Lycée Georges Duby – English Section
APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITY IN GREAT BRITAIN 2013 ENTRY
DEADLINES: 15 October for some courses/ universities and 15 January for others (see ‘when to apply’ rubric below)
Applications to the different universities in Great Britain must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges
Admissions Service). This organisation acts as an intermediary between applicants and universities and most of the
communication between applicants and universities will be carried out through UCAS. The school is affiliated to
this organisation and you can now apply online. www.ucas.com
From 2012, most degrees in the UK will cost in the region of £9000 in England and Wales and £1700 in Scotland.
Medicine is a little more expensive. Living expenses will be in the region of £5000 outside London and £6000 in
London. However, given that the average graduate is earning substantially more than the average non-graduate, a
university education can be seen as an investment for the future. EU residents are eligible for loans to help with
tuition fees, but not for student loans to cover maintenance costs. For further details on finance see ‘Loans
Available’ below and go to
Some universities offer scholarships or bursaries. Contact their websites; also consult www.scholarship-
Where to find information about courses
You can obtain information about universities and courses through the following:
The UCAS website: www.ucas.com
The different university websites. You can contact by e-mail the different admissions officers at the
universities to ask them for specific entry requirements for particular courses. You need to tell them what
you are studying and what Baccalaureate you are doing. Many universities organise open days, when you
can visit the university and meet tutors and students.
Undergraduate prospectuses for the different universities are available in the AGESSIA Office Room 340
and on the UCAS website.
Guides and directories such as The Times Good University Guide and The Big Guide, all of which can be
consulted in the Section Office (see ‘Choosing a University’ below).
Consider the following when choosing a course: does it suit my interests and aptitudes, will I be able to
meet the entry requirements for this course, should I opt for a Single Honours or a Joint Honours Degree,
does the course include a period of study abroad, does it include work experience? Many institutions
provide entry profiles for their courses which are accessible on the UCAS website. Take time to get to
know this website and to look at all the things there to help you make your choices. Useful sites:
www.ukcoursefinder.com and http://uk.tickle.com for personality profiling and learning about careers
www.channel4.com/brilliantcareers and www.prospects.ac.uk (the UK’s official graduate careers website)
http://asiba.web.cern.ch/ (Association des Sections Internationales Britanniques et Anglophones – supporting the
British version of the OIB)
www.thestudentroom.co.uk where you will find an A-Z of university profiles plus a ‘Personal Statement Library’.
Choosing a University
Criteria that might help you to decide are: town or country, live in town or live on campus, old or new university,
accommodation provision (halls of residence), quality of teaching in a particular department, cost, scholarships
available, ability to achieve the qualifications/grades required for entry. Helpful
www.ucas.com/instit/index.html (list of UK universities), www.push.co.uk and unistats.direct.gov.uk (make UK
‘The Times Good University Guide’ and ‘The Guardian University Guide’,
Procedure for Application
1) Your language/ Literature teacher will be your referee for application purposes. You need to collect
together your bulletins from Seconde and Première and copies of your various diplomas + brief CV with
extra-curricular activities and this folder must be given in to the office no later than mid- September for
15 October applicants and mid-October for 15 January applicants. All applications to be finalised before
2) Get on the UCAS website. You will find a lot of useful information on the site to help you with your choice of
courses, how to contact the universities and their prospectuses, information for international students, though not all
is relevant as you are not an international student, strictly speaking. Click on Apply 2013; click on Register the
first time (subsequently click on Log in to use Apply), click on next, then on next again (after ticking the ‘terms
and conditions’ box). Next, complete ‘Initial Details’ (name and address). Then, choose a personal password and
four ‘security questions’ with the appropriate answers. UCAS will give you a user name to keep. Then log in again
and give the buzzword, georgesduby2013. Then you will be given a personal ID number. You must pay by credit
Remember you can only list five choices on the application form (four for Med., Vet., Dent. Sciences; three for
Art + Design Route B and one for Oxbridge).
