Clearing Success Stories – University of Northampton

Beth and Lauretta successfully found their places at the University of Northampton through Clearing.

Beth Criminology (002)

Beth, Crimonology and Sociology BA/BSc

Beth overcame A Level setbacks to secure her future via Clearing. 

When Beth began to suffer from anxiety while studying her A Levels, her grades suffered.

But she overcame her difficulties to secure a place on the joint honours degree in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Northampton, which she joined via Clearing in 2017.

She said: “When I was doing my A Levels, my grade targets were AAB and I was planning to go to another university to study History of Art. However, some months before my exams, I struggled with anxiety which affected my concentration and my attendance at sixth form college.

“I started to realise my grades were going to suffer and so I began to look at other options. I also decided I wanted to change the course I had chosen, to do something I knew I would enjoy more.”

Beth was nervous about the Clearing process, but as soon as she picked up the phone to speak to the University of Northampton, she found it incredibly straightforward.

She said: “Everyone I spoke to along the way was incredibly reassuring and helpful. I spoke to the sociology module leader over the phone on A-level results day and he made me feel much more confident about the grades I had received (B,C,D) and that it wasn’t the end of the world. That day I knew I was going to the University of Northampton.

Beth’s advice for anyone going through the Clearing process is: “Do not panic. Speaking from experience, not getting the grades you expected can be disappointing. But do not get disheartened or think you’ve let anyone down because everything will turn out well in the end.”

Lauretta, Disability Nursing

Clearing was key for Lauretta’s career change plans

LAURETTA clearing

When Lauretta fancied a career change, she knew she would have to retrain if she wanted to achieve her ambition of becoming a nurse.

After finding out that the University of Northampton offered a learning disability nursing course, she enrolled via the Clearing process in 2017.

She said: “I attended a secondary school in Nigeria about 20 years ago now, so it had been a long time since I had undertaken any health-related subjects like biology. This created a lot of anxiety for me when I decided to change my career and by the time I decided to join the course, it was a bit late in the year.

“I did not know if I would meet the university criteria for nursing. However, I had my first degree in economics, my GCSEs and a few certifications. I rang the University and told them about my circumstances. The person I spoke to was very empathetic and helpful. In the end, I took their advice to apply directly through the Clearing route on UCAS.”

Lauretta added: “The Clearing process was very straightforward. I filled in the forms online and uploaded all the relevant documents. After a few weeks, I was contacted and invited for an interview and was offered a place. After my first year at Northampton, I’m delighted to be on such an amazing course.”

Lauretta has advice for those who might be considering applying to university via Clearing: “I will say, don’t give up until you ring the university. It’s worth discussing the different options with the admissions team. In my personal experience, I found them to be very approachable and easy to talk to. Although the process of filling in forms might feel a bit daunting, the fact that help is just a phone call away makes a big difference.”