Clearing Success Story – Jesse, Middlesex University
Jesse originally applied to study Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter but went through Clearing and got a place at Middlesex University studying Sport and Exercise Science, with a specialism in Strength and Conditioning.
What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?
After receiving my A level results, I found out I did not meet the entry requirements for my first and second choice. As I was unable to retake my A Levels, I decided that going through Clearing would be the best option for me.
Did you do any preparation or research before Results Day?
Prior to Results Day, I had only spent time researching my first and second choice.
Who helped you go through Clearing?
I had quite a lot of help and support from my sister researching my options during Clearing.
How did you find out what courses were available?
I researched universities that were offering Sport and Exercise degrees on the UCAS website. I knew I wanted a career in strength and conditioning, so Middlesex immediately stood out to me.
What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?
Through my research, I was aware of a number of industry experts who lectured at Middlesex, including Chris Bishop who had great links with the UKSCA. In addition, the opportunity to study in London where work placements were more readily available made Middlesex the ideal place to study.
Did you attend a university Clearing Open Day, if so did you find it useful?
I was unable to attend an Open Day, however I did manage to visit the university before I started to have a look around the campus. Whilst here, I managed to have a look at the gym facilities. As I’m a competitive weightlifter, this was crucial in making my final decision.
Did you find a place to live easily?
In the first year I lived in Unite Olympic Way, the newly developed halls in Wembley. Luckily, the university offered guaranteed accommodation to all first-year undergraduate students.
How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Middlesex, the course content has been varied and I have been challenged throughout the three years. I have made contacts in the industry and met amazing friends who I will remain in contact with for life. I have been lucky to undertake a season long placement with Fulham football club, working as a strength and conditioning coach with the academy. Here, I learnt what it is like to work in the real world, and how to work within an interdisciplinary team.
What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?
Leading up to results day I would advise students not to worry about their results. Whatever the outcome there is always a path to your end goal, and wherever you end up you’ll have a great time and meet amazing people.
Jesse originally applied to study Sport and Exercise Science at Exeter but went through Clearing and got at place at Middlesex University studying Sport and Exercise Science, with a specialism in Strength and Conditioning.