Uni students' top results as Clearing begins

As the national battle for places through the university Clearing process begins, Somerset College in Taunton will be helping potential students find the courses they need – and celebrating excellent results as over 260 students gain Foundation and Undergraduate degrees.

The College is Somerset’s largest provider of university courses and students from 19 to 69 have clocked up a high level of success.

Two who are thrilled with their recent results are Melissa Whittaker, 25, and Tina Harrison, 45, who both gained Firsts for their BA (Hons) Business Administration degrees.

Tina has been studying at the College at the same time as daughter Rebecca, 19, (both pictured above) and gave up work in her final year to focus on her studies.

"I am absolutely over the moon! I never had the opportunity to undertake a degree when I was younger and always wondered if I had the ability," she said.

"I struggled with a lack of confidence throughout but the tutors were brilliant and kept me going."

Melissa Whittaker, who originally dropped out of her A level studies and worked as a health care assistant, before coming to the College and starting a Foundation Degree course while working part-time, was equally thrilled.

"It was brilliant, I didn’t think I would do well without A levels or a BTEC like some people had, but I worked very hard. Tutors were really supportive and we students all helped each other as much as we could," she said.

Melissa and Tina have now both been offered excellent jobs. Tina has also been a huge inspiration to daughter Rebecca, 19, studying for her Foundation Degree at Somerset College. "My mum’s been such a support and has really set the mark high – I’m so proud of her and will try to do as well," she said.

Now potential students who have results but no university offer, can go through the Clearing process that matches universities without students to students without universities.

For a full list of degree courses available, please click here or contact Somerset College’s Clearing Hotline on 01823 366 331.