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Student Asia Morton holding a sign saying 'I AM doubtful'.

Asia Morton

Criminology - BA (Hons)

Asia had a last-minute change of heart and was doubtful about moving away from home for university as she was keen to save money. She had been concerned about the stigma surrounding Clearing but was relieved when she realised how easy the process is and the flexibility it gave her to switch to a course she was truly invested in.

“Although I got into my first choice university in the East Midlands, a few days after receiving my results I had a last-minute change of heart about leaving home and decided that I would find a new university closer to home through Clearing. Finances were a key factor in this decision as I was keen to save money during my time at uni. I did some research looking at the unis based in Birmingham and I decided to apply Birmingham City University as it had a high student satisfaction rating for my course and meant that I would be able to stay at home and commute. This did mean I needed to change my course as BCU didn’t offer my original choice. but it was actually a blessing in disguise. It really made me think about which course I wanted to dedicate my attention to for the next three years.

When applying through Clearing, I was initially very anxious because it wasn’t a process that was discussed very often at sixth form, almost as if there was a stigma around it. The Clearing process itself calmed any nerves I had to start with and reassured me that I had secured a university place that met my criteria. I was really relieved when I realised that Clearing isn’t actually a negative thing to be worried about, but a really great opportunity to make sure you are 100% happy with your choice of course and uni.

The people that I spoke to on the Clearing hotline were very supportive and understanding. They reassured me the whole way through the process. It was so simple, I just had to answer a few questions about myself and my qualifications and they handled it for me. I was really impressed with how welcoming the University is and I remember receiving emails almost straight away from BCUSU welcoming me and other new students to the campus.

My time here at BCU has been very enjoyable. Although it has been challenging, the amount of support on offer is truly amazing. From Careers+ to the Students’ Union, there is always something on offer. The teaching here at BCU is impeccable, and the support from academic is great - all you have to do is ask and they will point you in the right direction.

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I was also able to secure my first job through the University, working with the Graduate+ team. I was able to start a blog for them, help other students and be the first port of call at the team’s front desk. I did this throughout my first year and it’s definitely helped to give me the experience and confidence I need to secure external work opportunities.

I can honestly say that choosing Birmingham City University was the best thing for me. I chose to continue my higher education because I believe it will help me succeed and go further in my chosen career as well as opening new doors for me. I’m rapidly approaching my graduation and I hope to either continue onto a Master’s at BCU or look to get involved in a graduate scheme.”

Asia has some insightful advice for anyone who may be doubting their original university choices and wanting to explore their options through Clearing.

“Do your research! You’ll thank yourself for it later. Choosing a university and a course that you will love is so important as it’s going to be your life for the next few years. If you know people at a university you are considering, talk to them and find out what the university has to offer. Get onto the university’s website and look up the course modules and teaching breakdowns so you can see if you’re happy with it. Finally, join groups on Facebook or campus apps. These helped me meet new people before Fresher’s week even began.”