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Jack's Clearing Story
“I had my heart set on coming to Manchester, so I rang the Manchester Met Clearing number”
I’m 20 years old and I’m from Bury in Greater Manchester.
I applied to Manchester Metropolitan University to study BSc (Hons) Chemistry but I found out, on A-level results day, that I didn’t meet the requirements for my conditional offer. I was predicted an A in chemistry but I got a D, which was a shock as I’d achieved a grade B at AS-level.
Luckily, I had an email from Manchester Met on the morning of A-level results day, saying that although I hadn’t got a place on the BSc (Hons) Chemistry, they could give me an unconditional offer on the foundation year for chemistry.
I had my heart set on coming to Manchester Met from the beginning, so I was relieved that I could start the foundation course in September.
I rang the Clearing number for reassurance that I would be accepted on the BSc (Hons) Chemistry after I passed my foundation course. The option to accept the unconditional offer for the foundation year was available on UCAS straight away and, once I accepted it, my place was confirmed. I also amended my student finance, which was really straightforward.
I wanted to come to Manchester Met since I was at college. I came on a visit day and met the chemistry tutors, so I felt very comfortable by the time it came to applying. After my offer came through, I visited again with my mum so she could see the university too. There was a welcome talk and we had a campus tour.
I would definitely recommend attending a Clearing visit day if you get the chance to.
My foundation year was similar to taking A-levels but with a lot more detail, plus the teaching was really good. It definitely set me up well for the first year of my degree and gave me the confidence I needed after I didn’t get the results I was expecting. I got the chance to do an academic skills module and data analysis on the foundation year, which gave me a good advantage, as well as extra maths skills, which was something I struggled with in college.
In my foundation year, I passed the course with 98% and I’m on track to get a first this year.
I live near Manchester, so I’ve always visited since being little but I feel like I know the city so much better now. My favourite place is the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield - I volunteered there after receiving an email about it from one of my lecturers, Dr Monroe (she’s amazing).
My favourite thing about Manchester Met is the community feel. There’s so much to do on campus and it helps me to socialise - I joined a book club and a fitness club. I also love that there’s a 24 hour library (which has a really good view of the park).
Another great thing about Manchester Met is Jobs4Students where you get paid for doing professional roles on campus. I take people on campus tours and get to meet students who are thinking of studying here. I also give them lots of good tips on good places to eat in Manchester when they’ve finished their tour. It’s flexible around your studies and it pays well.
When I finish my degree, I want to study on the PGCE Secondary Chemistry at Manchester Met as I’d like to be a teacher. I have had brilliant chemistry teachers and they have inspired me.
I’m 19 years old and I’m from Poulton Le Fylde which is near Blackpool.
I anticipated not getting the grades I needed to meet my original offers so, in July, one month before A-level results day, I researched universities I’d like to study at and Manchester Met was one of these choices. My mum was really helpful with my decision and helped me research which course would be best for me. She liked that Manchester Met was fairly close to home, thought my course looked really interesting and I’d be good at it.
After researching, I was offered a place on a foundation year business course at another university, but I’d already made up my mind that I wanted to study at Manchester Met. I chose the business foundation course here instead.
I called the Clearing helpline and spoke to an advisor at 9:00am and by 10:00am the lecturer confirmed my place. On the phone, I let the advisor know my results, the course I’d like to study and then, I believe, Manchester Met is quite unique in that they transferred me to a tutor who gives an in-depth overview of the course and then offered me a place. I was sent an official Confirmation email later that day.
The Clearing process is straightforward.
Changing my student finance was easy and I only needed to change my course and university name through UCAS. I also needed to arrange my student accommodation as I wanted to move out (results day is a really busy day). I was put on the accommodation waiting list for my first choice, which was one of the Birley Townhouses. Luckily, I got a call a few weeks later to say that I was moving in.
I didn’t attend a Clearing visit day, but I’d recommend that others attend to get a tour of the accommodation.
It would have been good to look around student accommodation before I started university, but I got my first choice of accommodation through the waiting list and it’s really nice! My flat is about a 10-minute walk from the Business School where most of my lectures and seminars are. I love the campus and everything is so close together.
I love that the University offer paid jobs on campus.
I’ve done so many roles through Jobs4Students (jobs at Manchester Met for Manchester Met students), including working at the events during science week, promoting the National Students’ Survey, I worked at the poetry dinner and I’m on the Student Ambassador Scheme which involves working on open days and accommodation tours. I want to be a residential adviser (RA) next year as the RA’s helped me so when I first started and helped me settle in.
I’m not sure what I want to do in the future but I’ve got a couple of years to come up with a career plan. My business degree will allow me to have a broad range of options.
