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SOAS Clearing 2023 - Ask a current student

Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)

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Reply 1
Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)


Hi, im Ollie!
I’ve took my a levels this year in maths physics and chemistry and have firmed for physics at uni but I think I want to do Korean and economics at SOAS instead. Is this course normally in clearing and how would I go about it if it was :smile:

Thank you
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Original post by Oll1925
Hi, im Ollie!
I’ve took my a levels this year in maths physics and chemistry and have firmed for physics at uni but I think I want to do Korean and economics at SOAS instead. Is this course normally in clearing and how would I go about it if it was :smile:

Thank you


Hey!

The university doesn't know exactly what courses will be available at clearing, that's only something they can only really get a sense of once all the grades have come in. However, generally a large number of SOAS's courses are available at clearing. I recommend you call up the clearing hotline (as early as possible) on results day and they'll be able to tell you if the course is available! this page should tell you what you need to know about SOAS clearing in the mean-time and the clearing number should be available closer to the time/on results day!

Monica (MA Social Anthropology)
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Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)


I think I might get AAD or ABD in my a levels, I want to do accounting and finance and the requirement is ABB, is it possible for me to be able to still get a place in clearing even with a D grade and have SOAS accepted students with a D grade in the past?
Original post by Subahn_378
I think I might get AAD or ABD in my a levels, I want to do accounting and finance and the requirement is ABB, is it possible for me to be able to still get a place in clearing even with a D grade and have SOAS accepted students with a D grade in the past?


Hi!

Each year with clearing is different, as it depends on the level of demand for the course. SOAS has accepted students with a D in the past, so do not worry too much!

I recommend calling up the clearing hotline (as early as possible) on results day and, at that point, they should be able to tell you whether you're eligible.

If they say no, you can always ask for a place on the foundation year course. https://www.soas.ac.uk/study/find-course/ba/bsc-business-management-economics-law-foundation-year This would be 1 extra year of study, but at the end of it you would move straight into the BSc Accounting and Finance course.

I hope that this helps!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)


Hey I want to apply to SOAS for clearing for management. Their entry requirements are ABB and it says they “normally” expect a 6/b in maths gcse. I got A*AA in my a levels but a 5/c in maths gcse - do you think I will get declined bc of my maths gcse? City declined me automatically because of my 5 even though my a levels is much higher than their entry requirements - I’m scared SOAS is the same. For other courses, e.g economics SOAS has stated they “require” minimum 7 but for management they used the term “normally expect” do you think this = more leniency?
Original post by Anonymous
Hey I want to apply to SOAS for clearing for management. Their entry requirements are ABB and it says they “normally” expect a 6/b in maths gcse. I got A*AA in my a levels but a 5/c in maths gcse - do you think I will get declined bc of my maths gcse? City declined me automatically because of my 5 even though my a levels is much higher than their entry requirements - I’m scared SOAS is the same. For other courses, e.g economics SOAS has stated they “require” minimum 7 but for management they used the term “normally expect” do you think this = more leniency?


Hi!

It's great to hear that your intersted in applying to SOAS through Clearing.
I'd recommend calling SOAS's Clearing hotline tomorrow on: 0203 912 6580

There can be some leniency for a grade 5 if you have an A Level like Business or Economics that shows applied maths skills.

All the best of luck!

Monica (MA Social Anthropology SOAS)
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Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep One
Hi!

It's great to hear that your intersted in applying to SOAS through Clearing.
I'd recommend calling SOAS's Clearing hotline tomorrow on: 0203 912 6580

There can be some leniency for a grade 5 if you have an A Level like Business or Economics that shows applied maths skills.

All the best of luck!

Monica (MA Social Anthropology SOAS)


Hi Monica,

Thank you for your response! Yes I got an A in A level business and a B for AS level business.

How likely do you think they will allow this leniency?

Thanks
Original post by zaranxj
Hi Monica,

Thank you for your response! Yes I got an A in A level business and a B for AS level business.

How likely do you think they will allow this leniency?

Thanks

Hey!

I honestly don't know, it's all down to the admissions team to review your clearing application. I'm just a student so I dont know much more about it. I definitely think its worth giving them a ring tomorrow when the lines open. The majority of SOAS's courses will be available in clearing so I think its defo worth you giving them a ring tomorrow morning!

Monica
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Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)


Hello, Khadeeja
I was wondering about combined degrees in clearing, as I have been accepted to do history at SOAS, but I am also considering economics as well. However, I had a BCD at a-level, so would that mean that I have no chance at that?
Reply 11
Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi everyone!

I wanted to create a post for anyone considering applying to SOAS through Clearing. I joined through Clearing and am now happily in my final year! If you have any questions about what the experience is like - let me know!

- Khadeeja (BSc Accounting and Finance)


I’m currently in the process of applying through clearing and they asked me for a certificate of alevel results for proof of grades which I don’t have, what other forms of proof are acceptable
Original post by Anonymous
Hello, Khadeeja
I was wondering about combined degrees in clearing, as I have been accepted to do history at SOAS, but I am also considering economics as well. However, I had a BCD at a-level, so would that mean that I have no chance at that?

Hi, congratulations on your place!

So we do offer a joint history and economics degree, but this is only for BA economics, not the BSc.

