Clearing is an opportunity for students to make sure that they get a place on a degree programme that excites them at an institution that will help them to achieve all of their goals. It is not limited to those who did not manage to obtain a place at their first choice institution, and UCFB is proud to count a number of its leading students and graduates as those who’ve come through the Clearing process.

We caught up with a number of them to hear their overriding thoughts on the experience, their decision to study at UCFB and their time as a student so far…

Richard Osei, BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

The Clearing process was very helpful and the UCFB staff stayed patient with me being a Norwegian student and having different grades to UK students. To start with I tried to do Clearing myself, but as a foreign student I found it a bit difficult, so it was then that Vusala and Pedro from the recruitment team helped me further.

In terms of advice, remember to take a deep breath and don´t rush into any big decisions – you’re about to commit the next few years of your life to studying a subject, so make sure you think about your decision carefully.

Elle Thorne, BA (Hons) Football Business & Marketing

I left sixth form unsure of exactly what I wanted to do and funnily enough had ruled out the idea of university completely, so I took a gap year and went travelling. Then towards the end of travelling I began thinking about what to do next. Working in the football industry was always an interest of mine and my family all told me I’d be good at it, so I decided whilst on holiday in the August to bite the bullet and go for it. 

As I said I hadn't planned on going to university, so when it came to applying I had no idea of the process, so it was good to see that it was so simple and straightforward.

Simon Frankland, BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

Go with your gut feeling. If football and sport is truly your passion, then it’s a no brainer to go for it as long as you fully embrace the opportunity. I had my interview on a Wednesday and moved into accommodation on the Saturday.

I can honestly say I don’t regret my decision to come here in the slightest. You really feel welcome and appreciated as a student and they really do everything they can to support you. It’s truly been a life changing year and sometimes the risky and difficult choices can become the best!

Apply now to study at UCFB through Clearing.