Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm

+44 (0)1522 886097

Lines open, Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm


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