University Clearing: If you don't make your first choice, here are some hidden gems at UCLan, Edge Hill and the University of Chester

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A Level students in the North West who don't get their first University choice still have a whole world of options in front of them as this years ‘hidden gems’ are revealed by the Complete University Guide.

What is Clearing?

On A Level results day, students who don’t get into their first choice university can use Clearing matches applicants to university places that are yet to be filled. It’s available to anyone who has made a UCAS Undergraduate application and doesn’t hold any offers.

What are hidden gems?

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Hidden gems are the universities that really shine in a particular field.

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Often less well-known or placed lower down the Complete University Guide league tables, these universities are highly rated in a certain subject area. They could be a better place for a student looking for a world-class study experience over more recognised institutions that do not fare so well in their chosen subject.

What are the North West hidden gems?

Students in the North West of England have a plethora of choices in front of them.

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In a region known for areas of outstanding beauty and famous for its music culture, it should be no surprise that Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies is a stand-out subject. Edge Hill University ranks fourth in the UK, University of Chester places ninth and Manchester Metropolitan University is 10th. Edge Hill is also highly ranked for Social Work, placing ninth in the UK.

UCLan ranks 10th nationally for its African and Middle Eastern Studies course, and comes sixth for Health Studies.

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The University of Chester comes fifth for the same subject, with Liverpool in second.

“There are excellent courses in your local university”

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said: “Whether you are looking for a different course or university in Clearing our insights reveal hidden gems that students may not have spotted.

"The research shows there are excellent courses in your local university and showcases some world-class options in less well-known universities. There are some tremendous hidden gems in all regions of the UK and still time for potential students to secure their place that best suits their ambitions.”