Clearing Success Story – Jade, Leeds Beckett University
Jade, 22, from Suffolk secured a place at Leeds Beckett University through Clearing.
What is your degree, and where are you studying?
BA (Hons) Events Management at Leeds Beckett University.
What degree had you originally applied for and where?
I had originally applied to study Media Studies at Nottingham Trent, among other universities.
What circumstances led you to entering Clearing/Adjustment? If applicable, tell us about the ups and downs of A level results day.
I entered Clearing as I unfortunately did not achieve the results I had hoped for. I found A-Levels very difficult, and although I tried my best, I didn't quite make the cut for my first choice of university.
On Results Day, I remember waking up at around 7am feeling excited as I thought I would be greeted with a congratulatory message. Unfortunately, it was not as I had hoped and I felt very disappointed and slightly embarrassed that I had not succeeded in getting the grades I’d hoped for.
After talking to my family and my tutor, I realised it is not the end of the world, and that Clearing was an option. I spent what felt like hours ringing different universities, being put on hold and waiting in queues,. When finally I spoke to the kindest lady on the phone from Leeds Beckett, she instantly made me feel relaxed and calm.
I told her about my situation, and she gave the news I’d been hoping for: I had a place at university!
Clearing was simple and easy to follow. Each university I spoke to followed the same formulaic procedure. This reduced the stress of it all.
Did you do any preparation or research before results day?
I didn’t prepare for Clearing as I had hoped to achieve the grades needed to get into my first choice. I did visit a selection of universities with my Dad, focusing on Media Studies as a course. However, I hadn't been to visit Leeds Beckett, so it was all new to me.
Where did you go for help and support throughout the process?
I first sought advice from my family, who provided me with emotional support.
I then went to my sixth form for more practical advice. The head of sixth form sat me down and reassured me there were other options available.
Once I decided to change my course, I got through to Leeds Beckett where I spoke to a woman on the phone. She gave me lots of information about the course, accommodation and the university.
How did you find out what courses were available?
I looked on the UCAS website to see which universities offered the course I wanted. I then created a list and looked on their websites. I also researched the city each university was based in, and what the city offered. It was important to me that the university and the city had the same sort of feel as my first choice.
What factors made you finally settle on the course you chose?
I worked part-time at a wedding venue and I absolutely loved it. I loved being a part of making this happen for people, and so I thought about my future career, and working in events seemed to make sense.
This led me to decide that Events Management would be a good choice for me.
Did the university offer a Clearing open day? If you went, was it helpful and did it alleviate any concerns you had?
The university did offer a Clearing open day, but I was unable to attend.
Did you find a place to live easily?
When I was on the phone, they originally said there was no Leeds Beckett managed student accommodation left. I was placed on the waiting list and told I would be contacted if something came up throughout the course of the day. Things change really quickly around Clearing as people change their mind a lot, so I was hopeful.
While I was weighing up my options, the phone rang and the lady from Leeds Beckett told me someone had changed their mind, which meant I was lucky enough to get an amazing en-suite room in one of their halls of residence!
How has your time at university been? Has it delivered what you were looking for and are you happy?
Although Clearing was quite emotional and stressful at the time, it really was the best opportunity I have ever been given. I met my best friends, my housemates, and even my boyfriend, all during my first few days of enrolling.
I’m forever grateful I ended up in the position I did, and that I was able to have the chance to experience university here.
The Leeds Beckett experience is unique compared to other universities. This is because of how much all of the staff care about each and every individual. The great social life helped too!
How has your course supported or changed your career ambitions?
Our academics and the expert guest lecturers provided us with insightful information about their experience in the events industry, which I found really beneficial.
We also had past alumni return to speak to us about life after graduating. These people have secured a variety of jobs across the country, and they were happy to share some insights.
This all encouraged me to get a job in the events industry.
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