When A-level results day didnâ€™t quite go to plan for Kazuwa Mandikate, he decided to take immediate action. The 20 year old from Wood Green, North London, narrowly missed the grades he needed for a university place to study biomedical science. But a call to the Kingston University Clearing hotline meant his academic aspirations werenâ€™t left on hold for long.
Â â€œI went on the internet to look at the UCAS course vacancies website and then hit the phones straight away,â€ he said. â€œSome universities I spoke to werenâ€™t very helpful, but when I got through to the Kingston University Clearing hotline my mind was immediately put at rest. The operator was very reassuring and supportive. He told me there was a course vacancy available so I came in to talk to a tutor and a week later I found out I definitely had a place.â€
Kazuwa has just completed his first year on the course and is loving every minute. â€œThe facilities at the University are excellent and Kingston itself is a great place to study with the lovely riverside setting and lots of shops and bars,â€ he said. â€œThe lecturers are really encouraging and everyone on my course mingles so Iâ€™ve made lots of new friends.â€
Now Kazuwa is thinking of going on to study nutrition when he graduates in 2010.Â â€œI practice martial arts so Iâ€™m interested in what I eat and how that influences the mind and body,â€ he said.
Kazuwaâ€™s advice to anyone going through the Clearing process this year is to stay calm and not to panic. â€œMy experience has shown me that having to apply through Clearingâ€™s not the end of the world. You can still go to a good university and you might even find that you end up somewhere better than where you originally planned to go to, which is exactly what happened to me.â€