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Applying to UK Universities for 2011 1

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									Applying to UK Universities for 2011
Changes from last year are highlighted in red.

UCAS (Universities Central Admissions System)

Application must be made through UCAS (www.ucas.com).

Application is done online via apply. This is available anywhere with an internet
connection. You just enter your user name and password.

When you access apply for the first time you must register. You must do this through
the school using the Buzzword Brussels1. Do not apply as an independent candidate.

You can choose five universities. Candidates for medicine have four choices for
medicine, plus one extra.

You must apply by the following dates:
             Oxford, Cambridge and all Medicine courses by 15th October 2010.

               All others by 15th January 2011.

               Early application is advised.

               School deadline: Applications must be completed by candidates and
               passed to their referee by Friday 3rd December 2010.

You must discuss your choices with your teachers to get advice on which course and
which university is best for you.

You must make an appointment with Mr Bulwer in the Guidance Centre or Mrs
Catt (Plato Room 303) to let the school know you will be applying. Sign up for an
appointment with Mr Bulwer on the list on the office door on the second floor of the
Villa. For an appointment with Mrs Catt sign up on the list on her classroom door
Plato 303.

Conditional Offers
If the university accepts your application it will make you an offer. This will be
conditional: you must achieve this mark in the final examinations or you will not be
accepted. It will look something like this: 75% average with 8 in Mathematics and
Physics (for Engineering), or 75% average with 8 in English and History (for
Politics). You can find out what each university demands for each course by careful
research. (See the table of equivalences below.)


Personal Statement

This forms an important part of your application. You must write about yourself,
explaining why you want to study the course you have chosen; why you want to study
in the UK; what your intellectual and personal background is – languages, nationality,
education, reading; you should also include your interests and achievements. Try to
write a coherent essay explaining about yourself rather than a list of achievements.
You should ask for help and suggestions, but it should remain a personal statement
and should not rely too much on help from other people. Ask for the statement to be
checked over by your English teacher for language, or another teacher helping you
with your application. The personal statement is important to your application: some
universities give it as a reason for rejection. If the personal statement does not
strongly support your reasons for choosing the course you may be unsuccessful. All
personal statements are checked for plagiarism. Any personal statement that is copied
from an already existing source may lead to the cancellation of your application.

References

The school will write a reference for you as part of your application. This will be
written by one of your teachers with contributions from all your subject teachers,
normally by an English speaker. It will comment on your performance in school over
the past few years and will give a realistic prediction of your likely result at the final
European Baccalaureate examinations. This will be based largely on your
performance in the end of 6th year examinations, which gives a good indication of
what your final Baccalaureate mark is likely to be.

Choice of university

The best university for you to study at will be the one at which you will be happiest
and where you will be able to perform at your best. The course details, the location
and the level of work demanded will all play a part in this. The most competitive
university with the highest levels of achievement may not necessarily be the best one
for you. Careful research and consideration of all the factors are needed here. The
position of the university in the league tables is not always the best guide as to which
one is the best for you. You should research carefully by going to www.ucas.com in
the first instance, and then by following the links to the individual university websites.

Choice of Subject

The most competitive universities (Oxbridge, Russell Group) offer academic subjects
rather than vocational ones. Emphasis is still placed in English-language higher
education on the study of an academic subject (sciences as well as humanities) to a
high level. Professional and vocational training is then undertaken after the first
degree. A professional qualification (rather than a Masters degree in an academic
subject) is normally required for entrance to a chosen career. Medicine is the only
exception here, and in any case the first few years of medical training are scientific
and theoretical. Having a first degree in a theoretical or academic subject is no barrier
in the UK or the USA to any profession.

Oxford and Cambridge

Entry to these two top universities is extremely competitive. Early action and
decisions are required. You must decide which course you are going to apply for
before the end of the sixth year and prepare carefully for application by doing extra
reading and work for your chosen subject area. All courses are highly academic and
theoretical, and require a high degree of commitment (even obsession). The work rate
is very demanding and you need to be a self-starter who will willingly spend many
hours in the library working.

You must also choose a college to apply to. See the university websites
(www.ox.ac.uk www.cam.ac.uk) for information on the individual colleges.

The admissions tutors will ask many applicants to submit work done at school
(usually essays). These essays must be thoroughly researched, original and well
expressed (in English). They should be about two thousand words long.

Some subjects require extra entrance tests:

Medicine BMAT       www.bmat.org.uk/index.html This test will take place in
school on 3rd November 2010.

Law LNAT               www.lnat.ac.uk

PPE, E&M, Psychology courses Politics, Philosophy and Economics and
Economics and Management, Experimental Psychology and Psychology and
Philosophy at Oxford require the TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment). This test will
take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

History HAT
        www.history.ox.ac.uk/prosundergrad/applying/hat_introduction.htm
This test will take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

Physics          There are two papers to be taken here: one in Physics, one in
Mathematics. See the departmental website:
http://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/
This test will take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

English          there will be a test for English. See the website: www.english.ox.ac.uk
This test will take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

Computing there will be a test for Computing. See the website:
www.comlab.ox.ac.uk
This test will take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

Mathematics there will be a test for Mathematics. See the website:
http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/
This test will take place in school on 3rd November 2010.

