Alternatives, advice and… an A*? – Gabriel’s story

For me, thoughts of going into Clearing began after exams. I began to assess my degree choice and whether it was suited to what I wanted to do after university – I’d firmed and insured two different institutions, doing chemical engineering at both. In the period after exams, I had more time on my hands …

When plan B pays off – Honor’s story

In the run up to results day I was anxious, but I was also very good at pushing that worry to the back of my mind. I knew there was a high possibility that I hadn’t gotten the grades I needed … yet I did my best to ignore everything about results day and almost …

Plan for every outcome – Emma’s story

I’d never heard of Clearing or Adjustment before I went through it myself. I hadn’t got very good grades at AS and was planning on taking a gap year, as I thought my A2s would go the same way. I hadn’t applied to any universities, but my school made me write a personal statement as …

The new plan A – Honor’s tips for Clearing

Finding out you haven’t got the grades you wanted is hard, but sometimes pushing through and going ahead with plan B can be even harder. When I found myself studying biology instead of medicine, it took me a while to come to terms with my new path. But, after finishing my first year, I think …

Look around and be ambitious – Judit’s Clearing story

I am a first-year international student from Hong Kong, who studied A levels in the UK. My A level years were the most stressful two years of my life: in addition of being an international student, I had to put extra effort into my studies due to the language barrier. I re-sat many of my …

Remember the three Ps – Emma’s tips for Clearing and Adjustment

If you’re feeling nervous about your results, I’d suggest making a plan for every situation, no matter how unlikely they seem. If you don’t quite get what you needed, or if you surprise yourself, there are endless possibilities and routes for you to take. Always take note of the courses and universities you are interested …

Do your research! – Gabriel’s tips for Adjustment

From my experience, if you change your mind about the degree you want to do or the university you want to go to, you should keep these points in mind: Make sure you thoroughly research the degrees or universities you are thinking of changing to, to make sure they’re the right choice for you, well …

I had to go with my guts – Najiha’s Adjustment story

What do you do when you have a hunch telling you to give up your unconditionally offered firm choice at the very minute you hold your A level results? You follow it. I exceeded my grades for my firm choice and decided that I could do better and apply for Adjustment at the University of …

Everything happens for a reason – Jimena from El Salvador

A year back from now, I was preparing to sit my IB exams. I spent every day revising and worrying about results since it would dictate what my future holds. I was optimistic and hopeful that I would go to a top 5 university. Unfortunately, life isn’t always as we plan it to be, and …

Clearing: as easy as Pi…mm’s – Danielle’s tips

‘Freedom’, you think, as you take your first sip of Pimm’s in your local beer garden. You’ve finished your A levels, the sun is shining and you’ve literally never felt this free. Well, not since you finished your GCSEs. But you’re an adult now, and can celebrate like one too … sorry if you’re 17. …