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Thursday 2 July 2015

BTEC Clearing 1st July

Southampton Solent University’s clearing hotline opened on 1 July ready to help BTEC students consider what to do next, after receiving their results this month.

More than 100,000 BTEC students will be receiving their results throughout July. With many students still wondering what their next step will be, Solent University’s trained student advisors -many of whom entered university via the BTEC route – are on hand to offer advice and support.

“It’s important for students who haven’t made their minds up yet, or who have done better than expected, to be able to find out more about the university option as soon as they receive their results,” says Karen Arnold, Southampton Solent University’s new Head of Student Recruitment, “Our industry-focused degree courses are a perfect match for BTEC students”, she adds.

Stephen Hale, 33, from Portsmouth, was awarded distinctions during his BTEC at South Down College and was advised to apply for university by his lecturer.

“Due to family commitments I was unable to move so I chose Solent because it was the closest with the best facilities,” says Stephen who has just finished his BSc Sound Engineering degree this summer.

For Stephen, University has opened up a wide variety of career options. “When I started my course I believed I wanted to be a sound engineer. Studying a wide range of subjects has highlighted other career paths and I now wish to be an acoustic consultant.”

Stephen has also been benefitting from the real-world experience that he gets at Solent. Most recently he worked with Vanguardia Consulting at the Isle of Wight Festival carrying out noise monitoring.

He says, “Over my four years at Solent I have been lucky enough to have gained valuable experience in festival noise, studio design and outside broadcast, and these experiences tie the acquired knowledge in with real life scenarios and help craft attendees into professional members of staff.”

Vanguardia Consulting were so happy with the work Stephen carried out, they have added him as an approved subcontractor and offered work at some more festivals over the summer.

Stephen is now looking for a part-time job to help fund his MSc in Applied Acoustics at Southampton Solent.

If you are looking to spark your future, our trained staff are ready to talk to you. The clearing hotline is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday throughout the summer. For more information visit www.solent.ac.uk/clearing; call us on 023 8001 1722; email us on ask@solent.ac.uk or contact us on Facebook or Twitter at “AskSolent”.