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Clearing FAQs

Please see if your enquiry is answered below in our Clearing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or visit our Clearing information page for more information about Clearing at the University of Northampton.

  • How long do Clearing decisions take?

    We can make you a verbal offer instantly on the telephone in most cases. You will receive your offer email from us following your verbal offer on the same day. Exceptions to this will be applications for advanced entry, international applicants, programmes that require an interview at a later date, and queries regarding qualifications or previous study with us.

    I have been given a Clearing offer from Northampton and I wish to accept, however my Firm choice institution will not release me. What should I do?

    If you no longer want to go to your firm choice, you can use the ‘decline my place‘ button in UCAS Track.

    I have been given a Clearing offer from Northampton, how do I accept?

    To accept the offer you need to go on to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    I have been told I need to refer myself to you, what does this mean?

    If you would like to accept our Clearing offer, you need to go on to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution, and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    What happens after I’ve received a verbal offer in Clearing?

    If you are already in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us and you need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered. You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested. We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    If you are NOT in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us with a link to an online application form where you can upload your qualifications/certificates. We will check your documents and confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    When will I receive confirmation of my offer in Clearing?

    You will receive your offer email from us following your verbal offer on the same day. Exceptions to this will be applications for advanced entry, international applicants, programmes that require an interview at a later date, and queries regarding qualifications or previous study with us.

    Where do I send my qualifications and certificates?

    Please email to myqualifications@northampton.ac.uk with a copy of your documents. Please note that some courses require evidence of original certificates and you will be asked to provide these when you arrive on Campus.

  • Can I stay in private accommodation?

    We can find suitable private rental properties if you would prefer this to Halls. Further details can be found on our Accommodation pages.

    How do I apply for accommodation?

    You can apply for accommodation once you have placed yourself in UCAS and been accepted by us.

    If you are already in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us and you need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered. You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested. We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    If you are NOT in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us with a link to an online application form where you can upload your qualifications/certificates. We will check your documents and confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    Further details can be found on our Accommodation pages.

    Please note that there are limited spaces in Halls. The earlier you accept our offer the better your chance of securing a place in Halls is.

    Is it safe to stay in Halls following the pandemic?

    We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about the coronavirus outbreak. The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020. We are putting social distancing and hygiene measures in place on campus in line with our promise to create a University estate that is safe and secure as possible for all new and returning students. Our Residential Life Team are doing all they can to make sure that the accommodation is as safe as possible. We can also find suitable private rental properties if you would prefer.

    What accommodation do you have?

    We have single and twin rooms with shared bathrooms or en-suites. The rooms are all equipped with network access and WiFi, as well as 24-hour security and a dedicated support team. Please note that there are limited spaces in Halls. The earlier you accept our offer the better your chance of securing a place in Halls is. We can also find suitable private rental properties if you would prefer. Further details can be found on our Accommodation pages.

    When will I be sent information about accommodation?

    You can apply for accommodation once you have placed yourself in UCAS and been accepted by us.

    If you are already in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us and you need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered. You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested. We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    If you are NOT in UCAS you will receive an offer email from us with a link to an online application form where you can upload your qualifications/certificates. We will check your documents and confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    Further details can be found at on our Accommodation pages.

    Please note that there are limited spaces in Halls. The earlier you accept our offer the better your chance of securing a place in Halls is.

  • What is adjustment?

    If you’ve performed better than you expected and exceeded the grades that you needed for your conditional firm place then you are eligible to register for adjustment. Adjustment allows you to search for alternative courses while holding your original unconditional firm place.

    When can I apply through adjustment?

    Adjustment is open to eligible applicants from 3pm on Thursday 13 August until Saturday 29 August 2020. You have five 24 hour periods from 3pm on Thursday 13 August UCAS Track after this point to secure a new place.

  • Can I swap my firm and insurance choices now I’ve got my results?

    No, but if you want to go to your insurance choice, you need to go through Clearing.

    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 UCAS Track. Please note that if you decline your place with us we cannot guarantee you a place if you change your mind as some courses have restricted numbers and could be full.

  • How does University Clearing work?

    From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    Phone us on 01604 214808 (you’ll need to give us your UCAS ID number) and we’ll put you through to one of the tutors from your chosen subject area. Alternatively you can Apply Online.

    If you are eligible we will make you an offer and you will receive an email.

    You’ll then need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested/appropriate.

    We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    How much does Clearing cost?

