Adding international qualifications on UCAS application (help needed)

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I'm applying for teacher training through the UCAS website and it won't allow me to fill in the education section properly because I went to school in Switzerland.

I have to add your school but the system doesn't recognise the name of the school I went to.

When adding GCSE equivalent qualifications, the form doesn't give me enough space to add the name of my qualification.

It does recognise the Swiss Maturity but it only gives me full marks so I'm guessing I will have to round up which is ok I suppose. Am I still supposed to add the individual subjects as well?

Also in the Bachelor degree section it asks about subjects. I did a single honours degree. Am I supposed to list individual modules in this section?

I would glad if other international/EU students could advise how they dealt with these issues when filling in the application.
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I'm applying for teacher training through the UCAS website and it won't allow me to fill in the education section properly because I went to school in Switzerland.

I have to add your school but the system doesn't recognise the name of the school I went to.
You should use the 'my school is not listed here' option, which ought to give you a space to enter free text.

When adding GCSE equivalent qualifications, the form doesn't give me enough space to add the name of my qualification.
Is there a recognised abbreviation for part of it? Use that to save space if there is.

It does recognise the Swiss Maturity but it only gives me full marks so I'm guessing I will have to round up which is ok I suppose. Am I still supposed to add the individual subjects as well?
You mean it won't accept "4.2" but will accept "5"? I wouldn't round up - you'd be better advised to contact UCAS for advice if so. And yes, you should list individual subjects if there's room.

Also in the Bachelor degree section it asks about subjects. I did a single honours degree. Am I supposed to list individual modules in this section?
It would be useful for the admissions tutor to know what specific topics you covered in your degree.

I would glad if other international/EU students could advise how they dealt with these issues when filling in the application.
Well, I'm neither, but I'm usually thought to know what I'm talking about :tongue:
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Thanks a lot for your reply, it's very helpful!

I managed to add my school now.

There isn't really an abbreviation for it, the diploma has a long German name which roughly translates as 'Secondary School Diploma'

It only suggests 4,5,6 etc. Generally you would use decimals though, eg 4.5

I don't think there's room if you don't have British qualifications.

It gives me this list

Please choose your A'Level qualification from the list...

Advanced Highers (?)
GCE Advanced Level (?)
GCE Advanced Subsidiary (first award 2001) (?)
Scottish Highers (?)

Other UK or international A level equivalent (?)

And when I click on

Other UK or international A level equivalen
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it won't allow me to add individual subjects.

Thanks a lot, I will add modules/subjects to the list then.

Again thanks a lot for your help! I'm impressed that you know this even though you didn't have to deal with those issues
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Thanks a lot for your reply, it's very helpful!

I managed to add my school now.

There isn't really an abbreviation for it, the diploma has a long German name which roughly translates as 'Secondary School Diploma'
Have you tried using ''Switzerland' as your search term? If that doesn't come up with what you need, ask UCAS for advice.

It only suggests 4,5,6 etc. