Clearing success story: Leeds Trinity
Read about Ammarah's experience of getting a place through Clearing to study Sports Psychology at Leeds Trinity University.
What degree did you originally apply for and where?
I originally applied for a Sport Psychology (BSc) at Loughborough University.
Why did you use Clearing?
I entered Clearing as I missed my conditional offer by two grades, so I used this platform to look at which universities had spaces on their courses. This is where I found that Leeds Trinity offered a Sport Psychology BSc and decided to call to register my interest on the programme. At the time, I was debating between a variety of approaches, such as re-taking one of my A Levels and entering the working world, as well as going to university – so looking at Clearing options helped me to make a decision on my next steps.
Why did you choose Sports Psychology at Leeds Trinity University?
I wanted to stick to the Sport Psychology (BSc) course as I have always been interested in the way psychology can be applied to the sporting context, particularly as I’ve been involved in sport for as long as I can remember! I chose to settle on the course at Leeds Trinity University specifically due to its accreditation by the British Psychological Society.
I didn’t actually know a university so close to home offered the course I was interested in. At the time, I had my eyes set on just one institution so I (foolishly) didn’t do as much research about others as I could have done!
In addition, I was also very excited to be able to undertake placements in my first and second year and use them as networking opportunities.
Did you attend a Clearing open day? How was it?
I didn’t attend a Clearing Open Day, but I did do research on universities through speaking to friends, communicating with staff through emails and using different online resources. However, I would definitely recommend attending an open day if you can, as it can really give you the vibe of the university.
Did you find accommodation easily?
One of the reasons I chose Leeds Trinity University was because it was close to home. As everything at the time felt uncertain, I felt staying at home gave me the security I needed.
How was your university experience?
I am so grateful for the way things have turned out. I have learnt so much and have had the chance to experience things I never otherwise would have (last summer I volunteered in South Africa and created my own society, which evolved into the BAME society!) I have also had the privilege of working as a Student Ambassador for three years, which accounts for some of my best memories at Leeds Trinity and I also really enjoyed the varied assessment methods on my course, including presentations and case studies, rather than 100% exams.