    If you originally only applied for one course for the reduced fee of £20 through UCAS, you’ll have to pay an additional £5 to UCAS to apply through Clearing.

    How will I know I’m in Clearing?

    You will know you are in Clearing if your UCAS Track status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’ or when you decline your firm place and it says ‘You are in Clearing’ or Clearing has started’.

    What is a Clearing code?

    If you’re eligible for Clearing, your Clearing number will be on the welcome page and ‘Your choices’ section of UCAS Track. You will also have a UCAS Personal ID number. Each University has a unique code, the University of Northampton is N38.

    What is Clearing?

    Clearing is a service that UCAS offers, enabling universities to fill remaining spaces on their courses and give applicants the opportunity to find a place at university. From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    What is University Clearing?

    Clearing is a service that UCAS offers, enabling universities to fill remaining spaces on their courses and give applicants the opportunity to find a place at university. From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    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 UCAS Track.

  • I have been offered a place on one course, can I be considered for another?

    If you want to swap your course with us please email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk including your UCAS ID number and the course change required. Please use email subject line ‘Request for course change’. Please note acceptance on a different course will depend on entry requirements and places available for the requested course.

    How can I swap my course at the University of Northampton?

    If you want to swap your course with us please email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk including your UCAS ID number and the course change required. Please use email subject line ‘Request for course change’. Please note acceptance on a different course will depend on entry requirements and places available for the requested course. An interview may also be required.

  • Is the Campus safe following the pandemic?

    We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about the coronavirus outbreak. The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

    Teaching in the first term will be a mix of face-to-face with online provision, and you can be sure both your face-to-face and online experience will be of the highest quality. This is because, prior to the pandemic, we devised a flexible method of teaching, supported by an award-winning learning environment we call Active Blended Learning. The University of Northampton was therefore able to respond quicker than most to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are also putting in place social distancing and hygiene measures on campus in line with our promise to create a University estate that is safe and secure as possible for all new and returning students. Our Residential Life Team are doing all the can to make sure that the accommodation is as safe as possible. We can also find suitable private rental properties if you would prefer. The library and other social and sporting facilities will also be open.

    What will teaching be like in the first term following the pandemic?

    We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about the coronavirus outbreak. The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

    Teaching in the first term will be a mix of face-to-face with online provision, and you can be sure both your face-to-face and online experience will be of the highest quality. This is because, prior to the pandemic, we devised a flexible method of teaching, supported by an award-winning learning environment we call Active Blended Learning. The University of Northampton was therefore able to respond quicker than most to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are also putting in place social distancing and hygiene measures on campus in line with our promise to create a University estate that is safe and secure as possible for all new and returning students. Our Residential Life Team are doing all the can to make sure that the accommodation is as safe as possible. We can also find suitable private rental properties if you would prefer. The library and other social and sporting facilities will also be open.

  • How can I decline my place?

    From 6 July if you are holding a firm unconditional place, you can release yourself into Clearing, by using the ‘decline your place’ button in UCAS Track. Please make sure you speak to the University of your new choice before declining your place. Please note that if you decline your place with us we cannot guarantee you a place if you change your mind as some courses have restricted numbers and could be full.

    I have been given a Clearing offer from Northampton, how do I decline?

    Email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk stating the reason you wish to decline, your UCAS ID number and the course you are holding an offer for. Please use email subject line ‘Decline my Place’. From 6 July if you are holding a firm unconditional place, you can release yourself into Clearing, by using the ‘decline your place’ button in UCAS Track. Please make sure you speak to the University of your new choice before declining your place.

    I have referred myself through UCAS Track, however I have changed my mind and now wish to be released. What should I do?

    You can self-release by using the ‘decline your place’ button in UCAS Track. Please remember that spaces may not be available elsewhere.

  • Can I defer a clearing offer/ if so how do I do this?

    If you are applying for deferral to September 2021 you need to meet any offer conditions by 7 September 2020 unless you agree something else with us. Please email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk including your UCAS ID number and the course you wish to defer. Please use email subject line ‘Request for deferral’. Please note that not all courses allow deferrals.

  • When will I receive Enrolment, Welcome and Induction information?

    Once you have accepted our offer you will start to receive emails about accommodation, getting started, the new students pages, welcome packs, how to pre-enrol/enrol, welcome and induction programme, students union, your personal tutor and DBS/Occupational Health/Module Choice (if appropriate).

  • What is Extra?

