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The Hell of UCAS (Applying to Uni in the UK) Part 3: Applying to Uni (UCAS)

-> To read the Part 2 about GCSEs.

-> To read the Part 2 about College & A-Levels

The final part starts down below.

ucas website

This is the bit that’s ACTUALLY confusing. At the end of Lower Sixth (or beginning of Upper Sixth), your school will make you set up an account with UCAS, the (arguably) terrible university application system that every university makes you apply through, even though it’s terrible. But first, I’ll explain the other components.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 2: College and A-Levels

So I’m back, as promised, to start talking about the stuff that actually matters when applying to uni.

To read the previous part about GCSEs, click here.

Your last two years of school (should you choose to stay, rather than go into an apprenticeship) are known as College or (for historical reasons) Sixth form; Year 12 (11th grade) being Lower Sixth and Year 13 (12th grade) being Upper Sixth. Most people use these names interchangeably, so I probably will as well. You’ve been warned.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 1: GCSEs

Any of my friends know that I pretty exclusively complain about Maths and Physics work like they’re the only things I do with myself. Well, with the exception of Chemistry, that is all I do at school.

Most of my foreign friends seem to be slightly confused by the fact that I only do four subjects (Maths, Futher Maths, Physics and Chemisty) and they get even more confused when I say that two of my subjects are Maths. I mean, I don’t even like numbers that much…

The UK education systems (there’s more than one. don’t ask) are a bit of a mess, but as I start my final year at school, I thought I’d have a go at explaining at least the parts that I have to deal with while procrastinating on my personal statement.

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