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Charlotte Harwood

“Things happen for a reason” – Charlotte’s story

If you get lower A-Level grades than you expect, there’s no need to worry. Going through Clearing is a different route to your desired course. 

20 year old Charlotte Harwood from Leeds is currently studying Law at Northumbria Uni after coming through Clearing because she didn’t get the grades initially.

She’s now living in student accommodation at New Bridge Street in Newcastle, loves her course and has been elected as Disabled Student Officer for next year.

Charlotte said: “I was doing an access course when the pandemic hit and my predicted grades were lower than expected. I was turned down by my main and insurance choices and this really affected me at the time as I thought it meant I wasn’t able to go to university at all.

“When I rang Northumbria’s Clearing line, I spoke to some lovely, helpful people who listened to my worries.

“They said I still had time to try and improve my grades, which would allow me to get onto a first year undergraduate course. So, within those two weeks, I prepared two essays which took me from an overall pass to a distinction. This meant I was able to secure a place on my undergraduate Law course.”

“Going through Clearing provided a much more human route into university. It was so nice to speak to a real person, willing to listen and see what they can do for you. 

“My personal tutor at Northumbria was also very responsive and supportive, and helped me apply for disabled students’ allowance.

“I have a mental health disability but because of disabled students’ support, I now have the assistance I need through the provision of a laptop, recording device for lectures, 180 hours’ worth of sessions with someone to help keep me on track and extensions if I need them.

“I feel so proud to have been elected as Disability Students Officer and I want to use this platform to help other students next year.”

“I’m over the moon to be at Northumbria University. Things happen for a reason and I feel like I was meant to be here. I’ve had the most fantastic year despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.”

Northumbria University has a limited number of places available for students through Clearing this summer. For more information, visit or call the Clearing Hotline on 0800 085 1085.

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