For some courses/universities (primarily LAW and MEDICINE), you may have to sit ADDITIONAL
ADMISSIONS TESTS between September and early November which you can take at this school (e.g. the
Biomedical Test (BMAT), among others, takes place au lycée on Wednesday, November 7th 2012). PLEASE
NOTE: The English Section noticeboard has details of all the courses which require admissions tests. The
following books are available in the English Section office for you to borrow: ‘How to master the BMAT’ by Chris
Tyreman, ‘Preparing for the BMAT – the official Cambridge Assessment guide’ and ‘Mastering the National
Admissions Test for Law’ by Mark Shepherd.
The universities select their undergraduates according to the quality and suitability of the application they make in
Terminale. You will almost certainly be made a conditional offer – i.e. conditional on you obtaining a particular
grade overall and certain grades in particular subjects. Your teacher’s reference will have to be based on your
profile in Première, so make sure your marks in Première show what you are capable of. As a general rule, the
more popular the course and the university, the higher the entry requirements will be.
3) Don’t forget to watch UCAS tv! Go to www.ucas.tv and see videos including ‘How to apply’ and ‘How to use
When to apply
Applications are made between 15 September and end of December for all courses except the following:
Applications for courses at Oxford or Cambridge must reach UCAS by 15 October.
Applicants to Oxford need to contact the Oxford Colleges Admissions Office to fill in the separate Oxford
Application Form (to be sent before 15 October)
Applicants to Cambridge need to fill in the Preliminary Application Form and send it to the admissions
tutor of the first choice Cambridge College or the Cambridge Intercollegiate Applications Office if you
don’t choose a particular college.
Applications for Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Medicine should reach UCAS by 15 October.
Applications for Art + Design Route A: end of December; Route B: end of February. You may need to
produce a portfolio.
Interviews: a number of universities require students to go for interviews in the period of December/
January. You need to be prepared to spend a couple of days in the UK if the university invites you and
you need to think about how to come across best in an interview.
Admissions Tests: Some subjects require pupils to register and take admissions tests as part of their
application. For Law, the LNAT: www.lnat.ac.uk
For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science: www.bmat.org.uk or www.ukcat.ac.uk (depending on the
university you select). See also information on UCAS website about universities/courses requiring tests.
You have to enrol to sit for these tests during the autumn of 2012 (September and early October) for
entry in 2013 or 2014 (deferred entry candidates). The Aptitude Test for Physics (PAT) and History
(HAT) must be registered for by 6 p.m. (French time) on 15th October – the day Oxford University
applications close. Note that all Engineering courses at Oxford University now require the Physics
Aptitude Test (PAT). Check on the university website if a test is required for your course. For
Oxford go to www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/tests. There you will see which courses require pre-inteview
tests some of which can be taken here at the lycée on Wednesday, November 7th.
Apply in good time. Leave plenty of time for the person writing your reference (your referee) to
collect the necessary information from other teachers. If you know you will be applying, make sure
you give your referee a copy of your school reports for Première and a list of all activities you have
been involved in, in and out of school, such as class delegate, member of the debating club, etc. Also if
you practise music/sport/other on a regular basis.
Only apply if you are genuinely interested in studying in Great Britain, rather than just to see if
anyone will take you. Preparing references is a time-consuming activity, so please don’t burden
yourself and your referee unnecessarily.
What happens afterwards
You will be hearing from UCAS in due course with the offers the different universities will be making you.
These will be either:
U : unconditional offer (no further qualifications are required. If you accept it you have the place).
C : conditional offer (your place is guaranteed subject to you obtaining certain grades at your
R : unsuccessful (no place offered).
