I’ve got a confession to make-I never went to University. I always wanted to go into teaching, but I didn’t apply in the end-because I was terrified I wouldn’t make the grades needed and then wouldn’t be able to go to University anyway. I didn’t know applying through clearing was a thing-and I really didn’t do my research.
So when Northumbria University (incidentally, where my friend went to do her teaching degree, and she loved her experience) asked me if I wanted to work with them to write a post about applying through clearing to them-so that those student who don’t quite make their first choice offer have a better idea of their options-of course I said yes. I wish I’d read the posts from this campaign around the time I should’ve applied for University.
I know the feeling of not hitting the grades you were hoping for. I can only imagine the stress of knowing you’re not in your first choice University. But now is not the time to panic. Speak to your teachers at school if you’re after a bit of guidance-they know you well and can probably suggest a few options for you. Have a look on the UCAS website to see which courses are available through clearing, or on the University’s website if you’re interested in a particular location. Individual universities will often have a dedicated Clearing webpage and some, like Northumbria, even have a Clearing app you can download so you’re kept up to date in the run up to Clearing and on the day – just search Clearing Guide 2017 in the App Store.
Gather all your information together (they’ll need your UCAS personal identification number and your results-including GCSE) and start ringing the clearing department of the Uni you’re interested in going to. They will need to speak to YOU, not your teacher or your parents, and they’ll ask you why you want that uni and that course.
Accept your new offer, and prepare for the rest of your life!
Once you’ve accepted your new offer, you can join in with the rest of your friends getting excited and prepared to head off to University. Get your shopping for the must haves done, sort out your student loan and accomodation if necessary, head off to University for Freshers week and enjoy! I’m not too jealous, honest!
Whatever happens this summer, and whichever University you end up at, I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly. Life is full of setbacks and I believe that everything happens for a reason, so if you don’t get your first or second choice, you were clearly meant for a different course. It WILL be okay, and no one will care that applying through clearing was what got you your place.
*I have been paid to write this post, however like all of my content on Inside Laura’s Head, all words, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.