When the course didn’t seem right for Shannon, she simply switched using Clearing

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After applying to study history at university, Shannon Evans began to have doubts about her subject choice.

While it was her favourite A-level subject, Shannon wasn’t convinced a history degree would offer her a clear career path.

“I’d applied for a place at Coventry University, but decided to wait for my A-level results so I could reconsider my options,” said Shannon. “After receiving my results I spoke to my head of sixth form, who suggested I looked at different degrees that interested me, which is how I found Events Management and the universities running that course – and Northampton caught my eye.”

Shannon called the Clearing hotline and after a brief time on the phone, she’d signed up to study Events Management at the University of Northampton.

Clearing allows applicants like Shannon to find courses which haven’t been filled for the new academic year, and is also used by those who are applying late for a course, didn’t get the grades they’d hoped for, or if they are a mature applicant.

“The Clearing process was very simple,” said Shannon, who comes from Coventry. “If you want to change your university choice, or the course you’d originally applied for, by going through Clearing you’ll be able to find something that is well suited for you.”

Now, a year into her course, Shannon is certain she made the right choice.

She said: “I love my course. The learning is very hands on, with lots of amazing opportunities such as trips to London where I’ve experience things such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Wimbledon. The lecturers on the course are very experienced in the events industry, so as well as learning what is needed for your degree they are always there to help and push you in the right direction career-wise.”

Shannon added: “I’ve also met lots of new people who share the same interests as me. Having new friends to go through the ‘uni experience’ with you helps a lot, especially when it’s people from your course who are pushing you to try your best.”

The University’s Clearing website is now open, and includes details of all the courses that are still open for applications.

Would-be students are also invited to attend the University’s Open Day, which takes place on Saturday 19 August.

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