Clearing Success Story – University of Wales Trinity St David


26-year-old Amy, from Carmarthen, successfully found a place on a Film and Visual Culture course at the University of Wales Trinity St David (Carmarthen) through Clearing.

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?

I decided very late on in the year that I wanted to go to uni. I never really thought I would go as I hadn’t gone when all my friends went after college, and there wasn’t anything I truly wanted to do. Then I saw this course and thought it would be great!

How did you find out what courses were available?

Online, on the University of Wales Trinity St David's website.

What factors made you settle on the course you chose?

There was a choice of two film courses and the one I chose was more closely related to what I was interested in.

Did the university offer a Clearing open day? If you went, was it helpful and did it alleviate any concerns you had?

The first time I went to UWTSD was for my interview/chat with my lecturers at the Clearing open day. It was really helpful and relaxed. I was nervous before going but I didn’t need to be as they were very friendly.

Did you find a place to live easily?

I already lived with my partner in Carmarthen which is conveniently close to the university.

How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?

I have loved my time at university so far. I have had lots of great opportunities and have been involved with loads of things. I thought I may have been a little bit of an odd one out for not wanting to be a typical party student, but there are a good few people on my course, also mature students, who are much the same as myself. One main worry I had about going to uni was the writing aspect, but this has proved not too bad at all, and there’s lots of help available when I am struggling. I have learned so much and I am excited for my second year!

How has your course supported or changed your career ambitions?

Before starting the course, I had no idea what I would do with the degree when I finished, or even if I was going to stick to a related career. I now believe that if I wanted to be self-employed, I could be, which is what I have always wanted. I think if I stick this out and keep working hard I will definitely find work afterwards and do something I am actually happy with and enjoy going to work for!