    If you received decisions from all five universities and were not accepted, or you declined the offers you received, you can add another choice through UCAS Extra Service. You can apply to one course at a time between 25 February and 4 July 2020. If Extra is available to you, it will show up as a button when you sign in to UCAS Track.

  • Can I apply early if I achieved my results last year?

    If you have not applied through UCAS this academic year AND you already have your results you can apply directly to us through a Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA). You can only make one RPA application, if you have already submitted one to another University we will not be permitted to process. Applying through RPA means that you are restricted to a single application, are not able to consider other providers and are not able to use Clearing or Adjustment.

    What is a Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA)?

    If you have not applied through UCAS this academic year AND you already have your results you can apply directly to us through a Record of Prior Acceptance (RPA). You can only make one RPA application, if you have already submitted one to another University we will not be permitted to process. Applying through RPA means that you are restricted to a single application, are not able to consider other providers and are not able to use Clearing or Adjustment.

  • How do I apply for Clearing?

    You need to register with UCAS and make an application but you will only be able to add a choice after you have submitted it. UCAS will send you a welcome email with details of how to access UCAS Track.

    Take a look at our courses and identify the ones that interest you.

    Contact us on 01604 214808 or Apply Online to see if we can offer you a place.

    You will need to give us your UCAS Personal ID number.

    If you are eligible we will make you an offer and you will receive an email.

    You need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested/appropriate.

    We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    Phone us on 01604 214808 (you’ll need to give us your UCAS ID number) and we’ll put you through to one of the tutors from your chosen subject area. Alternatively you can Apply online.

    If you are eligible we will make you an offer and you will receive an email. You’ll then need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution, and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested/appropriate.

    We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    How does Clearing work?

    From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    Phone us on 01604 214808 (you’ll need to give us your UCAS ID number) and we’ll put you through to one of the tutors from your chosen subject area. Alternatively you can Apply Online.

    If you are eligible we will make you an offer and you will receive an email.

    You’ll then need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution, and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested/appropriate.

    We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

    How long is Clearing open for?

    Clearing is open from 6 July to 2 October 2020.

    Our Clearing Phone line 01604 214808 will open at 7.30am on Thursday 13 August 2020 until 8pm; Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

    Our Clearing Phone line 01604 214808 is also open 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm Friday from June to October.

    I don’t have a Clearing number yet?

    If UCAS Track doesn’t say ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’ it might just be waiting for your results to update. Get in touch with us anyway by telephoning 01604 214808 or Apply Online.

    What courses are usually in Clearing?

    Most courses are available to apply for in Clearing with the exception of a few number-controlled professional health and education programmes. Please telephone our Clearing Phone line 01604 214808 and one of our advisors will be able to help you or Apply Online.

    What time does Clearing open on results day?

    Our Clearing Phone line 01604 214808 will open at 7.30am on Thursday 13 August 2020 until 8pm; Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 9am-4pm.

    Our Clearing Phone line 01604 214808 is also open 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4pm Friday from June to October.

    When can I apply through Clearing? When does Clearing open and close?

    Clearing is available 6 July to 2 October 2020.

    Who is eligible for Clearing?

    From 6 July to 2 October 2020 you can use Clearing if: you already have your exam results but you have no offers OR you didn’t receive any offers or none that you wanted to accept OR you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers OR you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in UCAS Track.

    Phone us on 01604 214808 (you’ll need to give us your UCAS ID number) and we’ll put you through to one of the tutors from your chosen subject area. Alternatively you can Apply Online.

    If you are eligible we will make you an offer and you will receive an email.

    You’ll then need to go to UCAS Track and enter the details of the course as your Clearing choice, specifying N38 as the institution, and entering the code for the course we have offered.

    You need to submit any qualifications/certificates/forms as requested/appropriate.

    We will confirm your place with UCAS and you will receive an official letter from UCAS and an email from the University of Northampton about accommodation, module choice and DBS/Occupational Health (as appropriate).

  • Can I come and visit the Campus?

    Our next Virtual Open Day is on Friday 3 July 2020 and then Saturday 15 August 2020. You can also access a Virtual Campus Tour and register to attend Open Days at

    Register for an Open Day

  • What do I do about Student Finance?

    You need to let the Student Loan Company know of any changes to your situation, for example a change of university and course, to ensure your tuition fees and maintenance loan are covered. Student Finance have a help page.

    Or visit main Student Finance page.

    Where can I find out about fees?

    More information about fees can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.

    Or visit the Student Finance help page.

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