Hamza Hameed

I never thought I would exceed the grades I was predicted, but I did, and found myself in Clearing, looking for a better university to study Business Computing. I was predicted CCC, but excelled in my A levels achieving BBC, giving me the option of rejecting my firm, Middlesex, and my insurance, Nottingham Trent, to find a better university.

I was specifically looking at London-based universities as I wanted to commute. Prior to results day, I researched Clearing and was interested in applying to Queen Mary’s, City, and Brunel. Once I had my results, I had no hesitation, and called Brunel. I liked the idea that everything was on one campus and that it was driving distance from my house, making my commute very easy.

Brunel’s entry criteria for the Business Computing course was grades BBB, and I had just missed that, but I thought I would try my luck. I spoke to one of the Admission Tutors in the Department of Computer Science, who asked me a few questions to make sure I was committed to the course, and the University, before he gave me a place on the Business Computing course.

The process was very easy, and it was nice to know that Brunel didn’t just judge on the grades. They actually gave students a chance to express their passion and interest before making a decision.

I’ve been quite lucky as my cousin also enrolled on a computing course at Brunel, which made it easy being a Fresher. I joined a range of societies upon my arrival, from basketball to archery, and have made great friends. The course itself gives you the opportunity to work with a variety of different people as you are put into groups for projects. It’s a great way of up-skilling personal attributes.

My advice for students who may face Clearing is ‘just be you and sell yourself’. If you are that passionate about the university and the course, it has to shine through when you speak to them – it’s not just about your grades!

Page last updated: Wednesday 15 July 2015