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Making the final choice

Clearing success story: Bournemouth

Read about Jamie and Connor's experiences of getting a place through Clearing at Bournemouth University.

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Jamie is studying a BSc (Hons) Forensic Science at Bournemouth University.

What degree did you originally apply for and where?

BSc Maths and Music at Leeds University.

Why did you use Clearing?

I changed my mind about what I wanted to study. I realised I didn’t want to study Maths. I was good at it and so when others told me to study it at uni, I decided it was the easy option and to just go for it.

Why did you choose Forensic Science at Bournemouth?

I’d wanted to study forensics from a probably disturbing young age, so my mum suggested I look at those courses and thus I found the one I’m on.

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

I did, on the day after results day. It was really helpful to see the campus, surrounding area and accommodation.

Did you find accommodation easily?

Bournemouth guaranteed accommodation, which was really attractive to me, and I ended up in a really nice accommodation block with lovely flatmates.

How was your university experience?

I am so excited to come back in September and carry on with the course. It’s so interesting and I have such a passion for the subject that I completely forgot about.


Connor is studying BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance at Bournemouth University.

What degree did you originally apply for and where?

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Business Portsmouth University 

Why did you use Clearing? 

I wanted to stay at home. I realising I had a second chance through Clearing, so went for it.

Why did you choose Accounting & Finance at Bournemouth?

There are lots of great facilities at the uni. I have lots of older friends who recommend the library and the support you get from the student union and the overall look and vibe from the uni on open day. 

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

I attended an open day in July and was impressed by the campus. 

Did you find accommodation easily? 

Yes, as a local, I found a place to move closer to the uni in Branksome. 

How was your university experience?

Excellent! Lots of support from my lecturers and fast responses from emails. Varied lecture times allow me to balance a job and a social life too.

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