Clearing Success Story – Anastasija, University of Bolton
Anastasija, from Latvia, used Clearing to get onto a Psychology course at the University of Bolton.
What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?
Originally, I was going to re-apply for Physiotherapy the next year, however, from the beginning of my Access Course at Tameside College, I was considering studying Psychology as well, I just wasn't sure of work opportunities available. In August, I decided that I will apply for Psychology as it was the next subject, I had a great interest in it, and by that time I had managed to research postgraduate and career options in Psychology. My family supported me with this decision.
Did you do any preperation or research before Results Day?
Personally, I did an Access Course and knew my results early in June. I was 4 credits at distinction level short for the Physiotherapy course. I had been looking at the Psychology courses before Results Day as well, and checking the entry requirements for the Psychology degrees.
Did anyone help you through Clearing?
My teachers and classmates at Tameside College helped me through Clearing.
How did you find out what courses were available?
I used UCAS website and the universities' websites in the area I lived at the time to search for courses.
What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?
I had an interest in Psychology, as my uncle is a psychiatrist, and we used to have long conversations about human behaviour and the intentions behind the behaviours. Additionally, I received high grades in my Access Course for the Psychology modules, which had a positive impact on my self-esteem, and belief in doing well in this subject. Moreover, Psychology modules were my favourite on the Access Course, which contributed towards the decision.
Did you find a place to live easily?
Yes, in my second year, when I decided to move to Bolton, I found it very easy to find a nice studio flat in student accommodation in Bolton city centre.
How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?
I have enjoyed my course and do not regret choosing Psychology over other subjects. I have made lots of friends very quickly, and we have already made arrangements for the summer. Additionally, I have participated in several societies and strongly recommend being a part of one.
What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?
My top tip would be to take their mind of the results and enjoy the summer. Now that all the hard work is done, getting some rest and spending time with friends and family would be great. And remember, even if you do not get the result you wanted, there will be other options available.