Clearing has the reputation for being “stressful” and the “last resort” however with over 64,000 students who used the system last year*, for many, it was a positive experience.
Scroll talks to Lewis, a current student, who tells us about his positive clearing experience.
What degree did you initially apply for and where?
I had originally applied for Chemistry MSci at another institution with my back up option being Pharmaceutical Science.
How did you feel when you entered the clearing process?
I entered the clearing process three days after my results had come out. I asked the other institution to release me as I didn’t think they were going to accept me and I had already chosen another course that I wanted to do through clearing at Ulster University and been offered a verbal offer.
Did you attend the Ulster University advice day? If so, was it helpful and did it alleviate any concerns you had?
I attended the Ulster University advice day, the day after results came out. I found it incredibly helpful, as I was able to talk to members of the staff who told me what degrees were available to me and it was actually on the clearing day I was given a verbal offer for a course.
How did you find the clearing process at Ulster University and why?
I felt as though the clearing process was very smooth. As soon as I entered clearing, I informed Ulster University and they picked me up right away. I don’t remember there being any issues.
What course did you get through clearing and was this totally different to what you were expecting to do at uni?
I got into Accounting and Law at Ulster University and it is totally different to what I was expecting to do. As I had applied to a pure science degree which involved a lot of different lab work, Accountancy and Law is a very different course.
What’s been your favourite part of your course so far?
My favourite part of my course would probably be the moot that I did within my Law of Tort module. A moot is where we are given a case study with three different claimants. We then work in pairs and each pair have a claimant to appeal for. We then have to present our appeal in front of a barrister who acts as a judge. Essentially it was like a mock trial in a civil court I enjoy public speaking and I really enjoyed doing the research and coming up with as strong an argument as I could.
What’s been the highlight of your first year at uni?
The highlight of my first year is the friends that I made on my course. As the course itself is very small but is split between two different very large courses, there has been a lot of opportunities to meet different people.
If you could give one tip to someone who is entering the clearing process what would it be?
The best tip I could give is just not to feel pressured into picking a course you are unsure of or rushing into any decisions. The decision is what you are going to be spending the next three or four years of your life, so make sure its something you will enjoy.
Would you recommend Ulster University to other students?
Yes, I would recommend Ulster University. I think the staff are very friendly and really make an effort to make sure you are doing as well as you can and I think the quality of teaching is very high.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at uni and although my choice of degree through clearing was massively different to my original choice, I can honestly say I cannot have seen myself enjoying Chemistry as much as I have enjoyed Accountancy and Law.