Clearing is an extra opportunity to go after your dreams
Applying through clearing is an additional opportunity to go after your dreams. Many of our students joined us through clearing, whether they decided to change the course they had originally chosen, were late to decide they wanted to go to university or didn't quite achieve results they were hoping for. It happens, as our students explain.
We hope they inspire you to move forward and start your university journey with confidence.
I did this because I had a change of heart
Said Onyemauwa, Digital Marketing BA (Hons)
"I applied for Marketing at a university in Scotland as my firm choice and now I'm in my first year studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Digital Marketing at University College Birmingham.
"I had received an offer from my firm choice, my second choice being University College Birmingham. Because I was holding an offer from my firm choice, I had to decline them and apply for my second choice through clearing.
"I did this because I had a change of heart, to be honest, because studying general marketing suddenly seemed plain and boring. Also, the documentary 'The Social Dilemma' left me with a strong calling towards the digital side of marketing, hence why I chose this subject at University College Birmingham.
"My clearing experience was pretty good. No long wait time, staff were friendly and helpful. It felt like applying directly with the uni was easier than going through UCAS."
Clearing is stress free, opens up new opportunities
Staci Lawrence, Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)
"After leaving school, I did not have the confidence to apply for a degree and also wanted to start earning a wage immediately. I worked as a beauty sales adviser for over 10 years, but in the back of my mind, I knew it was not the career I wanted.
"I wanted a job in the health and social care sector, but worried about returning to education as a mature student, and the UCAS procedure seemed daunting. The University College Birmingham admissions team made the clearing process easy, gave me the confidence to apply and guided me through each stage.
"Clearing is stress free, opens up new opportunities and creates new adventures. Do not hesitate to take your next step towards a bright future."
The staff were incredibly helpful and informative
Annabelle Marquis, Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)
"I was actually really undecided on what course I wanted to do. Originally, I was going to apply for health and social care, but decided to apply for paramedic science instead. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful with both of the Midlands universities I had applied to.
"After losing hope, my dad told me that I could go through clearing and not to lose faith in going to university. After some thought, I decided to apply for health and social care, which is what I really wanted to do. I applied to University College Birmingham and I am now in my first year there.
"My course is focused on coursework and has no exams, which is a bonus for me because I am not very good at exams. There are also lots of job opportunities from my degree and it will help me do what I've always wanted to, which is to help people in their time of need, like so many people helped me.
"Clearing is easier than I expected. I researched the universities I wanted to call and I had all the details I needed ready.
"The staff at University College Birmingham were incredibly helpful and informative when I called them on the day and they gave me an unconditional offer. In no time, I had all the details I needed to finish applying."
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