Is Clearing for me?
If you’re thinking of applying to university through Clearing, it’s a common misconception that you’re using this process because of one reason – that you haven’t achieved the grades you were hoping for. That’s certainly not true!
Clearing offers a perfect opportunity for a last minute decision or change of heart. You may feel you’ve selected the wrong course or university, you might have originally opted not to study or you might fancy changing your career path.
Here are some of the most common situations we encounter every year. Take our quiz to see if Clearing could be an option for you.
1. You changed your mind
If you're having second thoughts about your university choices you're not alone. Philip was unsure about the direction he was taking and on results day he was able to get back on track by changing his course through Clearing. Read more about Phil's story.
2. You want stay closer to home
If it gets to results day and you decide that you want to change the location of your studies, then Clearing can work for you. Holly decided that she wanted to remain closer to home. She secured a place on our Fashion Business and Promotion course through Clearing. Read more about Holly's story..
3. You chose the wrong subject
You may have elected to study one subject, only to realise that maybe your ambitions lie in something completely different. Simon Glazin came to Birmingham City University originally studying Sociology, only to realise he’d rather be doing English. For him, the change paid off, as he’s now an award-winning fashion journalist.
4. You started the right course at the wrong university
Sometimes the university you started at just isn't a good fit. Jan was studying Digital Marketing at another university, but found that he didn't enjoy it. While exploring other courses he discovered the two-year fast track Digital Marketing course at Birmingham City University and decided to apply to through clearing. Read more about Jan's story..
5. You now have the courage to pursue your dreams
Sometimes it can take a while to gather the courage to follow a path you've always dreamt of. Mature student Selina had always had the urge to pursue Art. After working in a corporate environment for several years, she decided to take a leap of faith by applying to Birmingham City University through Clearing, Read more about Selina's story..
6. You’re stuck in the wrong career
Some students choose Clearing if they want a change of career. Huda had been working in retail, but following the path of her university-going siblings, applied for our Interior Architecture and Design course through clearing. Read more about Huda's story..
7. You want to return to education
Some students choose Clearing if they want to return to education. Yvonne had been working in retail, and decided to apply through clearing to the Fashion Business and Promotion course after putting it off for a while. Read more about Yvonne's story..
8. You’re ready to study after a year out
Some students apply through Clearing after taking a gap year and deciding that they want to pursue a new interest. Ross took a trip to Australia on his year out and discovered that he had a passion for music. Having visited the University for an open day, Ross decided to apply through clearing to the School of Media. Read more about Ross' story..
9. Fear of missing out
With your friends busy planning their university choices; it’s easy to get swept up in the buzz of higher education. Scott Vallely was originally uninterested in university, but after catching his friends’ excitement, he started to re-consider his decision about his plans for September and applied to Birmingham City University through Clearing. Read more about Scott's story.
10. Exam results weren't what you expected
Exams didn't go completely to plan? Rhiannon was in your position and now she's studying the best course for her. Even if you didn't meet your conditional offer there's still options available to you. Clearing helps thousands of students just like you find a university place every year. Read more about Rhiannon's story.
11. You haven't considered going to university until now.
Think you can't go to uni because you haven't even touched UCAS this year? Luke was in your position and now he's found a course that's right for him. Even if you haven't considered going to university until recently, Clearing gives you the opportunity to change your mind. Read more about Luke's story.
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