Hear from current students who secured their place at Exeter through Clearing.
Jasmine Hui, Hong Kong, BA Liberal Arts, Streatham
I couldn't meet the requirements for my chosen subject in local universities, and I didn’t want to spend 3 years studying a subject I wasn’t utterly passionate about, so I turned to Clearing for more options.
It;s normal to be worried because it means you care, just be patient as the Admissions Team handles a high volume of emails and calls. If I could go back and give advice to my younger self, I would tell her not to panic and the wait will be over soon.
I am absolutely loving my university life now and wouldn’t want it any other way.
Emma Scott, English with Study Abroad, Penryn
I applied through Clearing after not meeting the offer of my firm choice university by three marks. With my results being so close, I wasn’t sure whether to resit exams or just keep going. I chose to keep going because resitting exams would feel like going backwards, and I needed some forward movement after being at the same school since year 6.
Although I looked at options before results day, I was still apprehensive about Clearing. During the actual process, talking on the phone was quite tense, but having lots of information written down in front of me really helped. It also helped that after the initial phone call, they emailed with their offers rather than calling back. Securing places through Clearing felt strangely easy after all of the stress of exams in order to do the same thing.
Owen McCarthy, Renewable Energy, Penryn
I ended up in clearing after missing the entry conditions for MEng Energy Engineering. I had an insurance place but didn’t feel I’d be as happy as I would be (and am) at Penryn. I was nervous once I released from my insurance choice but knew I was making the right decision. I found keeping busy during the times I was waiting for a response was useful to remain calm.
I phoned on results day to see whether there were any similar courses I could go to at Penryn, BSc Renewable Energy was available and after a few helpful emails and calls I had a place, I couldn’t be happier! First year has been amazing - I became student rep for my course and took up many interesting opportunities I’d have missed out on if I hadn't gone through clearing.
Rad Andres, LLB, Streatham
As a non-EU applicant, I was not familiar with clearing. I made a last minute decision to study in the UK. It was only then that I found out about the process. I was under a lot of pressure, but I realised the clearing process was rather simple. So I just rolled up my sleeves and got to work. I knew which university and course I wanted and the grades needed to get in. I applied through UCAS and emailed the University of Exeter.
I knew I was in a precarious situation given the extra difficulties faced by non-EU applicants. Hence, I decided to phone the admissions office. As soon as I did, I was offered a place. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Being able to study in the University of Exeter is one of the most gratifying experiences.
Robert Evans, Civil Engineering, Streatham
I ended up at Exeter through clearing having narrowly missed both my firm and backup offers.
I quickly started the clearing process and it was relieving to retake control and be proactive. The people I spoke to on the phone were especially accommodating and welcoming. It was heartening hear their enthusiasm as it reignited the excitement that I'd originally felt at the prospect of university. In a way, securing my place through clearing was almost more satisfying than originally receiving an offer as it was achieved through direct interaction.
Since then, I’ve had an unbelievably enjoyable first year and a wholly positive experience. The most important lesson learned was just to phone, ask and be proactive.
Georgina Dick, Liberal Arts with Study Abroad, Streatham
I had already decided that I wanted to change to liberal arts before A Level results day, but when I looked at changing there had been no places. On the morning of results day I called up first thing and luckily for me there was availability through Clearing!
It was easy as the admissions team are friendly and on your side, they really try to help you get where you want to go. There was just a simple application form online and they reassured me that as I had the grade requirements, all should be fine. It can be a stressful experience as there is so much uncertainty, but with this approach I knew exactly where I stood throughout the chaos of results day. It just goes to show how great the student support is at Exeter and why the student satisfaction is so high.
Julia Pasorova, Medicine
Studying medicine had always been my dream but because of the competitive nature of this course I struggled to secure a place. My application was rejected in March and I was placed on a waiting list. At this point I started rethinking my options and believed that medicine was not destined to happen for me.
In August, I received a call from Exeter University. The lady explained to me that there was place for me if I still wanted it. That phone call literally changed the pathway of my life. It was one of the happiest moments ever. Now I am about to finish the first year of my medical degree. If I can give students in the same situation as me a year ago any advice, it would be this: clearing is absolutely worth the wait!