Image shows Law student Connor HallConnor Hall Law With European Legal Systems

Age 19

Year 2

Students Grades A levels ABB (A in Law)

Although it may be worrying to find yourself having to change plans so close to starting university, clearing doesn't have to be scary. In fact for Connor Hall, a third year Law student who came to the University of East Anglia through the clearing process in 2011, it turned out to be the best option.

Connor hoped to come to UEA after attending an open day; both his firm and insurance university choices were maths courses at UEA. But in the months leading up to exam results Connor realised that he might not be as suited to the courses as he hoped, and began to consider other options.

When Connor's A level results weren't quite what he needed, he took the chance to apply through Clearing to study Law, something which he had taken at A level and enjoyed.

Connor said: "Although it was disappointing not to get the results I hoped for, I had already decided I might be better studying Law and, by applying through Clearing on results day, I secured a place at UEA where I had really wanted to study."

With his parents away on holiday, Connor faced a short but nervous wait for confirmation of his place. "I would suggest any students who find themselves going through clearing to have someone with them, for advice and support. Although it only took a phone call to UCAS and then to UEA, it is a little nerve-wracking waiting for the confirmation email!"

As Connor is spending his third year abroad in Belgium, he is confident that clearing offered him the chance to be on the right course, making his time at UEA the best it could be. "People have a negative perception of Clearing but it certainly wasn't a bad thing for me. I am on a course which many people apply and compete to be on each year showing Clearing can still lead to a high quality degree at a top university. I wouldn't change my experience with Clearing at all."

Top Tips

Connor's suggestions for students applying through Clearing:

  • Have someone with you: They can keep you calm while you're trying to get through, and support you if you don't manage to get on the desired course.
  • Have a plan and be organised: If you can't get on to one course, be open to considering others at the same university if your heart is set on going, and know what the course requirements are.
  • Make the most of Clearing: It isn't just a back-up option. If you change your mind about what to study or where between applying and results, it's a chance to do what you really want to do.