Brandon applied to study BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology through Clearing. He tells us what made Edinburgh Napier stand out on results day.
Why did you apply through Clearing?
During my fifth and sixth year of high school, I did an HNC course alongside my Highers which should have really boosted my university applications. Unfortunately, some administrative problems meant, even though I passed, I didn’t get my award on time.
That led to my university applications being rejected because, by results day, I didn’t have any proof of my qualification. I called the summer school I had attended and they gave me a list of universities to contact for Clearing.
How did you find the experience?
It was a bit hectic to start with! I was panicking and calling different universities to try and find a place.
For most of it, I just felt like I was being shuffled along through a queue. I was just being spoken to by people who had a script to read and talk me through the process.
When I called Edinburgh Napier University, though, I actually got the chance to talk to the head of the department I was applying to. That just immediately brought the level up. It was a much more personalised experience and made me feel so much better about what I was doing.
Do you think applying through Clearing made a difference?
I’m actually really glad I went through Clearing because it changed my plans completely.
Originally, I had applied to study Computer Science. I love computers and was sure that was what I wanted to do, even though I was less interested in the coding aspect of the course.
That person I spoke to on the day was able to recommend Business Information Technology instead, which is much less coding-focused and has suited me so much better.
What advice would you give yourself now, looking back?
I think the first morning it kind of hit me: “I’ve been declined, this is it, it’s the end of everything!”
And it’s not. If I could give any bit of advice before starting the whole process, it would be to just calm down a little. Clearing is there to give you another shot at getting onto a course.
If you’ve had an application declined, or if you’ve had circumstances set that you’re not sure you can achieve, phone up and have a talk. You are still in the race.