A Joint Honours opens up options if you’re not 100% sure on just one subject. I for example had a large interest in both of my subjects but the joint honours will allow me to combine them in a way throughout my degree which I love.
More about Ellie
How did you enter into Clearing?
I applied for university through UCAS but due to complications on results day I had to go through clearing.
Why did you choose to apply to NTU?
The course was well fitted for me due to it mainly being based on assessment and not exam – which I know is one of my weaknesses and lets me down. But also, after visiting other universities around the UK I decided Trent felt the most welcoming. I already loved Nottingham as a city, so it was an easy decision for me.
Can you tell us in a short paragraph or two what you experienced during the Clearing process?
On results day I failed one of my A-Levels, which devastated me. I had been working at C’s and the on time it mattered I flunked. So instead of offering me a place on the course that I applied for- Education and Psychology, NTU offered me a place on alternative course that they thought I may be interested in – Childhood studies. Unfortunately, I wasn’t interested in studying that course so I called the university to see what they could do through clearing.
After some talking we established that they hadn’t taken into account my work experience directly relating to the course I wanted to study and put me down for clearing on Early Years and Psychology. Thankfully that got approved and when I started in October I asked to get moved on to Education Studies instead because Early years wasn’t my interest, which they also accepted. So I ended up doing Education Studies and Psychology in the end anyway.
How have you settled into your course and NTU?
Reasonably well. The course really interests me.
What do you like most about the course, and do you think you’ve made the right decision?
I like the links between the two subjects and how they work in partnership, sociologically and psychologically. Psychology is what I love most about the joint honours and is what I’m focusing my optional modules on for year 2.
What do you think about the course staff?
Most of the course staff are supportive and understanding. Due to personal reasons, I had missed a few lectures. But when getting in contact with my lecturers they responded with support and concern. When I go to them for support they’re always willing to help.
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
The social life is great. The night life is amazing! I’ve met some amazing people here! Everything is so close, I never have to go far to get what I need. But also I’m not too far from home.
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
A joint honours opens up options if you’re not 100% sure on just one subject. I for example had a large interest in both of my subjects but the joint honours will allow me to combine them in a way throughout my degree which I love.
What advice would you give someone thinking about going through Clearing?
It can be stressful, but the university will do everything they can to help you get onto a course you’re interested in. Also, when you’re in you’re in, if you want to change your mind about your course because you’re not sure if it’s the right thing for you, there are people there for you to talk to about transfers.
What are you most looking forward to in the two/three years at NTU?
Next year I plan to join a society and get to know more people. I’m also looking forward to my optional modules in year 2!