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Making the final choice

Clearing success story: Salford

Read about Becky's experience of getting a place through Clearing to study Zoology at the University of Salford.

Becky used Clearing to get a place at the University of Salford

Where did you originally apply to?

My first choice was Newcastle University and my second choice was the University of Reading.

Why did you use Clearing?

When I didn’t get the grades I needed for my first and second choices, I applied to the University of Salford.

Why did you choose Zoology at Salford?

I started looking at Clearing options on results day. I called up different universities to find out what courses were available. 

I knew that I was interested in Zoology, but I was willing to go for anything Biology and Zoology-based. I told universities what I was primarily interested in and we also discussed related courses, but this made me realise that I had my heart set on Zoology.

I liked where Salford was located, and the Zoology course sounded good. I was interested in the trip in the final year, which was to Costa Rica. I went to the visit day for Clearing applicants, and made my choice from there.

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

I found Salford’s visit day for Clearing applicants really useful. I liked being able to talk to the students who were leading the tours. I liked looking around the accommodation and I felt that I could be quite at home there. It really helped my decision making.

Did you find accommodation easily?

Finding accommodation was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. On the train back from the visit day, I put down my deposit.

How was your university experience?

I’ve loved my course. It’s probably the best decision I’ve ever made. I didn’t expect to study at the University of Salford, but I couldn’t imagine myself going anywhere else now. The course was wonderful. The lecturers were fantastic – really supportive and approachable. I loved every part of my degree and I’m hoping to continue onto a master’s.

I really liked student life here. The University of Salford is located in a really great place. We went out in Manchester a lot and I had a great time. The students’ union had a really good vibe. I enjoyed going there in first year because it was right next to my halls. In our second and third years we moved further away, but would still go into Manchester and it was great.

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