Plan ahead for Clearing advises Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University
By Kingston People | Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 13:48
As anxious students across the country prepare for A-level results, Kingston University this week urged students not give up hope of moving on to higher education even if their grades are not quite what they expected.
Abu Hassan, hotline operator, Kingston University London
Kingston University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said: "The value of a university education can’t be overstated – it is an investment that will pay dividends both academically and personally."
He advised prospective students who were unsure of whether they would receive the grades they needed to prepare in advance so they are ready to face the Clearing system. This could include taking a look at which universities and courses they might be interested in if they fail to get the grades needed for their initial choices. They should then programme the numbers of those universities into their mobile phones.
Although receiving lower grades than expected can be a huge disappointment, the university also sought to remind students that it need not spell disaster even though it might feel like it at the time.
Kingston University’s course director for Sports Analysis and Coaching, James Brouner, remembers nervously scanning newspapers for courses fourteen years ago as he was concerned he might not have the points needed for physiotherapy, his chosen course.
However, he noticed his favourite football team's coach had a background in sports science and looked up universities offering it. On results day he picked up the phone to sound out his prospects and by the end of the day he had offers from four universities to study sports science. He eventually decided on the course offered at Kingston.
“I decided to accept the place at Kingston and haven’t looked back since,” he said. “Coming through Clearing was certainly not a barrier to my academic progress and although it can feel like an uncertain time, jumping out of your comfort zone can lead to bigger and better things.”