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Former South Essex College students recommend clearing

Current higher education students at South Essex College would recommend UCAS Clearing as a great way to get that degree of your dreams.

It’s never too late to consider further study as 21-year-old Jess Siggins found out. Jess, from Leigh has just completed the first year of his BA (Hons) Computer Games Design degree.

He said: “I left College when I was 18 and went into work, but after two years I decided to do a degree and study something I had an interest in.

“I thought I had left it too late to enrol, I didn’t want to have to wait another year before I could do what I wanted to do. Thankfully, I was told about the Clearing process and managed to get on the course.

“It was such a quick and easy system, it just proves that it’s never too late to make that decision.”

With over 60,000 people in 2014 securing a place at university or college through Clearing, it’s a great option for students who achieved better or worse results than they expected, and those who are unsure of their next step.

Anthony McGarel, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of the College, said: “Clearing is an important process in higher education. It allows students to secure a place on a degree, just a matter of weeks before the courses begin.

“On A-level results day there is a lot of celebration but also confusion too. Our advice is simple – come and talk to us. Our experienced staff will be on hand to secure you a place.

“At the College our course fees are way below the national average at £7,000 per year. Our students leave with a high result too with the majority achieving a First or 2.1.”

A Clearing help desk will be set up at the College’s Southend Campus on A-Level results day, Thursday 13 August. Students can pop in, speak to experts and get advice about their future. It’ll be open to all A-Level and sixth form students from 8.30am until 5pm.

For more information about Clearing and the courses available, visit


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