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Open Days

We understand the importance of being able to visit a University and get a 'feel' for the place before your studies start. We are happy to announce that we can offer an on-campus experience as part of our open events in August and September. You will be able to join in presentations, chat to staff and take a tour of the campus to see where you could be studying in September for yourself. Advice and guidance on funding, scholarships and accommodation will also be available.

To take part, you will need to book your place which will automatically book you onto the subject presentation for your chosen course. After this has been done you will be sent an email which will allow you tailor your day and book onto whichever sessions, information and tours you would like.

The dates we have available are:
· Thursday 3 September (2pm until 6pm)

As well as our open events, you can always use our Live Chat on the website or talk to our friendly staff and students on our online chat system.


What is Clearing?
Clearing is how Universities and Colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. So, if you don't have a University place, or maybe you've changed your mind, you can use Clearing as an opportunity to find and apply for courses that still have spaces.
Do I Have To Apply Through UCAS?
If you have already made an application through UCAS for this current academic year and are applying for a full-time Undergraduate course then yes, you will need to refer yourself through UCAS.
What Will I Need To Have Before Calling?
· Your UCAS number (if you've applied through UCAS)
· A list of your qualifications (including GCSEs)
· Pen and paper
I've Lost My Log-In Details For UCAS?
Unfortunately we can't help with this, you will need to contact UCAS directly.
Can Someone Else Call On My Behalf?
Yes, we will need your permission to do this though, so please be available to jump on the phone to give permission.
Why Do I Need To Call Before Referring My Application?
To save time you will need to check that your course of choice is available through clearing and that you are eligible.
What Is A Verbal Offer?
After speaking with a member of the Clearing team you may receive a verbal offer of a place on a course, this cannot be made official until a formal application has been made. Please check your emails and check UCAS Track for any updates.
What Happens After I've Referred Through UCAS?
After you refer through UCAS Track we can then start processing your application. Please check your emails and track any updates. You'll also receive emails from us letting you know about what's happening at the University, what you need to be doing, and extra information about your course of choice.
When Is Freshers' Week?
Freshers week is called Welcome Week at the University of Bolton, and would usually be in mid-September after enrolment. Information will be sent out in August.
When Will Enrolment Instructions Be Sent Out?
We'll send enrolment instructions out from mid-August so please keep checking your inbox and junk mail just in case they end up here.
Where Do I Send My Certificates To?
If you have qualifications to send in to us please email copies of them to, this is the quickest way to get them to us.
I Didn't Declare A Disability On My Application Form.
If you have an additional need and didn't declare this on your application form, please let us know as soon as possible. Declaring a disability does not impact your application in any way, it allows us to understand your requirements and offer support. Our Disability Team can discuss different options for you, please get in touch at or call 01204 903 478.
Can I Visit The University?
We are offering opportunities to visit campus at our open events in August and September. Booking is essential here. Unfortunately we cannot offer visits outside of these dates. For more information please get in touch at
Can I Speak To Someone About The Course?
Yes of course you can! All the Programme Leaders' contact details are available online at the bottom of the course pages. There will also be a tutor available from each subject area on the Open Days.
Will the campus be open in September?
We are confident that our campus will be a COVID secure working environment in September for our students. You can watch this short video for more information about how we are working towards this.
How will you make the campus safe and secure for students?
We are implementing many additional features in order to make the campus safe and secure for students, some of the additional features include:

· Body temperature scanners at every entrance
· Providing masks, gloves and hand sanitiser
· Clear one-way navigation system around campus and in the library
· Online learning materials and access to digital resources
· 2 metre rule in classes
· Use of a bicycles for full-time students, to enable them to avoid public transport

Please watch our online video for a overview of everything we are doing.
What is the UCAS Clearing Plus Service?
New for 2020 from UCAS is their Clearing Plus service. They will personally match you to courses that may be of interest, using information from your application form and information from Universities and colleges about what they are looking for in a student.

Have a look on the UCAS website for more information about this new service.
What if I only miss my predicted grades by a few points?
If we have already offered you a place at the University of Bolton but you've missed the grades by a few points then give us a call, we may still be able to offer you a place on the course, or one that is similar.

If you've been offered a place at a different University but have missed the grades, and want to explore your options at the University of Bolton, then please give us a call so that we can chat through your options.

If you call our Clearing number 0808 281 1111 we will be happy to advise you on your options going forward.
I have a place at another University but now wish to study at the University of Bolton, can I still apply?
Yes, of course. When Clearing opens you can use the Self Release tool on your UCAS Track account. However, it's very important that you only do this once you have called our Clearing number 0808 281 1111, and secured your place with us.
I have a place at the University of Bolton, but would like to change to a different course - what should I do next?
You can call us on our Clearing number 0808 281 1111, and speak to one of our advisers about your options.
I'm appealing my A-level results - can I still apply?
Yes of course. We can only consider existing marks when making an offer, but you may already qualify for your chosen course. Remember to have all of your qualifications to-hand before calling.
Can I apply for courses starting in 2021 in Clearing?
No, sorry, Clearing is only for courses that start in 2020.

Applications for September 2021 will open in the first week of September 2020. Have a look at the course or courses that you are interested in, some of them will have multiple start dates across the year.

Need Help?

Not yet applied please call us
0808 281 1111

Already applied please call us
01204 903 394


Clearing Line Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 18 August onwards: 9am – 5pm

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