Clearing experiences

Nanna Sivamanoharan

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

"I initially applied for BSc (Hons) Optometry at Plymouth, but having not made the grades I looked through the prospectus and called the Clearing hotline. They said with the grades I had, I could do BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, so I had a look into the subject and found it was a fantastic alternative."

Read Nanna's full interview below to discover more about her Clearing experience.

My name is Nanna, I study BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and I’m in my final year at Plymouth University. 

Why did you choose to study at Plymouth? 

I was really unsure of what university I wanted so I came to an open day and instantly fell in love with the city itself and being so close to the seaside – this made me change Plymouth to my first choice.

Can you tell us about your Clearing experience? 

I initially applied to study BSc (Hons) Optometry at Plymouth, but having not made the grades I looked through the prospectus and called the Clearing hotline. They said with the grades I had, I could do BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, so I had a look into the subject and found it was a fantastic alternative.

What’s your favourite memory of your course so far? 

I would say meeting a lot of new people and making friends. You get to meet different personalities and characters, not just from my course but across the board.

What doors have opened for you as a result of studying biomedical sciences at Plymouth University?

Derriford hospital is local to Plymouth, so in my final year I contacted them to see if there was a lab experience I could take part in. They said yes, and it’s thanks to that experience, that when applying for jobs I am above other applicants due to the transferable skills learnt in the lab.

Having done this lab experience, as well as the skills learnt within my course at Plymouth, I have recently secured a job at Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea. This means I’ll be trained up to be a Biomedical Scientist and I hope to work my way up the ladder to be a specialist in my field.

Can you tell us about any other experiences at Plymouth University? 

I organised the winter ball last year for the Plymouth Biomedical Science Society and we had a James Bond theme with a casino table, black tie – it was a really great event. I was also part of the swimming society in my first year, where we had weekly catch up’s and I got to meet some great people. 

What advice would you give to anyone considering going through Clearing? 

Firstly, I would tell them not to panic. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get your first choice, there are always universities out there that are willing to take you on for the grades you have. Plymouth offered me their biomedical science course and saw my potential.

Universities, especially Plymouth, like to give students the chance to prove themselves and help them along the way. The student ambassadors I spoke to on A level results day were so helpful. The girl I spoke to was so reassuring and even phoned me back to make sure everything was okay.

How have you found living in Plymouth? 

Plymouth is such a lively city with a strong student presence. There are always lots of events going on around the city, seafront and in the city centre.

Ben Morris

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)

"The main reasons I chose Plymouth are: it's close to the sea and is only two hours from home, the University takes sport seriously but appreciates the importance of balancing this with your studies and the course offered a broad spectrum of study."

Read Ben's full interview below to discover more about his Clearing experience.    

My name is Ben and I’m in my second year studying BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health). I’m also a part of the UPRFC (Plymouth University Rugby club). 

Why did you choose Plymouth? 

The main reasons I chose Plymouth are; its close to the sea and is only two hours from home, the University takes sport seriously but appreciates the importance of balancing this with your studies and the course offered a broad spectrum of study.

What’s your favourite memory of your course so far? 

During my placement, my mentor and I had a patient, a young child who was very ill in a high dependency unit in Devon, and due to our care over 12 hours, we saw an improvement to a stable condition. I was able to apply my knowledge from university as well as learning a lot from the situation.

Can you tell us a bit about how your placements work? 

The placements are run by the University, so our tutor is also our placement co-ordinator who allocates them. You are able to put down your top three locations and I was lucky enough to get two out of three top choices. One of the placements was in Torbay, which was good as it gave me an insight into travelling to work, preparation and time management – an understanding into the world of work. 

How did you find your Clearing experience?

I got into my chosen university but they wanted to defer me for a year due to overcrowding of the course. I was really keen to start university as soon as I could, so on results day when I got better grades than expected, I rang up UCAS and asked to go through Clearing. I rang four out of five universities from locations that I had previously visited or knew someone else who was attending. Eventually I accepted an offer from Plymouth!

Could you share with us your Clearing top tips? 

  • Ring around a variety of universities – get yourself out there! Talk to the admissions tutors, accommodation, get all the information you can.
  • Preparation. Spend some time researching universities, different websites (Complete University Guide) so you don’t feel as stressed on the day.
  • Ask for guidance from parents, friends, teachers etc – its a good idea to get the opinions of those closest to you, but remember the final decision is yours.
  • Whatever happens and whatever results you get, stay calm and keep positive.

Can you tell us more about your involvement in UPRFC?

Being part of UPRFC has been great. In my first year I was chosen to play the second team varsity, which as a fresher was a big confidence boost. In second year I applied for the committee position of charity secretary and we have raised over £700 for charity. This a really rewarding role as well as being able to add it to my CV.

What would you like to do in the future?

One of the reasons why I chose the nursing course was the travel opportunities. My degree is recognised around the world so being able to help others at home as well as abroad will be very rewarding.

Omolara Oyedeji

BSc (Hons) Applied Geology

"Plymouth is the perfect place to study geology. It’s really close to Dartmoor so we were lucky enough to go on geophysics field trips, looking at granite. Not many other universities have this much to offer from their location."

Read Omolara's full interview below to discover more about her Clearing experience.

My name is Omolara, I’m currently studying BSc (Hons) Applied Geology and I’m in my third year. 

Why did you choose your course? 

I chose my course because I really enjoyed geography and sciences at school, so I thought geology was a nice combination of both subjects. There was also a lot of field trips and I love spending time outdoors and visiting new places, so geology was a good fit for me.

Why did you choose Plymouth? 

Firstly I chose Plymouth because it was good for my course, I also wanted to move away from home and living by the sea was a massive bonus. 

Can you tell us about your Clearing experience?

I found the whole process really easy. I didn’t get into my first choice, so I did some research about other universities and I found Plymouth, which accepted me and offered the course I wanted.

What’s your favourite memory of your course so far? 

My favourite memory is going on a ten day field trip looking at the structure of the Pyrenees – it was great being able to travel and learn at the same time. 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m planning on doing a masters in petroleum geoscience, hopefully going into the hydrocarbon industry. 

What do you think about the location of Plymouth? 

Plymouth is the perfect place to study geology. It’s really close to Dartmoor so we were lucky enough to go on geophysics field trips, looking at granite. Not many other universities have this much to offer from their location.