I’m 23 years old and I’m from Burgess Hill which is near Brighton. I originally chose two other universities as my firm and insurance choice to study zoology. I think I needed grades ABB. All summer, I hadn’t even thought of what I would do if I didn’t get the grades, but the day before A-level results day, I had a quick look at UCAS Clearing. On the morning of A-level results day, I found out I didn’t get into my firm choice university. My mum and I decided to go to college to collect my results and go from there. My results were BBC.
My very first thought was that I might have to take a year out, but then I started looking into what would be available in Clearing.
I had my heart set on coming to Manchester so I rang the Manchester Met Clearing helpline, which I found on the website.
The Clearing helpline will be really busy so don’t panic when you hear which number you are in the queue - it doesn’t mean that everybody will get on courses before you, as some people won’t meet the requirements of the courses. When you get through, the staff are all really friendly and they do understand that you aren’t having your best day so they make it as easy as possible for you.
They will ask what your grades are and if you know what course you want to do. When I was going through Clearing, they didn’t offer zoology (they do now!) so they told me about the related courses, including wildlife biology, which actually sounded even better to me than zoology! (At Manchester Met, my course even had the option of a placement year with one year’s paid work experience in between my degree and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made!) The university confirm your results with UCAS, so you don’t need to send them anything. It was all really quick and one of the lecturers from the department speaks to you more about the course, which I think is a nice touch.
A couple of hours after the Clearing call, I had an email with official Confirmation of my place at Manchester Met and that’s when I went out to celebrate with my friends and family!
In the Confirmation email, there is also a link to the student accommodation and there were two options left that year. I didn’t get to view them as I live so far away, but I did some research online, filled in the paperwork and was allocated a room so it was all fairly straightforward.
On A-level results day when I had my official Confirmation, I was invited to a Manchester Met visit day, which was about one week after A-level results day. I would 100% recommend going to if you come to Manchester Met though Clearing. It is like a mini open day and I think it’s good to get familiar with the campus, see where you’ll study and ask any questions you may have, too.
As soon as I started at Manchester Met, I signed up with Jobs4Students (part of the careers and employability service) who offer paid professional jobs on campus. I was a student ambassador for all three years and even worked as a Clearing call centre ambassador to answer the phones to students on A-level results day and help them as I had been helped. People come through Clearing for all sorts of reasons, some people don’t get their grades, some people get better grades than they thought, some people just change their mind about which university they want to go.
I’ve finished my degree now and I’ve enjoyed Manchester Met so much that I’m doing my master’s in animal behaviour here. I’ve had an amazing experience meeting new friends, gaining more independence and I now call Manchester my home.
I’m so happy that I came to Manchester Met through Clearing - I feel like everything has worked out even better than I could have imagined.
Hi, my name is Johnny Magee and I’m the Academic Lead for Recruitment and Admissions for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I am also a lecturer for the Student Experience in the School of Art.
What research can you do to aid your understanding of our Art, Design and Media courses?
First of all understanding that all undergraduate Art courses are taught around the research interests of the staff. Coming to visit us on an open day and hearing the talks given by the teaching staff is the best way to understand the course, the subject, the approach and the resources (studios and technical areas).
Reading material online (our websites), and the important links to student work, news and events etc.
Try to figure out your understanding of the subject, and try and align this with the course we offer.
For example take filmmaking, some applicants want a technical training in the subject ... others want a creative approach. At Manchester Met our filmmaking course is a creative arts based approach to the subject.
What should you be prepared for when studying Art, Design and Media?
The chief thing here is that you are coming from a structured taught environment (School/FE College etc) into a ‘learning’ environment … Art School will provide structure, but we expect our students to lead their own learning. The benefit of this is a growing confidence in your practice and the ability to control, develop and own your work, problem solve and innovate.
What are you looking for in a couple of the key courses in terms of entry requirements?
For the School of Art, our focus has always been on the portfolio and interview. The qualifications (112 points) are really an academic measure of attainment. However, we are chiefly interested in practice and what the applicant is thinking about their practice and the direction they want to take it, and this is best understood by looking at their work and talking to them. You can find guidance on how to create your portfolio on our website.
Applying to Art School is a competitive process. Many of our applicants choose to undertake a foundation course prior to applying to Art School. This year of study focuses the mind on the subject and develops the portfolio to a more advanced level.
What else are you looking for?
The chief attribute we are looking for is ‘engagement’. This relates to two aspects:
Firstly, we want to see that the you are actively engaged and is pursuing a deeper interest in the field of study and that you have knowledge and an understanding about it.
Secondly, we like to see engagement with broader aspects of culture and life itself - this engagement is really important because it demonstrates a ‘activity’ and ‘awareness’ of the world about you and is demonstrated in volunteering, membership of clubs and societies, sports, team games, engaging in communities… (contributing) … things that connect to the world around you.
How does a candidate present themselves well to you in clearing on the phone?
