Clearing was a jump worth making says UWE Sports rehab student

Issue date: 10 August 2017

Lucy Brazier came to the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) via Clearing in 2015 when she decided she wanted to develop and progress her professional life. At 18 she decided that higher education was not her 'calling' and decided to go travelling.

Lucy said, “I considered a variety of career paths when I was at college and away travelling but nothing had jumped out at me until in July 2015 I spent some time speaking with friends who had attended UWE Bristol and said great things about the university and the city of Bristol. Consequently I found myself using the UCAS clearing options web page to help me see what courses were available for a September 2015 start.

“When I read about the BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation programme I was instantly drawn to it as I had always been a sporty person and it offered fantastic opportunities for real-world experience prior to graduation.

“The application process through UCAS was simple and involved forwarding a CV and Personal Statement. UCAS keep you up to date with the electronic progress of your application and the university were prompt and offered feedback on the progress of the application once it had arrived.

“I considered an application to the same course for the following year but my excitement got the better of me. Most of the application process was performed online and I was offered a telephone interview as I was still overseas at the time. The telephone interview made the process of application faster and smoother and introduced me to the course leader. This gave me the opportunity to ask more detailed questions about the course - information you might normally come across at an open day.

“The only disadvantage of applying on spec is that there was less opportunity to view the campus or organise accommodation. I need not have worried, I was easily able to find accommodation right in the centre of Bristol and really enjoyed getting to know new people and a new city. I didn't miss out on social events and in-fact, came across other students who had come to university through clearing so I certainly wasn't alone.

"The course has been brilliant but I have also been encouraged to explore entrepreneurialism with a summer self-employed internship provided and supported by UWE Bristol's Enterprise Team. This has enabled me to learn how to write and develop a business plan and pitch it to a team of experts. I've been lucky enough to go on to win a £1000 grant and access to a business mentor to set up as a specialist strength and conditioning coach for motor racing drivers.

“I have been working with the Formula Student Society at UWE as part of an international engineering competition and I now hope to turn the experience and my initial business plan into a profit making business. This has been a really valuable experience on top of my academic studies and has broadened my outlook and real-world experience ready for when I take steps post-graduation.

“The advice I would give to anyone deciding to apply to university through Clearing is to ask as many questions as you can and don't be afraid to communicate with current and past students of your chosen university or course. The process is simple and swift and shouldn't put you off if like me, you have found your ideal course.

“For me the decision to come to UWE Bristol has been life changing and a jump well worth taking.”

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