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 …

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 …

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. …

Changing plans through Adjustment – Jemi from Kenya

Sitting at home, anxiety rushing through my blood, I log into UCAS and see that my firm choice had accepted me. Normally one would jump for joy but not in this case. I was bummed. I didn’t want to go so far out, I didn’t want to do the course I had got into, and …

Keep a positive attitude – Sue’s Clearing story

My name is Sue and I am studying Psychology. I was accepted into the University of Nottingham through Clearing. I remember the day I received my results: I had been nervously checking email all day, and was fully expecting an offer from my firm choice university. The minute I received an email from UCAS notifying me of …

Give it some thought… – Aiden’s tips

The summer following A level exams is spent differently by every university applicant. Whether you want to simply chill out at home, pack your bags and get away, or work to earn some money to fund your freshers’ week, there’s no right or wrong way of spending that time. Despite this, there is one thought …