Nicole came to UCLan at Foundation Entry via Clearing, and graduated with a first-class honours. She recently went into an internship here at UCLan as a PASS Co-ordinator, and has now been offered the position on a full-time contract. PASS utilises the experience of higher year students by training them as facilitators to support first year students in finding solutions to their academic study problems themselves, through guided discussion and questioning.
“I found the whole Clearing process to be incredibly pleasant. Having gone through a really unpleasant time with college, where I received no support and guidance which resulted in me having to drop out, I was really anxious about making the big step to contact the University. I was also the first to ever go to University in my immediate family, and so I had no idea what to expect. I also have a hearing impairment and suffer from an undiagnosed condition where I can lose consciousness out of nowhere, which has never stopped me, yet throughout education I was always told I wouldn’t amount to anything and I never received any support.
"From the first phone call in Clearing I was immediately put at ease, and it was this call when I first thought ‘yes, I can do this’. I was put into contact with the course leader on the Foundation Entry course at the time and she responded quickly, and after a few emails I was soon underway with applying and going through UCAS. Any time I required information or guidance throughout this process, the staff through Clearing and the academics were extremely helpful and so informative.
"I found the Foundation Entry so much less daunting than I ever imagined, and it really set me up for doing the full degree, especially in terms of study skills, but also learning of the university culture.
“The BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy course, whilst challenging, was so interesting and informative. All the lecturers were very experienced within their field, which made understanding theory and so forth much easier, as they could bring their own experiences and knowledge into it. Throughout both courses I was offered ample support, and even when going through issues with my health and going in for operations, they made sure I was kept up to date and was fully equipped to complete any work.
“UCLan is a fantastic university and compared to other universities it offers a more personal experience, where you truly feel valued and not just another number on a list. It is within a great location with plenty of amenities and things going on. My favourite thing about the University was the staff. Each member of staff I encountered was so friendly and helpful, and it really made my time at university so much easier.
“My advice to applicants is to believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Do plenty of research before committing to a course, and don’t be afraid to ask the University any questions, especially through Clearing as they are so informative."
30 August 2018