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Clearing success story: Birmingham City University

Find out about Natalie's experience of getting a place through Clearing to study Media and Communication at Birmingham City University.

BCU Clearing student Natalie

What degree did you originally apply for and where? 

Initially I chose English and Journalism. This is where I first discovered public relations through a Journalism module which led me to change direction towards a new area within media. The university made switching modules really simple and straightforward, by allowing me to complete my second year as a Public Relations student rather than resitting the first year. 

Why did you use Clearing? 

I wanted to see the types of courses I'd missed out on through the rush of filling in my UCAS application. I hadn't considered BCU previously  my school encouraged me to apply for universities that didn't really provide vocational course options, that would allow you to go straight into a job related to your desired industry. 

Why did you choose Media and Communications at BCU?

The high employability rates following graduation. So many students fall into unemployment upon graduating because they believe that a degree is the only requirement needed to go into your desired career. BCU provides opportunities for practice-based learning that will essentially build your confidence within the industry, as well as your network. 

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Did you attend a Clearing open day? How was it?

I didn't need to. The Clearing hotline process was both seamless and reassuring, especially after not receiving my desired grades on results day. The person on the other end of the line was really supportive and keen to provide extra information on the course that I needed. 

Did you find accommodation easily? 

I commuted from home. I chose not to live away from home purely to save money. This didn't take away from my university experience at all, it just meant that I had more money for the university bar crawls. 

Have you enjoyed your course and time at uni?

I wish I'd have completed my Master’s (maybe next year), but, yes - absolutely! The tutors were incredibly supportive and approachable throughout my entire three years and without them, I wouldn't have landed my dream role today as a Communications and PR Officer. Not to mention all of the amazing lifelong friendships made and comedy gold memories that make me want to come back to BCU.

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