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“It was like a light-switch moment for me.”

Watch Grace’s Clearing story

Clearing – as told by our students

Finding your place at university through Clearing or Adjustment is different for everyone – whether it’s something you’ve been planning on for a while or a decision you make on results day. That’s why we asked students to share their Clearing experiences and you can see their stories below. 

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The BU Clearing story

Many students join us through Clearing and make BU their uni. Hear their stories.
Kenneth, BU Accounting and Finance student

Kenneth’s story

Kenneth never thought he could achieve the grades for university so never sent off his application. But on results day, he took a chance with BU through Clearing and now studies Accounting and Finance.
Kate, BU student

Kate’s story

Kate tells you her story and how BU was a match made in Clearing.
Grace Cookson, Nursing student

Grace’s story

Through Clearing, Grace was able to realise her dream of becoming a student adult nurse.
Gabriella, BU Psychology student

Gabriella’s story

Final-year Psychology student Gabriella reflects on her life-changing university experience, all made possible through Clearing.
Niall, BU student

Niall’s story

Niall tells you about moving to Bournemouth from his small home town in Northern Ireland and how he's 'living the dream'.

Hear from our students in our Clearing podcast playlist

Clearing questions answered

What if you already know your firm choice isn’t for you?

You’re not alone. That’s exactly what happened to BA (Hons) Film student Toby, who’s now loving his course at BU.

“I realised I really wasn’t happy with my university or course choice. When you get your results and you get into your first choice of university you should feel happy and excited, but instead I found myself making many distressed phone calls to friends and family. I decided having a look online wasn’t committing to anything so I searched ‘Clearing’ into Google.”

Read more about Toby's Clearing story or find a place in Clearing

How do you deal with a bad start to results day?

Finance and Business student Grace woke up to find out she hadn’t got in to her firm or insurance choices, but after to speaking to BU, she found her match in Clearing.


What if you suspect your results won’t be as good as you’d hoped?

BSc (Hons) Games Technology graduate Ben knew his exams hadn’t gone as well as he’d have liked, but he registered for updates on Clearing so he was prepared on results day.

Ben Russell, BU student

“My advice for any students who are feeling nervous about Clearing is to make a back-up plan regardless of how well your exams went, and to make choices based on what you really enjoy.”

Ben Russell, BU student. Find out more about Ben’s Clearing story or find a place in Clearing

Q: What if you’re worried about facing more application stress?

Don’t be put off. Clearing might seem like a daunting option if you’ve already been through the application process once – but Forensic Science student Shaay’s story shows what you can achieve with some perseverance.


Does joining through Clearing make any difference to your overall uni experience?

In a word, no. BSc (Hons) Geography student Basil hadn’t planned on going to university in the UK, but Clearing was an opportunity he’s glad not to have missed out on.

Basil, BU student

“Going to university in Bournemouth has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve met some of my closest friends and am now the Vice President of the University Boat Club.”

Basil Rhadhi, BSc (Hons) Geography student. Read his blog to find out more.

What emotions do you feel when you’re in Clearing?

Psychology student Betty and English student Lily run through their Clearing experiences and the emotions that come with it!