Having a clarity around your choice of subject and that you know enough about that subject to be certain it’s what they wish to study. For a clearing enquiry, we will always ask the enquirer to email us a ink to their online portfolio. So anyone thinking about clearing, should have this prepared prior to contacting us. We can discuss the content of the portfolio on the phone, which constitutes an interview.
My name’s Dr Andrew Schofield and I’m the admissions tutor for our suite of Computing courses here in the Department of Computing and Mathematics. I’m also a lecturer in the subject so you’ll see me around during your course.
What research can you do to aid your understanding of our Computing courses?
I think the most important thing is to understand what the subject area is about and, in particular, how it is different to ICT. Whilst the ICT subject mainly focuses on using existing computer systems, usually to help an organisation function, the Computing subject focuses on developing computer systems, mainly by developing software. If you love the idea of creating the next generation of desktop software, websites or mobile apps then Computing is for you.
You also need to think about which area of Computing you want to go into in order to choose the right course. If you want to know the underlying theory of how computers work, how they are programmed to do things and exciting subjects such as artificial intelligence then BSc (Hons) Computer Science is for you. If you’re more interested in learning the practical aspects of software development and how this is done in organisations then our BSc (Hons) Software Engineering course would be the best fit. For a broader course which covers areas like information systems and database design and development then you’re probably best suited to BSc (Hons) Computing. These three courses have a common first year which gives you the option to change between them once you’ve realised which area you’re most interested in. We also have more specialised courses in BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology – ideal if you see yourself developing for the games industry, BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics and Security – for those of you who want to learn how to secure computer systems and to conduct forensic analysis of digital crime scenes, and BSc (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects – where you’ll learn 3D modelling, animation and compositing techniques for the film, TV and games industries.
If you’ve not got an IT or Computing background or don’t quite meet our entry requirements, it’s also worth looking into the foundation year, as this offers a route onto all of our Computing undergraduate degrees.
What should you be prepared for when studying computing?
A key skill for all our courses is problem solving and logical thinking. You’ll learn to work towards solutions in a well-planned and systematic way. With the exception of our Computer Animation and Visual Effects course, all our courses involve a significant amount of coding (including programming in Java), and maths. All these skills are in very high demand and open the doors to a variety of career paths.
What are you looking for in a couple of the key courses in terms of entry requirements?
Our entry requirements vary depending on which course you’re applying for but we are generally looking for a minimum of 104 UCAS points and applicants with a strong maths or science background. Ideally, you’ll have a qualification in the IT or Computing area as this will give you a good foundation on which to develop your knowledge and skills on our courses.
What else are you looking for?
A good, positive attitude! You’ll need enthusiasm, determination, patience and the willingness to work hard and get involved in extracurricular activities such as hackathons. Uni is a great place to make friends with like-minded people, network and make yourself stand out.
How does a candidate present themselves well to you in clearing on the phone?
Doing research into the different degree routes is impressive and definitely beneficial, especially if you’re able to tell us what areas you’re particularly interested in already – but that’s also what we’re here for - to answer all of your questions and help you find the degree that’s right for you.
My name is Neil Wilson and I am the Admissions Lead Tutor for Nursing. I am also a Senior Lecture and teach on the nursing courses.
What research should you do to aid your understanding of our nursing courses?
Make sure you check our online prospectus for the full nursing course details (Adult Nursing and Foundation Year for Nursing). This provides you with guidance for applicants in relation to personal qualities required for a successful application. We will read you UCAS application when we speak to you in clearing. It is not a problem, if you didn’t originally apply for Nursing on your original UCAS application, but you need to particularly consider the personal statement guidance listed for the nursing course, before speaking to us.
What should you be prepared for when studying nursing?
Nursing is a full-time course delivered over 42 weeks, which is equally split between practice placements and theory taught at the University. Our students find some insight or relevant work experience really helpful when preparing for the course.
What are the key requirements for the course?
Our courses have specific academic entry requirements as listed on the online prospectus. However, we are also looking for our potential students to be able to convey a caring, compassionate and enthusiastic attitude in wanting to make a difference to people’s lives. We accept students from a variety of different academic backgrounds and our student body represents the diverse nature of nursing within Greater Manchester.
How can you best represent yourself to us on the phone?
If you meet our entry requirements, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a nursing tutor on the phone. The tutor will chat to you about your desire to be considered for nursing and decide if you should be invited to a Skype interview. Skype interviews usually take place on the same day. If invited for interview, you’ll receive further information to give you every opportunity to do well at your interview. At the interview you’ll meet a nursing tutor and a practitioner who will ask you a number of questions designed to test some of your transferable qualities for nursing.
Other useful important information about our nursing courses
The Nursing courses start Monday 9th September 2019, which is a week earlier than term start for our other undergraduate courses at Manchester Met. If you need it, you can get a 52 weeks contract in our halls of residences, instead of the standard 42 weeks.