iGCSE or Pre A-Level – which is better for me?

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If you are thinking about taking A-Levels in the UK, you may be considering either iGCSEs or a Pre A-Level course in preparation. But what are the differences between the two and which would be better for you to take? We’ve done some research on both to help you make your decision.   What are iGCSEs? GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are academic qualifications taken by most students in the UK at age 16. The iGCSEs are an international alternative to GCSEs and are recognised by most countries. They are highly exam based and graded on an 8-point scale…

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Ask Susan: Is ranking important when choosing a UK boarding school?

When searching for a good boarding school in the UK, it might be the intention of most people to judge a school by its school ranking on League Tables. But which factors are school rankings based on? And how important are they when choosing a UK boarding school?   Which factors are school rankings in the UK based on? Most secondary school rankings are based on A-level or GCSE results and/or the number of students that get into a highly ranked university afterwards.   What are the advantages of school rankings? Rankings seem like a good starting point if you…

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What is Academic Mentoring?

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“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor If you have already done research into how to improve your academic skills and reach your full potential, you have probably heard of Academic Mentoring Services. If not, or if you feel like you still need more details, please read below.   What does Academic Mentoring mean? Mentoring in general means that a person who has more knowledge than another person helps them in the form of training or advise. Academic Mentoring means that…

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Ask Susan: 5 top tips to kick-start your UK study journey

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If this is your first time studying in the UK, you may get a shock in your first few weeks at your new school or university. Cultural differences can cause confusion and anxiety to some students as the way their UK school/university is run, the way students and teachers work and the expectations of students can vary a lot from what you are used to in your own country. Below are Susan’s 5 top tips to help you settle quickly into your new student life and thrive:   1. Change the way you learn. Be more proactive (ask questions; read…

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How to use UCAS Adjustment

Were your A-Level results better than you expected? If you’ve met and exceeded the conditions of your conditional firm choice, you can try to find another place, without losing your original offer. This process is called Adjustment.   What is UCAS Adjustment? UCAS Adjustment is less well known than UCAS Clearing. Unlike Clearing that helps students whose exam results were not as good as they expected to secure a place at a university, Adjustment by contrast accommodates students who exceed their predicated grades by offering them an opportunity to reconsider their choice of course or university.   Can I use…

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Ask Susan: How to prepare for UK school applications

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Welcome to our new ‘Ask Susan’ blog section! UKG director, Susan Fang, is an expert in UK education and guardianship and each month she will be answering important questions. A product of UK education herself, having studied at North London Collegiate School, the number one girl’s school in the country, and then onto the University of Cambridge. This month Susan will be giving advice on how to prepare for UK school applications. If there are any questions you would like Susan to answer, please comment below or write to us at marketing@ukguardianship.com.   How would you describe the British education…

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How to use UCAS Clearing

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If you want to start university this year 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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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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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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