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How to apply

Additional Learning Support

We welcome students with a broad range of qualifications.We base offers on UCAS points and the points required will vary depending on the course you choose. 

Central College Nottingham is a member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It is important that you consider how the course you have applied for fits in with your future progression and career options as this will be discussed with you at your interview.

The UCAS tariff is changing for 2017 entry, but don’t worry, UCAS have a special calculator on their website to help you work out what your qualifications add up to.

If you are a mature student without traditional qualifications, but you can demonstrate the relevant skills and experience, we may be able to be flexible with the standard entry requirements. 

Please see below for quick guide on how the application process works.

Full-Time Applications

Applicants for most full time courses should apply via UCAS. Once you have found the course you wish to apply for, take a note of the UCAS course code and click on the link that takes you to the UCAS website. Here you will be required to register as a student and complete an application form. 

The UCAS code for Nottingham College is N30. 

Part-Time Applications

Part-time applications can be made directly to the College. Applicants can apply online here or complete a paper application form, available by calling 0115 838 0195 or emailing The HE Admissions Team will contact you with the information regarding interviews or offers on a place. If you require any Additional Learning Support (ALS) please remember to include this in your application.

You can apply for part-time HE courses right up until the start of the course, depending on availability of places.

What happens after you submit your application?

After submitting your application to study either for Full-Time or Part-Time courses you may receive an invitation to undertake an initial assessment for your English and maths. This will allow us to see the level you are currently working at and the results will be forwarded to the course tutor in preparation for your interview.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses after undergraduates who applied to UCAS before the 30th June, have received an offer and accepted a place.

If you have already applied to UCAS, you will be automatically entered into Clearing if you:

  • Currently aren’t holding any offers; or
  • Applied to UCAS after the 30th June deadline; or
  • Haven’t had your place confirmed from your firm or insurance choice

UCAS allocate you a 6 digit Clearing code that you provide to your chosen education establishment. If you find the course you are looking for please contact us with this code and we can help you straight away.

If you haven’t applied before the 30th June, you’ll need to register with UCAS and make an application. In Clearing you need to complete all the application as normal, including your personal statement, but can’t add course choices.

When you submit your application you’ll receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you’ll find your Clearing Number. The Track service allows you to track your application to keep up to date with your UCAS application. Once you have a verbal offer from us, you can add the course choice in Track.

  • You’ll know you’re in Clearing if your Track status says ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.
  • If your Track doesn’t say either of these yet, we might be waiting for your results to update. Get in touch with the Admissions Team if it’s taking a while.
  • If you originally only applied for one course (for the reduced fee of £12) you’ll have to pay an additional £11 to enable you to apply for multiple courses.

If you have used up your five choices in UCAS and still don’t have any offers, you can apply for more courses using UCAS Extra.

What is UCAS Extra?

If you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you may be able to add another choice.

This service is available between 25 February and 4 July and you can apply for one course at a time if you haven’t already received any offers or have decided to decline them.

If the UCAS Extra service is available to you, it will show up as a button when you sign in to the Track service.

Other Information

UCAS Details

Nottingham College Institution Code: N30

UCAS Contact Details



New Barn Lane,



GL52 3LZ

0870 1122211

For more information on applying through UCAS go to UCAS TV