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Clearing 2020

What is clearing and how does it work?

Clearing is an alternative route to get accepted onto one of our Higher Education courses for September 2020. It is run by UCAS, who runs the admissions system for universities and other Higher Education Institutes.

So what is different to a normal UCAS application? You may find yourself in Clearing if you have missed the 30th June deadline, you didn’t receive any offers or you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers. When Clearing opens you will be able to log into UCAS Track and discover all of the colleges and universities you match with. From there you can click which ones you are interested in and they may be in touch to help you get a space onto your desired course.

How does this affect me applying to study at the college? Clearing officially opened on 6th July however, you may not be able to access it until you receive your results on 13th August. You can access clearing by visiting your UCAS Track. Throughout the Clearing period, NWSLC will be identifying those applicants who have expressed that they are interested in a course with us and contacting them to get them placed onto the course most suitable for them.

Has this changed from how it used to work and what is Self-release? Before self-release was available, applicants wishing to decline their place at a University in favour of a different choice would have to contact the original University to be released. This was time-consuming as applicants could be on the phone back and forth all day waiting to be released just to accept a place at their desired College or University. Now applicants can self-release. From 6th July, if you are holding an unconditional firm offer at a College or University and decide that you would like to go to a different one, then you can self-release in UCAS track. Just be sure to contact the college/university you want to go to first to make sure they have spaces on the course you want to join before cancelling your space.

Are you anxious about results day? Feeling nervous about receiving your results is a completely natural and normal way to feel – you are not alone. You may feel panic, guilt and be fearful of what lies ahead in the future. It is important to talk about how you feel with a close friend or family member and maybe see if they can support you when you get your results.

This year has been a year like no other. It has been particularly difficult for all Level 3 learners who have spent the end of their academic year in lockdown due to COVID-19. Please be assured that NWSLC will be as flexible as possible to this year’s applicants and we are completely understanding of the challenges you have faced during this usual and unprecedented time.

If you have any concerns regarding the grades you may receive or just want to discuss a course with us, please feel free to drop the Higher Education Team an email at

Parent F.A.Q

What if my son/daughter doesn’t get the grades required?

We always try to work with students to suggest the best course for them. On results day the Higher Education Team will be on hand to answer any of your queries or concerns. Please email us on or call us on the clearing hotline, 0330 058 3000

Is there specific equipment they might need?

Each course will have different requirements. For example, our Art & Design courses will require portfolio work. We have an art shop at our Hinckley campus where students have access to a range of supplies at a competitive price. Each course will come with a recommended equipment list, which can usually be found on UCAS or upon enrolment.

How can I find out more information on Higher Education at NWSLC?

You can browse our website, download our guide here or send an email to

How does student finance work?

While at college studying Higher Education, there are two main costs – Tuition Fees and Living Costs. All eligible students can apply for loans and grants.

The Tuition Fee Loan covers the full cost of the course fees charged by the college. This does not include any additional costs associated with your course such as equipment.

The basic rate of Maintenance Loan helps with living costs and doesn’t depend on your household income, but your son/daughter can apply for more that does. Any loans they borrow have to be paid back, but not until they’ve finished or left their course, and their income is over the repayment threshold. Repayment thresholds are changed by the Government yearly and the most up to date information can be found here:

There are also grants available for students who have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty, or students who have children or an adult dependant who depends on them financially. These don’t usually have to be paid back.

You can check if you are eligible and find out more information here: