Applying for a Postgraduate Degree through Clearing
From the workplace to a Masters
Firstly, I want to give you a quick insight into my journey with Leeds Beckett and one of the main reasons why I chose to study my Masters with Leeds Beckett. I was an Undergraduate student at Leeds Beckett University from 2014 to 2017 where I graduated in Criminology. I was very satisfied and happy with my journey at the university throughout my Undergraduate degree and thoroughly enjoyed my experiences here. Therefore, it was an easy decision for me to make when I applied for my masters through Clearing two years later.
Before I applied for my Masters through Clearing, I was working with the NHS within the Mental Health sector. I was very happy with my job and enjoyed my work. I was lucky to be part of a wonderful team of colleagues. I always knew I wanted to come back to university and do a Masters, but along the way I started working and my experiences lead me elsewhere. Finally, circumstances felt right, and I made the decision to apply for my PGCE. It was July 2019 and so I applied through Clearing.
The application process
I created a UCAS account and started my application. There were limited options available as many providers had already filled up all spaces as applications for the PGCE course had been open since October 2018. This was a huge setback for me as I felt my chances of securing a space onto the course were minimal or non-existent. Nevertheless, I was determined and continued with my online UCAS application. This took me five days to complete as I wanted to perfect my personal statement and ensure that I gave myself a fair chance at standing out.
I submitted my application to Leeds Beckett and waited eagerly to hear back. I knew that I had applied quite late and was prepared to face rejection. However, the following week once my references and application had gone through, I received an email from the course leaders at Leeds Beckett requesting a phone call to arrange a skype interview. I was extremely excited to hear back from the university and for the first time I was actually excited that I may actually have a chance at securing a place on the course.