If you're happy with that, you can try emailing [email protected] to ask for a transfer request form and the admissions team will review your application to see if they can offer you a place for the dual degree.

If you need any clarifications, feel free to give the SOAS clearing hotline a call at 0203 912 6580

I hope that this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and good luck!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
Original post by Trizzro
I’m currently in the process of applying through clearing and they asked me for a certificate of alevel results for proof of grades which I don’t have, what other forms of proof are acceptable

Hi!

The other way to prove your grades is to get your school/college to email their transcript of your grades directly to SOAS. Ask to be cc'd into the email, so you know exactly when they send it.

I would also advise calling the SOAS clearing hotline number (0203 912 6580) today, as it closes tomorrow at 2pm.

If you have any deadline issues, email [email protected] to explain the situation to them.

I hope that this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
Reply 14
Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep Two
Hi!

The other way to prove your grades is to get your school/college to email their transcript of your grades directly to SOAS. Ask to be cc'd into the email, so you know exactly when they send it.

I would also advise calling the SOAS clearing hotline number (0203 912 6580) today, as it closes tomorrow at 2pm.

If you have any deadline issues, email [email protected] to explain the situation to them.

I hope that this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)


Thank you for your response. Another question, is accounting and finance good at soas and how has your personal experience been
Reply 15
Hi Khadeeja,

I am looking to apply for SOAS through clearing for the management course and I wanted to ask, firstly specifically for management, how are most of the lessons taught/graded and how many classes we have per week secondly, would it be difficult to maintain a part-time job and sports on the side?
Reply 16
Original post by swaggystar
Hi Khadeeja,

I am looking to apply for SOAS through clearing for the management course and I wanted to ask, firstly specifically for management, how are most of the lessons taught/graded and how many classes we have per week secondly, would it be difficult to maintain a part-time job and sports on the side?


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Original post by Trizzro
Thank you for your response. Another question, is accounting and finance good at soas and how has your personal experience been


Hi!

I enjoyed the accounting and finance degree at SOAS. Studying this degree at SOAS meant that I had the greatest diversity in module choices, alongside the opportunity to specialise in different areas and regions. For example, there is the option of studying finance in East Asia or finance in North Africa and the Middle East etc. In addition, I found the lecturers and tutors to be genuinely passionate about their respective fields. This not only means that both lectures and tutorials are engaging and interesting, but also each department member assigns a certain number of hours a week for you to drop in, ask them questions, get help or just talk.

The Accounting and Finance degree at SOAS is CIMA and ACCA accredited, which means that you qualify for certain exemptions if you choose to pursue either of those qualifications. In addition, we have a great careers team, who are happy to help you find internships and jobs, help create and tailor your CV/cover letters and give you mock interviews.

Another great thing about SOAS is that all students starting this year will now have the opportunity to study abroad for a year, regardless of which programme they are from. This is an incredible experience and SOAS have curated a very diverse list of partner school options. Some of the country options include the US, Canada, Jordan, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan and so many more!

Finally, SOAS’s campus is in Bloomsbury, in central London, and is next door to UCL and Birkbeck. This is great because students from University of London institutions have the opportunity to use the other universities facilities. For example, as a SOAS student you can use KCL or LSE’s library, sign up for a student membership at UCL’s gym or buy food from Birkbeck’s SU shop etc. In addition, SOAS’s location in London is optimal, as King’s Cross is a 10-15 minute walk in one direction and Tottenham Court Road/Oxford street is a 10-15 minute walk the other way. This means that you are surrounded by amazing places to eat, markets to visit and can always find something to do!

I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
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Original post by swaggystar
Hi Khadeeja,

I am looking to apply for SOAS through clearing for the management course and I wanted to ask, firstly specifically for management, how are most of the lessons taught/graded and how many classes we have per week secondly, would it be difficult to maintain a part-time job and sports on the side?

Hi!

So for each module you will have a two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial for it every week. Each term you'll take between 3-5 modules, so overall it works out to be between 9-15 contact hours.

When it comes to how modules are graded, it will depend on the module itself. Some modules don't have exams and so these can be assessed via coursework, portfolios, presentations etc. When it comes to exam based modules, typically the exam will be the most weighted component (between 50-70% of the grade). The rest of the grade will be assessed through any of the pathways I mentioned before or via tutorial participation or mini MCQs. To find out the exact assessment method for each module, look at the course structure on the BSc management page.

Once you find your rhythm with attending classes and completing your work outside of them, you'll find that you have time for extra-curricular activities and more. However, the number hours you are able to work for a part-time job will be dependent on both you and how your timetable works out, so it might be a good idea to apply for part-time jobs on campus.

I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
hello my application was submitted through the clearing hotline and I was asked to provide proof of my qualifications. I did not provide the correct form of proof as we do not have certificates yet, so they requested for me to ask my school to submit proof instead - my school replied to the email the very same day. After a long wait, my clearing application was unsuccessful and I was really keen to study at SOAS:frown: If my grades were insufficient why was I not rejected straight away? But by the time I received the outcome it was too late to apply for an alternative such as the foundation course instead as clearing has now closed. Is there anything I can do/anyone I can call? many thanks

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