You’ll probably be hearing this all day, but it truly isn’t the end of the world if you haven’t got the grades you’re expecting. If you’ve been lucky enough to get into your firm choice, then congratulations are in order! But if not, you may be wondering exactly what to do next.
Now, I have personal experience with the Clearing/Adjustment system, but I have blogged about it before and I’m not going to bore you with that story again if you’ve already read it! But if you haven’t and are intrigued, here’s a link to it. But my point is, the advice I’m going to give you is based on my own experience – and the mistakes that I made.
1. First thing’s first, of course not getting the grades that you wanted is very disappointing, but don’t let those feelings take over your day. Stay positive! And if you’ve exceeded your target grades then use that positivity to get you through the day. Get online or on the phone – see which University’s are offering your course through clearing. Most Universities will have a list online so it’s quick and easy to find out all the information you need. Here’s the site you’ll need to find Leicester’s clearing spaces.
2. Find a way to do quick, but thorough, research on the Universities you’re considering. You may have already looked around some of the Universities if they were in your 5 UCAS choices, but it’s also possible that you won’t have done. Use their websites to find videos and pictures of the campus, accommodation and city to get a feel for where you could be spending three years of your life. And look at the course descriptions and modules too. I’ve known people to go to Universities they’ve never looked at (even in a picture!) and who have no clue what they’ll be studying other than the degree title. While this has worked out for some of them, it’s a huge gamble to take with your future.
Leicester offers a few great ways to do quick, easy research:
- Clear and simple course descriptions.
- A Youtube channel full of videos, most of which show you a range of different areas the campus and give you the opinions of current or past Leicester students.
- A Flickr page with a extensive range of photos from each hall of accommodation so you can see what sort of room you might be allocated!
3. Make sure you’re happy with your decision before you take it. It sounds like quite an obvious thing to say but it’s so easy to be influenced by league tables, friends or parents. Make sure that it’s your decision, and make sure it’s a choice you’re making based on the University’s whole package, not just one feature – like it’s academic brilliance. It could be outstanding, but if you don’t feel comfortable in the city, on the campus or in your accommodation then it could effect your happiness and your performance.
4. Go to a Clearing Open Day. Even though you’ll have hopefully made a decision through clearing by then, I would always recommend physically going to see the University. Although you’ll have possibly made your decision based on what you have seen on the website or questions you may have asked to the Clearing team, it’ll benefit you to see where you’ll be studying before you start in September. It will take away some of those pre-University nerves (and excitement I hope!) just to know that you have seen it with your own eyes and it’s not big and scary, it’s a wonderful, friendly place that you’re going to love spending the next three, four, or maybe more, years of your life. And I can definitely say that’s true of the University of Leicester.
So if you’re thinking about Leicester or you’ve already taken a place with us through Clearing, then make sure you book onto the Clearing Open Day and see for yourself!