Emily Fretwell is about the begin the third year of her degree in Human Biology and Health & Wellbeing at Liverpool Hope University. She originally applied to study Physiotherapy.
“I studied Biology, Chemistry and Dance at A Level, and the grades I needed for Physiotherapy were ABB. When results day came around, I found out that I had Bs and Cs. At the time, it felt like the end of the world. I was really upset. However, I knew that I still wanted to be a physiotherapist, so I decided to look at Clearing as a different route to get me there.
“I took a day or so to really look around at what was out there and I spoke to a few different unis in the North West, and was offered a place on a Human Biology course at one of them. I also rang Liverpool Hope, as I knew a few people who had been there and enjoyed it.
“When I spoke to the adviser at Liverpool Hope, they were much more helpful than the other universities I had called. They seemed to care about the students. The clearing advisor asked me about my A Levels and my GCSEs, as it can all count. I visited the university the day after I made the call, and I loved it straight away. I was given a tour, information booklets and lots of information on the course, which made me feel confident about my decision.
“Liverpool Hope has been everything I thought it would be and more. I love my course. Combining Human Biology and Health & Wellbeing, I’ve learned about social conditions in which health services operate, as well as learning about human anatomy and health. I’ve also been to Glasgow on a field trip to look at social determinants in health and living conditions. The new Health Sciences building is excellent, and I enjoy my seminars so much.
“I knew from day one that I wanted to be a Student Ambassador on campus, playing a part in helping other students make their decisions about university. I’ve gained so much from being a Student Ambassador. I’ve developed my people skills and also learned how to juggle my time.
“My plan is to finish my degree at Liverpool Hope and then go on to do a two-year Physiotherapy (pre-Registration) MSc. While it will take me a couple of years longer to get to where I wanted, I have gained so much from going through clearing. I have an excellent grounding in anatomy, but also in the social elements of delivering care, and I think this will give me an edge later on.
“My advice to anyone going thorough clearing would be not to worry, there is always another solution or option. Don’t just go with the first place you are offered, unless you really like it. If I had gone with the first place I was offered, I’d never have come to Hope!”