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Real Life Experiences of Clearing

See Clearing as an opportunity rather than a failure!

Here's a selection of success stories about students who found their course and university through Clearing. Read what students themselves say about the Clearing experience:

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"I originally applied for medicine and it wasn't until results day that I considered Clearing as an option.

Ben impacted positively on his university by becoming President of the Student's Union.

Renisha Robin discovered her academic calling several months after the UCAS deadline had passed.

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Georgina Green

“I had to go through Clearing because I didn’t get the grades. Now I have a First Class degree”

Natalie switched university and is now sharing research findings at a European Conference.

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Adam Ghidaoui

“They told me I’d never pass my 11-plus. Now I have a first class Masters degree."

  • Adam Ghidaoui (24) works in the family’s engineering company, making trading desks for investment banks. He wanted a degree but didn't do as well at A Level as he hoped, getting three Cs. “I took a year out. Then I thought, ‘You know what? I want to go to university’, and applied through Clearing. I got four offers and chose the University of Greenwich.” Adam graduated in MEng Hons last year.

A last minute decision and application through Clearing brings Emma success.

Kate realised that her passion lay in Film, and was able to amend her course through Clearing. 

Jack James Marlow’s last minute  to go to university turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life. 


"I rang Sheffield Hallam and they answered all my questions. They held my place for me for as long as they possibly could, and were really helpful.

"Getting a place to study History with Film studies at Essex through Clearing turned out to be the best accidental decision I’ve made.

A change in course and a place at the university Connor really wanted to attend.

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"I was offered a university place but when I looked at the course structure I discovered that it didn’t cover the subjects I loved. Clearing gave me the chance to find exactly the right course.

"Clearing was something I had never heard about or considered as I had always thought I would get one of my choices, but sadly I didn’t get the grades for either my firm or insurance choice.

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"I’d been at university for a year but the course was wrong for me. I thought and thought about it over the summer and finally decided to start again.

"Before Clearing, I wasn’t aware that the University of Essex even existed, but now that I’m here, I’m loving it!

Changed course offer after just missing grades for first choice course.

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