Clearing Success Story – University of Wales Trinity St David
Amy and Dan successfully found places at the University of Wales Trinity St David through Clearing. Amy studies Film and Visual Culture and Dan studies Perfformio (Performance).
What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?
Amy: 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!
Dan: I originally wasn’t going to university, but when Results Day came, I was looking for what my next step was going to be and university turned out to be that step.
Did you do any preparation or research before results day?
Dan: I had already heard of UWTSD’s reputation in my field, as well as living relatively close, only an hour away, I was familiar with the campus. I spent time on the UWTSD website and when results day came, I phoned for information and ended up being accepted and being told what I needed to do next.
Who helped you go through Clearing?
Dan: The phone call to the clearing hotline certainly helped. The course director called me to have a conversation about the course and to invite me to campus to see more of what life at UWTSD would be like as well as answer any questions face-to-face − that was a big help!
How did you find out what courses were available?
Amy: Online, on the University of Wales Trinity St David's website.
Dan: I was already aware of the course, but there were advertisements on social media and in local press indicating which courses were still taking students.
What factors made you settle on the course you chose?
Amy: There was a choice of two film courses and the one I chose was more closely related to what I was interested in.
Dan: Performing had been what I wanted to do for a long time. I love theatre and the opportunities I had growing up, it was kind of natural progression. I also didn’t want to be too far away from home, or be anywhere where the cost of living was too high. I also knew that I wanted to study in Welsh, and that was a huge draw to me personally.
Did the university offer a Clearing open day? If you went, was it helpful and did it alleviate any concerns you had?
Amy: 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.
Dan: I did not attend a Clearing Open Day, but I did visit the campus following Results Day to meet the course director to talk more and to see what else campus had to offer. The course director reached out and I really appreciated that and found the opportunity SO useful, it made arriving on registration day/Welcome weekend so much easier.
Did you find a place to live easily?
Amy: I already lived with my partner in Carmarthen which is conveniently close to the university.
Dan: I did! I lived off campus due to a high intake in my first year, but groups on social media sites such as Facebook and the network of student ambassadors really helped me get everything together and get a great house for my first year. I did miss campus life, but really enjoyed the sense of independence I got to experience, I was minutes from my lecture room.
How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?
Amy: 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!
Dan: I loved it. The course was challenging and gave me so many experiences. I’m currently studying my M.Ed with a partner institution of UWTSD in the US, an opportunity UWTSD staff urged me to take advantage of, and definitely would not have known about or taken advantage of if I hadn’t have chosen UWTSD.
How has your course supported or changed your career ambitions?
Amy: 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!
What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?
Dan: Don’t worry, panic or stress. Take a deep breath and go for it. There’s so much help and guidance available, take advantage of it.