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    Hi!

    I haven't ever used UCAS yet because I'm planning on applying to uni next year.

    However, I've been told a piece of gossip about the system and I'd like to have it clear.

    In my country, A levels (equivalent) normally take 3 years. However, I went to a bilingual class with an entry year, the so called "zero year" (before years 1, 2 & 3). During said year I learnt a foreign language. I went to the same school where I'm now completing my maturity exam preparation but my education was focused on said language (20 h / week).
    So, a normal person in my country that was born in 1996 (like me) goes off to uni in 2015, but I will finish my pre-uni education in 2016.

    Is it something I will hypothetically have to include in my application? Does it go into my personal statement or is there some other place to fill it in?

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    (Original post by Viridiana)
    Hi!

    I haven't ever used UCAS yet because I'm planning on applying to uni next year.

    However, I've been told a piece of gossip about the system and I'd like to have it clear.

    In my country, A levels (equivalent) normally take 3 years. However, I went to a bilingual class with an entry year, the so called "zero year" (before years 1, 2 & 3). During said year I learnt a foreign language. I went to the same school where I'm now completing my maturity exam preparation but my education was focused on said language (20 h / week).
    So, a normal person in my country that was born in 1996 (like me) goes off to uni in 2015, but I will finish my pre-uni education in 2016.

    Is it something I will hypothetically have to include in my application? Does it go into my personal statement or is there some other place to fill it in?

    Thanks
    There is an education system on the UCAS application, which will ask for things like the dates you attended your school and the dates you received your qualifications. It's very important not to lie on this section, as that is considered fraud, and can result in offers being withdrawn, even at very late stages.

    Your reference is the normal place to explain why your education took longer than usual. You could discuss it on your PS if it's relevant to the course you're applying for, though.

    It's very likely that taking a year to learn another language will be seen as a positive by universities.
 
 
 
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