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My Clearing experience

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Published: June 1, 2018

Hi, I'm Alastair, a third-year Criminology student here at the university. I came through Clearing myself so I understand that it can be a stressful time, but it's important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Students in class

Students in class

I applied through clearing as a mature student (students over the age of 21). I was unsure at first what course would be best suited for me as I eventually wanted a career in the police. My experience is a lot different to others as I already had my qualifications from a few years back.  I had attended university before and dropped out from a course that just wasn't for me and initially thought this would go against me, but I'm happy to say it didn't.

The whole clearing process with the University of Sunderland was very laid back and the staff were very friendly, helpful and outgoing.

We discussed my qualifications that were able to access via UCAS and assessed my suitability for the course all on the phone. Initially my plan was to study Law, however, I changed my mind and chose Criminology instead.

I have not looked back since and I am now going into my third and final year. I could not thank the University of Sunderland more for their help during clearing, and for giving me the opportunity. 



Alastair Scott,
Criminology student

Topic: Advice and tips