Please check carefully to see if any other subjects are intending to set admissions
tests.

The HAT (History Aptitude Test), Physics, English, Computing and Mathematics are
only for Oxford courses; BMAT and LNAT are required by Oxford and other
universities also (see below).
Cambridge also set the TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment) for certain courses, but this
is administered at Cambridge during the interview period.

ESPS at UCL: European Social and Political Studies will tested at interview by a
TSA.


Interviews      Most candidates (not all) are invited to interview at Oxford or
Cambridge during the first week in December. This plays an important part in the
battery of assessments made by the universities to decide whether to make you an
offer. The conditional offer (if you receive one) will be at least 85%, with 9/10
demanded in certain key subjects at the Bac final examinations. The school receives
on average three or four offers each year.


Other Universities

Entrance Tests
Some other universities also require entrance tests:

BMAT for Medicine and Veterinary Science at:
Imperial College London
Royal Veterinary College
University College London



UKCAT              www.ukcat.ac.uk/home

Registration is now open for UKCAT. You must register early and take the test
before you make your application. It is advisable to do this over the summer
holiday and in any case before 8th October 2010.


UKCAT Universities

Candidates intending to apply in 2010 for entry to one of the universities and courses listed below in 2011 or
for deferred entry in 2012 are required to take the UKCAT by the 8th October 2010 deadline.



                         University                                  UCAS Course Code


  University of Aberdeen                                      A100, A201


  Brighton and Sussex Medical School                          A100
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry   A100, A101, A200, A201


Cardiff University                                      A100, A104, A200, A204


University of Dundee                                    A100, A104, A200, A204


University of Durham                                    A100


University of East Anglia                               A100, A104


University of Edinburgh                                 A100


University of Glasgow                                   A100, A200


Hull York Medical School                                A100


Keele University                                        A100, A104


King's College London                                   A100, A101, A102, A202, A205


Imperial College London Graduate Entry                  A101


University of Leeds                                     A100


University of Leicester                                 A100, A101


University of Manchester                                A104, A106, A204, A206


University of Newcastle                                 A100, A101, A206


University of Nottingham                                A100


University of Oxford Graduate Entry                     A101


Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry             A100


Queen's University Belfast                              A100, A200
 University of Sheffield                    A100, A104, A200


 University of Southampton                  A100, A101, A102


 University of St Andrews                   A100, B900


 St George's, University of London          A100


 Warwick University Graduate Entry          A101




UKCAT Key dates and Information
Key dates
 Registration opens:                                4 May 2010


 Bursary applications processed from:               4 May 2010


 Testing begins:                                    6 July 2010


 Registration deadline:                             27 September 2010


 Bursary application deadline:                      27 September 2010


 Exemption application deadline:                    27 September 2010


 Last testing date:                                 8 October 2010


 UCAS application deadline:                         15 October 2010




LNAT (Law) (www.lnat.ac.uk) at the following:
  University of Birmingham
  University of Bristol
  Durham University
  University of Leeds
  University of Glasgow
  King's College London
  University of Nottingham
  University of Oxford
  University College London



You must get advice and apply to take these tests in good time. Some are done
through the school (BMAT, HAT and other Oxford tests); for others you have to
register yourself (LNAT, UKCAT).


You may be asked by some universities (particularly more competitive ones) to attend
an interview, or to submit work, or to do a special piece of work, or to complete a
questionnaire. Some may even arrange a telephone interview. Most give an offer on
the basis of the application. You should be aware that some universities will reject
you without giving a reason, particularly at sought-after places for competitive
courses. (That’s life.)




Conversion Table of A level grades to European Baccalaureate scores

Three 'A'-Level 'A'-Level   % European
Points          Grades      Baccalaureate
360             AAA         85+
                            84
                            83
                            82
                            81
340             AAB         80
                            79
                            78
320             ABB         77
                            76
300             BBB         75
                            74
280             BBC         73
                            72
                            71
260             BCC         70
                            69
240             CCC         68
                            67
220             CCD         66
                            65
200             CDD         64
                            63
180             DDD         62
                             61
160             DDE          60


UCAS FAQs

How do I access apply?
Go to www.ucas.com and follow the links.
Or you can go directly to: http://www.ucas.com/apply02/index.html

What is the school Buzzword?
Brussels1

What is my user name?

This will be generated by UCAS for you. It will probably be your initial, your
surname +1 (eg: jbulwer1).

What is my password?

This will be generated by UCAS for you. You can change it if you like.

What is my fee code? (EU Nationals only)

02

Student Support

EU Team

What happens if I am not an EU national?

Discuss this with your referee or Mr Bulwer or Mrs Catt as soon as possible.

What is my residential category? (EU Nationals only)

A - UK Citizen/EU National


How do I fill in the qualifications section?

