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. Applying early with BTECs
If you find yourself exploring your university options for this September in Clearing, it's good to know that you can get in before the rush and have your pick of a wide range of courses. Because Hafsa studied BTECs she was able to apply early. Read more about Hafsa's story.
2. 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.
3. You lost your job
You might have your change of plan thrown at you. Sharina Kamali lost her job as a support worker, and decided to make the most of this unexpected news by applying for a place on our Social Work course. “Going back to education felt like a progression,” she said. “I know going back meant a different career at the end of it.” Read more about Sharina's story.
4. You’re stuck in the wrong career
Some students choose Clearing if they are fed up with their job. Hannah Patterson was working in a bank and realised that it wasn’t the career she really wanted, so made the last-minute decision to study Media and Communication. Hannah now works as a presenter and voiceover artist.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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