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It's third time lucky for Kingston University student as Clearing opens the door to a career in marketing

Posted Monday 6 August 2018

It's third time lucky for Kingston University student as Clearing opens the door to a career in marketing Josh Vince is hoping to carry out marketing for a charity after he graduates with his degree in marketing and advertising.

Last autumn when Josh Vince was looking for courses to begin in September this year, little did he know that he'd be at Kingston University less than two weeks later about to take the first step on the ladder to a marketing career.

The 20 year old from Bath in Somerset had applied to university two years ago but a combination of slightly missed grades and a change of heart led to him deciding to work for a year instead. Come September, he once again applied with the same result and had resigned himself to another year in his job before a visit to Kingston University's Clearing page made him sit up and take notice. He discovered there were places still available through Clearing on the BSc(Hons) Marketing and Advertising with business experience course at Kingston Business School.

Josh called Kingston University's dedicated Clearing hotline straight away and was surprised at how straightforward the process was. "The call was quick and extremely easy," Josh said. "I was put through to a friendly agent, who immediately transferred me to the course director. After a short chat about my qualifications and interests I was offered a place on the course."

Despite the elation of finally accepting a place at university, Josh still faced the logistical challenge of finding accommodation and relocating just nine days before the start of term. Fortunately, Kingston University guarantees all students who come through Clearing an offer of a place in one of its halls of residence, and Josh was quick to take advantage of this adding that this had given him peace of mind so late in the application process.

"Finding somewhere to live is difficult enough when moving anywhere new so knowing that I could apply to stay in University accommodation definitely helped me to hit the ground running," he said. "My hall of residence at Seething Wells has a fun social buzz, while the University's free inter-site bus service means that I can get to my lectures at the Kingston Hill site quickly and conveniently."

A photo of a room in student halls.Kingston University is guaranteeing the offer of a place in halls for students who accept a place in Clearing by 17 August.

Despite only joining the University on the eve of the academic year, Josh settled seamlessly into his stride - achieving top grades in the first year of his marketing course. The BSc(Hons) Marketing and Advertising with business experience course gives students the opportunity to study a three-year course, while spending a period in industry acquiring practical skills to strengthen their theoretical knowledge. Josh chose to study the course because of the flexibility it offered.

"I've always had an interest in business-related subjects, and after studying this at A-level it was definitely a route I was keen to take through to a degree," he said. "Having already taken a year out, though, I was eager not to pursue a course that would take longer than three years to complete. The business experience element of the course presented me with an opportunity to graduate after three years while still spending time in industry to acquire real, applied knowledge."

Course director for BSc(Hons) Marketing and Advertising with business experience Dr Marvyn Boatswain said that with students also having the option of securing a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the programme gave graduates the perfect platform to start a career. "Studying on the marketing and advertising course at Kingston University with integrated business experience gives students the complete package of a business readiness programme, real life professional experience and a recognised industry qualification," Dr Boatswain said.

"In the short space of time that the course has been running, we've had a number of outstanding students who have come to us through Clearing and Josh is no exception. He has been highly focused, engaged and determined to make the most of the opportunities that the course has presented him with."

Alongside his studies, Josh was also elected as a course rep by his peers and is relishing the additional responsibilities. He has already secured his business placement with a digital marketing firm in London which he will start in January with a view to working in a marketing role in the not-for-profit sector after graduation.

"Coming to Kingston University has been one of the best decisions I've ever made," Josh added. "I love my course because of the content and variety of lectures, and I'm also really looking forward to the business experience element that will stand me in good stead for my first career move."

  • Find out more about coming to Kingston University to study marketing and advertising with business experience through Clearing.
  • Kingston University is guaranteeing the offer of a place in halls for any Clearing student who accepts a course place by Monday 20 August this year.
  • Kingston University's hotline for Clearing, confirmation and adjustment is open on 0800 0483 334 for UK callers. Calls are free from a landline. Mobile charges may apply please check with your provider. Students calling from overseas should dial +44 (0)20 8328 1149.
  • The hotline will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 18 August and then 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday 20 August to Friday 28 September.
  • The hotline will not be open on Saturdays (except on 18 August) or Sundays and will also be closed on Monday 27 August for the bank holiday.



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