Clearing Success Story – Connor, University of East Anglia (UEA)

Connor UEA

Connor used Clearing to get a place at UEA to study Law with European Legal Systems.

Although it may be worrying having to change plans so close to starting university, Clearing doesn't have to be scary. For Connor, a Law student who came to UEA through Clearing, it turned out to be the best option.

Connor hoped to come to UEA after attending an open day; both his firm and insurance university choices were Maths courses at UEA. But in the months leading up to exam results Connor realised he might not be as suited to the courses as he hoped and began to consider other options.

When Connor's A Level results (ABB, A in Law) weren't quite what he needed, he took the chance to apply through Clearing to study Law, something which he had taken at A Level and enjoyed.

Connor said: "Although it was disappointing not to get the results I hoped for, I'd already decided studying Law might be better and, by applying through Clearing on Results Day, I secured a place at UEA, where I really wanted to study."

With his parents away on holiday, Connor faced a short but nervous wait for confirmation of his place. "I would suggest any students who find themselves going through Clearing to have someone with them, for advice and support. Although it only took a phone call to UCAS and then to UEA, it is a little nerve-wracking waiting for the confirmation email!"

As Connor is spending his third year abroad in Belgium, he is confident that Clearing offered him the chance to be on the right course, making his time at UEA the best it could be. "People have a negative perception of Clearing, but it certainly wasn't a bad thing for me. I am on a course which many people apply and compete to be on each year, showing that Clearing can still lead to a high-quality degree at a top university. I wouldn't change my experience with Clearing at all."

Top Tips

Connor's suggestions for students applying through Clearing:

“Have someone with you. They can keep you calm while you're trying to get through to universities at UCAS and support you if you don't manage to get onto your desired course.

Have a plan and be organised. If you can't get onto a course at your preferred university, consider others at the same university. Make sure you know what the course entry requirements are.

Make the most of Clearing. It isn't just a back-up option. If you change your mind about what you want to study or where between applying and results, it's a chance to do what you really want to do."