Tell us your story: why did you come through adjustment or clearing?
I was lucky enough to be holding two places to study medicine, but unfortunately my A-level music grade let me down. After a re-mark came back unchanged I had to evaluate other options. I knew that I wouldn’t get a clearing place for medicine, and that even if I took a gap year and re-sat exams, I wouldn’t be a particularly favourable candidate and it would severely limit my choice of medical schools. I decided to look for clearing places for life science degrees that would allow me to re-apply to medical school as a prospective graduate.
What made you choose Lancaster University?
I live not too far from Lancaster, and being so close I could live at home whilst studying, which was ideal seeing as I knew I wanted to do a second degree and needed to save all the money I could! I was also particularly attracted to the prospect of studying abroad, an opportunity I never thought I’d have studying medicine. I knew that Lancaster had a fantastic study abroad programme, and it was this that really firmed my decision.
What are your top tips for students going through Clearing?
- Don’t panic! It may seem like it at the time, but it isn’t the end of the world. Plenty of other people are going through the same thing, and there are often many ways of reaching your end goal, whatever that may be.
- Applying through clearing does not mean that you have “failed”. Try to look for the positives - Lancaster is a top 10 university, and offers fantastic opportunities.
- Keep searching until you find something you’re happy with, even if that isn’t taking a place through clearing. Going to university is a big decision, and it’s important that it’s the right decision for you.
Now you’re here, what do you enjoy most about studying at Lancaster?
- I loved the study abroad component of my degree. It gave me so many opportunities I know I wouldn’t have had doing anything else.
- The teaching at Lancaster is excellent. My lectures, workshops and lab sessions have always been interesting and engaging.
- The campus environment is great. Lancaster is a really friendly place to study, and there’s always lots going on.
What advice would you give to students considering Lancaster University?
Read the prospectus, search the website, call up and talk to someone about the course you’re interested in. Take your time to make the right decision, but Lancaster is absolutely an option worth exploring.