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How to use UCAS Clearing

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If you want to start university in 2017 but you have:    a. received no offers    b. declined all offers    c. not met your offer conditions    d. missed the June deadline you can still gain a place through UCAS Clearing.   What is Clearing? Clearing is done through UCAS and is a way for students who do not hold any offers to find an available space at a university.   When can I use UCAS Clearing? Clearing opened at the beginning of July and stays open until October. However, if you have taken A-level or IB exams, you will need to…

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Temporary Student Guardianship in the UK

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Students under the age of 18 who are studying in a school, college or university are legally required to have an appointed guardian in the UK if their families are living overseas. The appointed guardian can be a family member, a responsible friend, a guardianship organisation and in some cases the school can act as a guardian. Students usually have a long-term guardianship solution (termly or yearly) but there may be situations where a temporary guardian is needed.   Guardianship during school holidays and exeat weekends If the school has offered to act as a guardian for you/your child, you…

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How to apply to private day and boarding schools in the UK

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UK’s education has a strong reputation and a globally-recognised curriculum. Private schools (also known as independent schools) in particular have a long history of academic excellence. Therefore, it is no surprise that the process of finding and getting accepted into a top UK school can be complex and time-consuming. This article will give parents a better understanding of what is involved when applying to private schools in the UK.   How many schools can I apply to? You can apply to as many schools as you wish; however, you will need to make a separate application to each school. Most…

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Applying to Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge)

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Oxford and Cambridge (also known as Oxbridge) are the UK’s most famous and sought after universities and have a very strict admission procedure. Below you will find all you need to know before applying to Oxbridge. Oxford or Cambridge? Applicants can only apply to Oxford or Cambridge – it is not possible to apply to both universities. Cambridge and Oxford are both world-renowned universities that share many similarities in terms of the collegiate structure, personalised teaching methods, excellent academic reputation and rich learning resources. Therefore, it can be difficult to decide which one to apply to. The best way to decide…

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UK Education System – State and Public Schools

With traditions of academic excellence dating back hundreds of years and world renowned institutions in every corner, it comes as no surprise that the UK has become one of the top destinations to study. This article will explain key points related to the education system in the UK; however, please note that some practices differ in Scotland.   National Curriculum: Key stages The National Curriculum was established in 1988, provides a framework for education in England and Wales for students between the ages of 5 and 18. While the National Curriculum is followed by most state schools, some private schools…

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A levels or IB – which is better for me?

In the UK, the traditional route into higher education after GCSEs is to study A Levels for two years. However, there are an increasing number of schools (mainly public schools) that have started offering IB (International Baccalaureate) courses to prospective students. While IB is gaining a wider recognition by many universities, some UK schools offer both options to students, some however solely offer one or the other. As this is a crucial factor in deciding which school to attend, it is important to understand what each qualification entails. This article will draw on a comparison between A Levels and IB and…

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What can I do if I missed the January UCAS deadline?

The cutoff date for most university applications was last Sunday, 15th January 2017. If you missed this deadline for whatever reason, do not panic! You can still apply! This useful article will take you through all the options that are open to you.   Option 1 – Applying through UCAS as a late applicant: You can apply now and until 30th June 2017 as a late applicant. Your UCAS form will still be forwarded to the universities you’ve applied to; however, admissions tutors are not obliged to consider you because of ‘equal academic consideration’ (this guarantees each applicant equal consideration…

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How to apply to UK universities using UCAS

For many international students, applying to universities in the UK can be quite daunting. UKG has a dedicated team with years of experience in the UK Higher Education Sector to provide you with a useful guide to the British university system. This article will take you step by step through the UCAS application process.   UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) UCAS is an independent organisation that processes all applications to UK universities for full-time undergraduate courses. Applications to part-time courses are slightly different and you will need to contact universities individually to find out how to apply. If you…

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UK School Placement – How to choose and apply to UK schools

At present there are around 2,500 independent and private schools in the UK. With this huge number, it can be a very daunting task choosing the perfect school for you or your child. Below are a few important points to consider before making your choice:   Should I choose a single sex or co-ed school? The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you would prefer a single sex school (just boys or girls) or a co-ed school (boys and girls together). There are many advantages and disadvantages of both, for example many people believe that students concentrate…

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Dedicated UK Guardianship Administration Officer

If you book educational guardianship services with UKGuardianship, the first thing we will do is appoint you with a dedicated AO (Administration Officer). Your AO will be your main point of contact before and during your time in the UK. This means that you will always speak to the same person if you have any questions or problems while you are studying in the UK.   What is the role of my UK guardian? Your UK guardian (Administration Officer) will look after you while you are in the UK. They will not be in the school with you but you…

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