When you have received all the replies, you will receive a ‘replying to offers’ letter from UCAS. You must
then choose two: one will be your firm offer, the course you are really interested in, and the second one
will be your insurance offer, one that you are interested in and where the offer is lower and you feel
confident you should be able to meet their requirements. If you are not successful, you can use the new
service called UCAS EXTRA from mid-March to July 2013 to allow you to make additional choices where vacancies
exist. These will be shown on the rubric COURSE SEARCH on the UCAS website. If you still don’t get a place or
miss the grade required for both your firm and insurance offer, you have the opportunity of going through
CLEARING. Clearing starts on 17 August 2013 the date on which “A” level results come out in Britain.
What happens when the Baccalaureate results come out
Make sure you have sorted out your university situation BEFORE you go off on holiday. You should contact the
universities immediately after your results to tell them whether you have met their requirements or not at all (e.g. You
were asked for 14 in Maths and 16 in Physics and an overall mark of 14. You obtained I5 overall, 15 in Maths and 14
in Physics). In many cases it is worth asking your referee to contact the admissions tutor to negotiate the possibility of
taking you if you are near the requirements specified. You therefore need to be available, to have your relevé de
notes with you and your livret scolaire. Many universities now require the school to send the results officially. We
will only do so if you come to see us with your ‘relevé des notes’ and the list of universities to be contacted.
Mr. Gibbs or Mrs Hackenheimer will be available on two working days after the results are released to carry out
this negotiation on your behalf.
For many universities 15/20 average at the Bac. is the equivalent of AAA ( 3 Grade As at Advanced Level) and
makes students eligible for a scholarship in certain cases.
So AIM HIGH !!!
LOANS AVAILABLE IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND & WALES FOR EU STUDENTS
Most universities in the UK have now increased their tuition fees to around £ 9,000 per annum. Check with
the individual universities you are interested in applying to. As you are an EU student you can take out a
student loan which you only need to start paying back when you have finished your studies and are earning
more than £ 21,000 per annum. The deadline for making your application for student support is 31st May of the
year of university entry (2013).
Loans for English universities
1) Go to www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/UniversityAndHigherEducation/StudentFinance/
2) Click on ‘Student finance 2013/14 who qualifies for student finance?’
3) Click on ‘EU Students’ (NOTE: if you are applying to study in SCOTLAND contact the Student
Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) – see below.
4) This next page is ‘Forms and guides – ‘EU student finance (2013/14)’; click on ‘Download New
Student’s Application Form (EU13N)’.
5)Send your application form to ‘Student Finance Services EU Team, PO Box 89, Darlington DL1 9AZ,
GRANDE BRETAGNE; note that the application deadline for full-time students is 31st May 2013.
6) Contact the Student Finance Services European Team which offers advice to EU students for student
finance. Tel. 0044 141 243 3570 (lines open Mon-Fri, 10.00-18.30 French time).
Loans for Scottish universities
Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) by going to
Click on ‘financial support’ at the top of the homepage and you will view the following links: ‘Am I eligible
to apply for support?’; Is my course funded?’; ‘What financial support can I get?’ ‘What do I need to pay
back?’; ‘How do I apply?’
You can apply from April 2013. Do not wait for exam results or a firm offer before applying. The deadline
for applications is 30th June 2013. Note that if you do not get on the course that you originally applied for,
SAAS can change your application to another course or cancel your application. You will need to register
online with the SAAS to use its web services; you will be given a reference number. To call SAAS from
France dial 0300 300 3135 and choose option 6. Lines will be open from 09h30 to 18h00 (Mon-Thursdays)
and to 17h30 on Fridays (French time).
Loans for Welsh universities
Go to ‘studentfinancewales.co.uk’ and click on ‘Financial support available 2013/14’ and on
‘How to apply’. Note that the deadline to apply for student finance (Wales) is early May 2013
(precise date to be confirmed).
The UNIVDUBY Wiki
This website contains a lot of useful information and student comments.
If you are not registered on the WIKI visit the site http://univduby.pbworks.com and request access
or send an email to Mr. Gibbs firstname.lastname@example.org