Students' Clearing stories

Declan

Studying: Media and Communications

When did you apply via Clearing? 
I applied after results day.

How did you find the help you received via the GCU Clearing helpline? 
Outstanding. In an incredibly high-pressure situation, the staff were kind, considerate, and treated me like my presence at GCU was really desired. Having had good grades in my HND-level course, it felt brilliant to have that pay off by how quickly the whole process was started and finished. 

Do you feel you made the right choice in choosing GCU? 
Yes 

What makes you feel like GCU was the right choice for you? 
It's easy for students to be angsty about their choices when uni ends and perhaps jobs aren't forthcoming, but none of my friends had a bad word to say about GCU. That was a big deal to me, and something that carried a lot of weight when I was making my choice. 

What is your biggest lesson learned to date?  
As someone who completed a Journalism HND at college, but did not chose this for my degree, I'd just encourage people to be self-indulgent with their choices.  Media was the correct choice for me because of the diversity of modules and learning materials. I'm very relieved that I made the selfish choice to pick a degree I wanted, rather than hone in on the thing I was strictly good at, to the detriment of my enjoyment. 

What advice would you give to someone considering applying to GCU via Clearing? 
It's never too late! And that if you've done good at college level, that's absolutely something to be respected, and the staff at GCU will respect it. And don't be afraid to divert slightly from the subjects you were studying previously. 

Ask Declan a question about his Clearing experience.

 

 

Sara

Studying: Biological Sciences  

When did you apply via Clearing? 
I applied after results day. 

How did you find the help you received via the GCU Clearing helpline?  
As I called the GCU Clearing helpline, I immediately felt welcome. The speaker answered all my questions and gave clear instructions. They also remained patient even when I asked them multiple times to repeat what they had just said, as I was not used to the accent just yet!

Why did you choose GCU? 
I was looking for a course that would be related to biology or other life sciences. I did not get into the university of my first choice. That is why I started looking for courses via Clearing. I was torn between a Biological Sciences course at GCU and a Biomedical Sciences one at a different university, as I was given an offer from both.

After further research, I made up my mind and chose GCU. Part of the reason was that I found the Biological Sciences course more personally appealing. But also, I have fallen in love with Glasgow as a city and the prospect of countless opportunities that seemed to wait behind every corner on GCU left me with no further doubt. 

Do you feel you made the right choice in choosing GCU? 
Yes 

What makes you feel like GCU was the right choice for you? 
I was looking for a university that is full of ambitious people and staff that really care about their students. I was also searching for a course that would give me a wide range of opportunities after graduation. I feel like I have found all of that at GCU.

I feel very supported in this difficult worldwide situation. The staff made sure that I know who I can contact if I ever just feel like talking – and that I do not have to worry about anything that is not up to me, that I cannot control.

I love how the feedback is always constructive. But also, that I get 100% positive feedback when I actually did something very well. It just feels that this University is so much more than just the buildings. 

What is your biggest lesson learned to date? 
I am now heading toward the end of first year at GCU and I have to say that I feel much more ambitious than ever.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying to GCU via Clearing? 
I would say: go for it! There is nothing odd about applying through Clearing. And GCU? Definitely yes!

I am proud to be part of the University for the Common Good because...
For me, coming to GCU was the biggest step I have ever taken in my life. I can only say that I feel the adventure starting here and after this step, I feel like I am ready for any challenge.

 

Harry

Studying: Computer Games Design 

When did you apply via Clearing? 
I applied after results day. 

How did you find the help you received via the GCU Clearing helpline?  
During the time of calling up and asking about Clearing, I was in the process of moving out. This, as anyone knows, can be a very stressful and difficult time for people and being on the phone talking about my future for the next four years can sound like an added hassle.

Regardless of this, the GCU Clearing helpline was beyond helpful, giving me information quickly and clearly. I am very appreciative of the team behind the helpline as, without their help, I doubt I would be at GCU now. 

Why did you choose GCU? 
I originally had plans to study games programming at a different university, but due to complications, I had to revoke my application. This left me in a position of not having a plan for the year ahead and I would have had to start looking for a job.

While searching, I was helped by family members who found me a couple of choices in Clearing that I could apply for, as the idea of a secure education was a lot more appealing. It was there that we found out about GCU and the games design course and, out of all the choices I had, it was the most appealing. 

Do you feel you made the right choice in choosing GCU? 
Yes 

What makes you feel like GCU was the right choice for you? 
After attending GCU for a week, I had begun to really enjoy my classes. They were teaching things that I had a genuine interested in and things that would help me once I’m in the real world.

The teachers do a great job of supporting the students and helping wherever we need, and the friends I've made through this course – but not limited to my course – are friends that I’ll have for life. 

What is your biggest lesson learned to date? 
My biggest lesson is to keep on open mind, especially when planning your future. The biggest thing to take away this year is that things can change drastically, sometimes for the good and other times not so much.

If I stuck to my original plans, I don't know where I would be – but I know I wouldn't have had the opportunities I have been given through GCU. 

What advice would you give to someone considering applying to GCU via Clearing? 
GCU is a prestigious University with something for everyone and if you get the opportunity, then I don't see why not. 

I am proud to be part of the University for the Common Good because...  

I think that GCU has given me opportunities that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. It has given me friends that I would have never normally made, and more importantly, it's given me a future – a plan for what's next in my life, and that isn't an easy thing to find. 

 

Tamara

Studying: International Fashion Branding 

When did you apply via Clearing? 
I applied after results day. 

How did you find the help you received via the GCU Clearing helpline?  
Exceptional! 

Why did you choose GCU? 
It has a tremendous reputation and I’m interested in the links the University has with New York. 

Do you feel you made the right choice in choosing GCU? 
Yes.

What makes you feel like GCU was the right choice for you? 
I was impressed with the University its links within the community. The Common Good also appealed to me.

What is your biggest lesson learned to date? 
I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I do. The University has handled the pandemic particularly well and I don't feel as though I have missed out on anything. 

What advice would you give to someone considering applying to GCU via Clearing? 
Definitely apply. The process is very clear and straightforward, with plenty of support along the way.