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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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5 Reasons to Book a GCSE, A-Level or School / University Tutor

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This quote from Albert Einstein perfectly sums up school life – we cannot be the best at every subject in school; you may have a real talent for Maths but struggle with English, you may find Economics exams really easy but have no idea where to start when revising for Biology exams. We all struggle sometimes in school and in life and it is not a bad thing to ask for help…

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What to Expect from a School Guardian

It is becoming more and more common for international students to study in day and boarding schools in the UK; however, studying and living in another country can be a daunting and scary experience. Therefore, it is important that there is someone in the UK that the student trusts and can turn to if they are not happy or if they have a problem.   Do I need a guardian to study in the UK? If you are travelling to the UK without your parents, your housemaster will usually look after your guardianship needs while you are at school. However,…

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Day and boarding schools for guardianship students in the UK

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Choosing which school to go to or send your children to is an extremely difficult decision, especially if the schools are in a different country. The first thing you need to decide is whether you would like a boarding school or a day school, but do you know the difference between these two types of schools?   What is a boarding school? If you choose a boarding school, you/your child will study and live at the school. During term time, the school provides accommodation, meals and extra activities in addition to full-time education.   What is a day school? If…

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Guardianship for overseas students in the UK

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What is a guardian? Many students aged under 18 choose to study at boarding schools or day schools in the UK and it is often not practical for their parents to travel with them. In these cases, a UK-based guardian is usually appointed to act as the parents’ representative and take care of the student’s welfare and educational needs while in the UK. The guardian is sometimes a friend or family member; however, as this is a big responsibility, guardianship organisations are often used.   Do I need a guardian if I want to study in the UK? It is…

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