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The film that inspired me to study!

As a mature student there have been many occasions when I have been inspired to do something. My passion has been photography which I pursued and got good at. I did a lot of manipulation of photos to create a whole new photo. I enjoyed creating fantasy images and this required me to have a…

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How to choose what to study at university – my story!

Hello, my name is Jess and I am studying Social Science at the University of Brighton. Deciding what to study and choosing a degree at university can often feel overwhelming for many, which is completely normal and understandable. There are many pathways that prospective students will follow. For example, I knew from a very young…

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The BOOK that inspired me to study!

I’ve always loved books. Just ask my daughter: she’s always commenting on the towering stacks of old paperbacks or stuffed shelves on every wall of the house. Or my son, groaning when I pick up yet another curious-looking novel that’s been left for free on someone’s wall. (That’s a fantastic Brighton tradition, by the way: got something you don’t…

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Why I chose the University of Brighton [video]

Read more about Ollie’s university experience here!

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Why I chose to study at the University of Brighton

I have just finished my first year at the University of Brighton. It has been a different year with the pandemic restricting what people are allowed to do. I am also a mature student which makes my university experience different to others. I decided to apply to university mid last year. I wanted to do…

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Grace smiling in the physiotherapy suite

Clearing is about YOU not just your grades! I DID IT! My story [video]

Do grades matter in Clearing? Yes, exam grades matter in Clearing, but they are only one element that universities consider. Your vocational achievements are also important and universities use the UCAS tariff to assess this and like to hear about your aspirations not just exam results. Here’s what recent graduate Grace said about her grades…

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Mature student smiling after getting into university through Clearing

Can mature students apply through Clearing? Yes, I did!

About 10 years ago, I was introduced to my course, Visual Culture (it’s like history of art, but with a much broader focus that includes photography, film, advertising, fashion) by friends who had studied at Brighton. I read up about it, and though it seemed to chime with all my interests, I wasn’t in a position to study at the…

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University Clearing options – Clearing gave me choices

I didn’t want to go to the universities that offered me a place as I wasn’t sure about the courses, and they were both very far away from home…  What options do you have in Clearing? I found that Clearing gave me more options and made me realise that I didn’t want to choose between English and history and maybe I…

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University student walking in Brighton pavilion gardens after getting into university through Clearing

Getting into university through Clearing – how I did it

Most of my decisions regarding university have been driven by gut feelings. After A-levels I was struggling to decide between psychology and geography as I had loved both subjects. I had no idea what career I wanted so I went with Geography because it’s a much broader discipline, so I’d be able to specialise and…

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