Published: 18 July 2017
Getting into university through Clearing isn’t the daunting process you might think it is. It can be fantastic opportunity to join a university you might not have considered before – perhaps a life-changing one like the University of Sunderland.
You may have just missed out on the grades you needed, done better than you expected, or decided university is for you at the last minute, but no matter the reason, joining us through Clearing is easy. Here are some of the top reasons why Clearing could be a life-changing opportunity...
You’re not alone
Firstly, it’s important to remember you’re not the only one coming through the Clearing process. According to UCAS, just under 65,000 students found a university place through Clearing last year, which is just over a tenth of all university acceptances in 2016! Here at Sunderland, you’ll feel welcome from the word go – our Clearing team are on hand to answer any questions you might have, and that support extends throughout your time with us and even beyond the day you graduate. We’re known as the friendly University, and our support services are second-to-none.
University is a home from home
For many students, going to University is their first time away from home as they move into student halls. Coming through Clearing is no obstacle to this – you can still join potential friends for life in halls in September. In fact, at Sunderland, all students who come through Clearing are guaranteed accommodation at one of our four excellent residencies, so arranging it at the last minute is nowhere near as stressful as you might think. Add this to the fact that our rent prices are among the best value in the UK to include heating, lighting, water, fuel, Wi-Fi and personal possessions insurance and you'll be wondering why you ever considered going anywhere else! We know moving away to university is one of the biggest and most exciting decisions you’ll ever make, and you’ll find a home from home at Sunderland.
Financial support is available
There’s no getting away from it, University is a big investment, but it might not be quite as expensive as you think. We’re here to support you with your finances in every possible way, and we offer generous scholarships and grants, including cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.
You can still secure your dream career
Having just missed the A-level grades needed for his first-choice university, and almost on the verge of giving up his dream to study Broadcast Journalism, Calum Hider entered the Clearing process reluctantly:
“I started looking around at various university websites and when I looked at the facilities at Sunderland that was it. I decided that Sunderland was where I wanted to be and I successfully applied through Clearing. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made - I just had to travel a little further north!”
Calum Hider - BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism
Calum threw himself into university life and went on to achieve a 2:1 in Broadcast Journalism. Whether you didn’t quite get the grades you needed or want to take the next step in your career, Clearing can be the opportunity you need to secure the job you’ve always dreamed of.