ALED HAYDN JONES, pictured, presents The Surgery phone-in on BBC Radio1. Here, he talks about the A-level special airing this Sunday from 10pm. Weunderstandyouvebeen clockingupthemiles? I WAS on the BBC Switch tour in Southampton, Glasgow and Hull. I made a quick stop in Cardiff then had to be back at Radio 1 HQ on Monday to catch up with [Chris] Moyles whos back from holiday. Haveyouandthesaviourgot anythingplannedforexam resultsdaytoday? WERE hosting an A-level karaoke party for 1,600 18-year-olds in Bristol. Its the biggest weve done. Itsoundslikeanexcusefora Skinspartytous... HA HA, I hope not, dont say that... I hadnt thought of it in that way! Howareyouenjoying TheSurgery? IT HAS been amazing. Weve dealt with lots of issues but weve featured exams much more this year. We decided to take the show on the road -- a bit weird because suddenly I was face to face with my audience. Whydidyoufocusonexams? WE REALISED how stressful they are. Its easy to say, You dont know what pressure is until youve got a mortgage, or a family, or a job, but choosing what to do with the next few years of your life in the space of a few weeks is tough. HowisRadio1helping? WE WANT to let students know there are people who can help. They can call the Universities And Colleges Admissions Service [Ucas] on 0808 100 8000 or, for extra advice, weve got Ucas experts and careers advisers in the studio this Sunday. Maybe you want to start a business rather than go to uni, or youre already in a job you dont like -- either way they are here to help. Hasthedemandfor universityplaces increasedthisyear? THERE are so many young people out of work, they are consider- ing returning to higher education. Those about to embark on a university career are under added pressure to achieve more because there is no guaran- tee of a job at the end of it. Didyougotouniversity? I WASNT bright at school. I wanted to get into radio but my Dad said: You might want to get a proper job rather than a hobby. I did a BTEC in computer programming at Aberystwyth for two years. I hated it and dropped out a month before exams. Soyouskippeduniandstill landedyourdreamjob? I WAS lucky -- media benefits from hands-on experience. You dont have to go to uni, you can just get out there and do it. That doesnt apply to every profession. Whatshouldyoudoifyoudidnt gettheresultsyouwanted? DONT panic and make rash decisions about your future there and then. Its not as bad as it looks and there are always lots of options even if its not the path you planned. Aled presents The Surgery on Radio 1, Sunday nights from 10pm Education2009 The Surgery is on call CELEBRITY STUDENTS Kate Beckinsale the Underworld actress studied French and Russian literature at Oxford after choosing university over drama school. Brian May the guitarist scored a Bachelor of Sciences degree with honours from Imperial College, London. He was studying for a doctorate on dust in the solar system when Queen got their break. Judge Jules Julius ORiordan got his DJ nickname after achieving a 2:1 degree in law at the London School of Economics. JK Rowling the Harry Potter author studied French at the University of Essex after her parents said she should pick something that was more useful than English. Sir Mick Jagger the Stones frontman attended the London School of Economics and majored in accounting and finance before he left in late 1963 to concentrate on music. His degree is still incomplete. Q&A TuneintoRadio1sphone-inshowthisSundayforanA-levelspecial WORDSJAMESDAY London Lite Thursday, 20 August 2009 27 A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN CLEARING Set in the heart of north London, we offer a range of world-class undergraduate courses to give your prospects a real lift. So if you want to stand out in the capital, theres still time to rise up with a Middlesex degree. Wide range of programmes, from Art and Design to Product Design, Business Studies to Housing Studies, Computer Science to Social Science Dont miss out, call free for an instant decision: 0800 069 6101 or text CLEARING1 to 84118 and well call you back. LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH LONDON WITH OUTSTANDING FACILITIES VISIT ON AN OPEN DAY OR CAMPUS TOUR FOR 2009 ENTRY IN CLEARING Clearing Open Day Saturday 22 August, Hendon and Trent Park campuses Campus Tours Every Wednesday plus 20 and 21 August and 24-28 August www.mdx.ac.uk/clearing6 MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY IN LONDON UP? RISE READY TO Mostpopularunisubjectsbystudentnumbers Focused: Ashley studies photography at Thames Valley University Business & administrative studies: 310,445 Subjects allied to medicine: 287,125 Education: 202,300 Social studies: 198,875 Biological sciences: 161,600 Creative arts & design: 158,890 Engineering & technology: 139,435 Languages: 136,050 Combined: 118,300 Historical & philosophical studies: 96,620 Computer science: 95,575 Law: 89,245 Physical sciences: 82,130 Architecture, building & planning: 63,085 Medicine & dentistry: 61,810 Mass communications & documentation: 47,965 Mathematical sciences: 34,120 Agriculture & related: 17,680 Veterinary science: 4,850 ClearingleftAshley trulysnap-happy WHILE studying a National Diploma in art, design & multimedia at college, Ashley Derrick, 19, applied for photography courses through Ucas at several universities, but his applications were unsuccessful. Ucas advised me to apply for a place through clearing and thats how I found a course at Thames Valley University, he said. They asked me for an interview and I got in. I would recommend clearing to anyone who has been turned down by their first-choice university. I started a week or so later than other students because of the clearing system but it didnt affect anything. The course is brilliant. Ashley has just completed his first year of the BA (Hons) digital imaging and photography course at TVU. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html