Students share their Clearing success stories

Students talking outside SOAS

Clearing can be a confusing time for some students. However, it can also be an exciting time too, offering students a chance to make a move that’s right for them.

With Clearing 2022 now open, we sat down with some of our students who went through the process of Clearing last year. Sarah* and Finola both applied to SOAS through Clearing. Read their stories, as they share their experiences below.

Sarah’s Story

Sarah is currently studying for a BA in Social Anthropology and Law and has just finished her first year at SOAS, University of London.

Why did you enter Clearing?

I originally centered my application around Social Anthropology but I included Law-related elements because this is what I was passionate about. Luckily, two of the universities I had applied for offered a combined degree in Anthropology and Law. One of these universities was LSE (my first choice). I entered Clearing because unfortunately, I fell short of the entry requirements for LSE following my A-Level Results in August 2021. This meant I lost my offer to study there.

What made you choose to study at SOAS?

To be honest, nothing about the course I wanted to do had changed, it was just the university. Although, there was a point where I was contemplating giving up on pursuing Anthropology and Law and just studying Anthropology. I still had an offer from my second choice university, which was just for Anthropology.

I had essentially planned my university future around studying at LSE, so when I lost my offer, I felt like I had gone back to square one. I would say one of the main factors that made me settle on SOAS was the fact it was still in London and also offered my course. I also think the fact that SOAS has strong Anthropology and Law departments helped me come to a decision.

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes, I would say I found a place to live easily. The process was pretty smooth and much better than I expected considering I only enrolled at SOAS just a little over a month before the school year started.

Have you enjoyed your course and time at university?

I have enjoyed my time here at SOAS. I know a lot of people say this, but it really is a pleasant change from secondary school having a curriculum that studies beyond just Europe and the West.

However, because of COVID-19 and the restrictions surrounding it, I feel like I haven’t been able to have the proper university experience. For example, lectures remained online, so I felt like I couldn’t meet and connect with as many people as I would have liked. Overall, I feel like I am settling in quite well and I look forward to my future at SOAS!

Finola’s Story

Finola is currently studying for a BA in Koren and Social Anthropology and has also just finished up the first year of the course.

Why did you apply to SOAS through Clearing?

I had initially applied for the BSc Forensic Psychology Degree at Kent University. Towards the end of my A-Levels, I felt quite rushed to choose a university course, and so I just chose the course in which I felt I was going to perform best. After my A-Levels, I had time to think more about what I really enjoyed. So, I decided to decline my offer at Kent and apply to SOAS.

How did you choose what you wanted to study?

I really liked the structure of a joint degree, and I thought the modules looked interesting. I also liked that there was a year abroad option with the Korean language course. There were a lot of positive reviews about the Anthropology and Language departments.

How have you found your first year at SOAS?

So, I’ve just finished my first year and most of the classes have been online due to the pandemic. But, I’ve had a really positive experience with online classes, and I’ve been able to find a sense of community amongst people with similar interests. So, I’m really happy I chose this course and went through Clearing.


 Find out more

• Check out the SOAS Clearing webpage
• Discover the range of undergraduate courses you can study at SOAS
• Find out what events at SOAS you can join online this summer
• Watch an undergraduate webinar

*Please note, Sarah’s name has been changed to protect her anonymity. 

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