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Bedfordshire gets ready for Clearing

Clearing 2018

Thu 9th August, 2018

With A Level results just around the corner (Thurs 16), the University of Bedfordshire is encouraging students to see Clearing as an opportunity to pursue their ambitions.

The University’s Clearing hotline will open on Thursday for those who may not have got the results they were expecting, or for those who would like to investigate what options are available to them.

Broadcast Journalism student Luke Walsh came through Clearing in 2016. Due to his autism, he found he didn’t have the freedom at school and college to pursue his ambitions.

“For me, university was beyond a dream come true. It was a fresh opportunity for me, to not only live out my dreams in studying Broadcast Journalism, but also to be far more independent in what I wanted to do and study. The Clearing process was a miracle - a lifeline I never thought I could pursue,” said Luke, who lives in Luton.

Twenty-year-old Humaira Tasnim, also from Luton, has just completed her first year studying Education Studies at the University and hopes to become a teacher when she graduates.

“I decided to do Education Studies so I can combine my love of sport and teaching. I’ve just finished my first year and it’s been really good so far. I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people and my lecturers have been very supportive, especially Kathryn Nethercott - she’s the best.”

BTEC students, many of whom get their results on the same day as A Level students this year, are also encouraged to consider university as a real possibility.

Director of Admissions at the University of Bedfordshire Bob Cozens said: “Because BTECS are more vocational than A Levels, you have probably already completed work experience in the area you are interested in. If you enjoyed that experience, why not think about a university course in that area.

“If you can show that you are passionate about your subject, and have already completed a BTEC with practical experience in that area, this will make you more employable, which is what universities want to see.”

Bob also offered practical advice to students before they pick up the phone: “Before you call us, try and find a quiet place, ideally with internet access. Make sure you have your results, Clearing number and UCAS ID number to hand, as well as a pen and paper.”

The University’s Clearing hotline number is 0300 3300 073 and the dedicated Clearing website is The Live Chat team will also be available to answer any questions about the courses available, studying at the University and university life in general.

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