University Entrance

The great majority of our students progress to Higher Education courses in the UK or Spain, before then moving into their chosen careers. We are proud of the fact that our students leave the British School of Gran Canaria not only with the knowledge and qualifications but also the qualities and skills that are needed for successful transition to University life. The school provides significant help, guidance and support that allows our students to make informed decisions about their future University and careers choices. Careers talks are organised to help assist students in their choices, as well as parent information meetings and individual application meetings.

Students who wish to study at a British University will need three A2-level passes, although in some cases two A2-levels are acceptable. Applications are made through a central office (UCAS) and the deadline for application is 15 January for September entry. Each individual course will have different course requirements, and this can be checked on the UCAS website or with staff at school. As part of the application process the school must provide predicted grades for the A2 Examinations. These predicted grades are based upon results achieved at AS Level at the end of Year 12, work carried out in Term 1 on Year 13 / and of course Mock Examination results. Offers of places at UK universities are conditional on achieving the required qualifications, and all of the final offers from universities should have been received by 31st March. If no offers have been made by universities, there is a system though which further individual applications may be made.

The system for applying to universities in the UK is centralised, and organised through UCAS. UCAS is responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. On the UCAS website (www.ucas.com) students are able to search for courses, find out information Universities entry requirements and selection processes, make their formal application and follow its progress. Through UCAS, students may make up to five different choices of universities or courses on the one application. The UCAS website is easy to access, use and monitor – and staff at school give constant help and guidance throughout the whole application process. Students are registered with UCAS to start their application in June of Year 12, and completed application forms may be sent to the UK from early September in Year 13 – with applications for courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Engineering being sent no later than early October.

Useful websites:

Education UK                              www.educationuk.org

British Council                             www.britishcouncil.org

UK Government                           www.direct.gov.uk

UK Border Agency                       www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Prepare for Success                     www.prepareforsuccess.org.uk

In September 2016, the University choices of the British School graduates are the following:


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