Go to the Baccalaureate section. Then click European Baccalaureate.
You must include your 6th year marks. Put the correct date and fill in the boxes, using
the year or C mark. Do all of these first. Then include your European Baccalaureate
subjects, leaving the boxes blank. Indicate written, oral or continuous. Continuous
for any subject you are not taking a final exam in.
UCAS 2010 Check List         A list of things to think about

Making the right choice

   •   www.ucas.com
   •   Open Days and visits to different universities
   •   University websites and virtual tours
   •   University prospectuses
   •   The school careers advisor
   •   The UK careers advisor
   •   The Occupations handbook
   •   Subject area guides and handbooks
   •   The Times Good University Guide
   •   The Virgin University Guide
   •   Alternative guides
   •   Newspaper surveys (The Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Observer,
       Guardian)

The right subject and course

   •   A school subject (English, History, Chemistry, Maths etc.)

   •   A subject closely related to one or more studied at school (Biochemistry,
       European Studies)

   •   A completely new subject (Psychology, Law, Environmental Studies,
       Medicine)

   •   A professional / vocational course (Nursing, Teacher training, Accountancy,
       Nutrition)

   •   A practical course (Hotel and Catering, Audio Systems, Business Studies)

   •   Art and design: one-year foundation courses
   •   Art and design: Routes A and B
   •   Seek advice on portfolio preparation and how to apply


Other things to consider

   •   How long is the course?
   •   B.Sc. / B.A. : 3 or 4 years
   •   M.Sc. / M.Eng. : 4 years
   •   Is there a year / semester abroad?
   •   Is an Erasmus year possible?
   •   Is it a sandwich course (thin or thick)?
   •   Is an industrial placement compulsory?
   •   What are my career / academic prospects after I have completed this degree?
   •   Does this course give a professional qualification?
   •   If not, what will I have to do afterwards?
The right university

   •   Near / far
   •   Big city
   •   Small city / town
   •   City centre (old, red brick)
   •   Campus ( glass and concrete, more modern)
   •   Oxford / Cambridge
   •   Big university
   •   Small university
   •   London
   •   The sea / countryside
   •   Transport links
   •   Sports
   •   Climate
   •   Accommodation
   •   Will I be able to live on the campus?
   •   How long for?
   •   What sports, cultural, social etc. facilities are there?
   •   How easy is it to get from the campus to the nearest town / city?
   •   How much is it going to cost to live there?

The right course and university

   •   What are the requirements? (particular subjects and overall EB mark)
   •   Am I on course to achieve them?
   •   Has the university got a good faculty for my chosen subject?
   •   How big is the department?
   •   Is there anything special or unusual about the course there?

Applying through UCAS

   •   All applications are electronic. The form is completed on-line.
   •   5 choices in total.
   •   4 medical / vet / dentistry schools only
   •   15th October: deadline for Oxbridge and Medicine applications.
   •   15th January: other courses and universities deadline.

   •   Importance of personal statement
   •   School reference: a compilation of all of your teachers’ comments about your
       work, attainment etc. Confidential.
   •   Predicted EB marks
   •   Complete application promptly – before end of November
   •   Conditional offer / rejection

   •   Keep 2 offers, one firm and one insurance
   •   Go to firm choice if you have achieved the marks required.
   •   Go to insurance place if not.
   •   UCAS Extra if you get 5 rejections. Gives you more chances.
   •   Clearing in July-August if both your universities reject you.

Oxford and Cambridge

   •   Separate application form: goes at the same time as the main UCAS
       application.
   •   Some courses demand entrance examinations (LNAT Law, BMAT Medicine,
       HAT History, STEP papers for Cambridge Maths)
   •   Interviews in December
   •   Very competitive, especially certain subjects and colleges.
   •   You apply to a college of the university.
   •   You can only apply to one of the two.

How much will it all cost?

   •   For 2010-11, top-up fees of £3,390 per year.
   •   Scotland has no top-up fees but a graduate tax payable in the final year.
   •   English students pay top-up fees in Scotland, but other EU ones do not.
   •   The fees are payable at the end of the course.
   •   You may take a low-interest loan to cover the cost of fees.
   •   Your fee debt can be repaid through your income tax code when you start to
       earn over £15,000 p.a.
   •   University halls of residence costs: £50 - £110 per week depending on where
       and how luxurious.
   •   London is more expensive than anywhere else.
   •   Allow at least 10,000 euros p.a. to meet all university costs, apart from fees.

   •   Your fee debt can be repaid through your income tax code when you start to
       earn over £15,000 p.a.
   •   University halls of residence costs: £50 - £110 per week depending on where
       and how luxurious.
   •   London is more expensive than anywhere else.
   •   Allow at least 10,000 euros per year to meet all university costs, apart from
       fees.

Work experience

   •   All UK schools organize work experience for year 11 (5th year) students.
   •   It is part of the curriculum in other European countries too.
   •   If you can get any kind of paid / unpaid work before you apply, take it.
   •   It is essential for Medicine and Veterinary Science, recommended for anything
       else.

Some universities, notably Bristol, will simply not accept students who are under 18
years old on 1st October when their course begins. Others will insist on a relative or
friend with a UK address being prepared to act as your legal guardian until you are 18
years old. This is due to the Children’s Act, in the UK.

								
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