Clearing enabled Megan to study a joint degree
Megan, from Winchester, didn't achieve the grades she needed to study a single honours degree. However, through Clearing, she found a place on a joint degree, BA Art and English Literature, at the University of Reading.
What circumstances led you to applying for university through Clearing and Adjustment?
"I entered Clearing as I did not achieve the required grades for my top university choices. "
Did you carry out any research ahead of results day?
"Yes, I did. I had an A3 page with all the names and contact numbers of optional universities which I could go to if I dropped a grade and had to enter Clearing."
Why did you choose the course you enrolled on?
"Throughout the university application process, I was always undecided between which discipline I wanted to take into further education — either Fine Art or English. Clearing made this easy for me as Reading offered me a place on a joint degree. I was happy that my course allowed me to keep learning about literature, creative writing, and art, as these are all passions of mine."
Did you attend a University Open Day, and if so, did you find it useful?
"Yes, I went to a University Clearing Open Day. This was really helpful as it gave me an insight into the accommodation I would be living in, the campus, my studio, and the English Department. Also, it was a really nice welcome to the University and helped me gain lots of helpful advice from students."
How has your time at Reading been, and have you enjoyed your course?
"I have thoroughly enjoyed both my time at the University of Reading and my course. I have made so many great friends through university, and also my Study Abroad experience at Aarhus University, Denmark. I have especially enjoyed learning a broad spectrum of topics, from digital art skills to Shakespeare's plays."
What would be your top tip for students in the lead-up to results day?
"Don't forget to be open to different options of where you could go — you never know where you'll have the best time."