Thinking about joining us in 2018? Read Amy’s story to find out how!


When Amy decided that she wanted to go to University, Clearing helped her find the right course for her.


Amy Watler-Thomas was 25 when she discovered that UWTSD offered a course in Film And Visual Culture in her hometown of Carmarthen. Rather than apply through UCAS, she contacted our Clearing team and found herself starting on her chosen course just a few weeks later.

Amy said: “I decided very late on in the year that I wanted to go to uni. I never really thought that I would go as I hadn’t gone when all my friends went after college, and there wasn’t anything that I truly wanted to do and then I saw this course and thought it would be great. There was a choice of two film courses but the one I chose was more closely related to what I was interested in.” 

Amy took the opportunity to visit the campus before she made her decision and came along to our Clearing Open Day. She had the chance to have a look at the campus and meet with the staff who would be teaching on her course. She said: “The first time I came to UWTSD for my interview/chat with my lecturers at the Clearing Open Day. It was really helpful and really relaxed, I was really very nervous before going but I didn’t need to be, they were really friendly.”

She has now completed the first year of her BA Film and Visual Culture and is looking forward to progressing to Year 2. She said: “I have loved my time at university so far. I have had the chance to have lots of great opportunities and had loads of things to be involved with. I thought I may have been a little bit of an odd one out for not wanting to be a typical party student, but there are a good few people on my course who are also mature students who are much the same as myself. One main worry I had about going to uni was the writing aspect but this has proved not too bad at all, and there’s lots of help available when I am struggling. I have learned so much and I am excited for my 2nd year!

“Before starting the course I had no idea what I would do with the degree when I finished, or even if I was going to stick to a career. I have always wanted to be self-employed and I now believe that I could actually do that. I think if I stick this out and keep working hard I will definitely find work afterward and do something that I am actually happy and enjoy going to work for!”

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