Issue date: 08 August 2006
Jenny Coates from Downend in Bristol, a second year French and Marketing student at the University of the West of England found a new direction and a new subject she really enjoys, despite not getting her expected grades and missing out on her first choice university.
Jenny, who studied at Colston's Collegiate in Stapleton in Bristol, needed a B in French to study French at her first choice, University of Bristol, and she says there were plenty of tears when her results came through, “I got a C in French, a C in German and a B in English Literature. I phoned my first choice and they said they wouldn't accept me on the course. I went on holiday straight after this and had a couple of weeks to think about things. I did consider taking a year out, but decided that I didn't want to delay going to University. As I didn't have a second and third choice option I needed to rethink very fast.
“I was committed to staying in Bristol and my boyfriend's parents who are both teachers helped me to think about my options. I hadn't really considered UWE before, but once I looked at the website and saw the possibility of combining French with another subject I was really interested.
“The clearing process was excellent, the staff were really helpful and discussed all the available options for me to study at UWE. They seemed genuinely enthusiastic about my future at UWE, they reassured me and found me the place on the course that I wanted to do.
“I chose to do French and Marketing and this combination really suits me. I really enjoy the marketing, and the module options within the French are modern and interesting. I am really pleased I have chosen this course as it is more vocational and it will give me good employment opportunities at the end.”
“I am 100% sure that I made the right choice to come to UWE. I would say to anyone who may be facing the prospect of clearing – keep your eyes open and think through what you want. Don't jump at the first thing but shop around. There are a lot of new and interesting courses out there and many of them reflect the job market. You never know, you might find yourself heading in a new direction!”
Visual of Jenny available upon request to the press office.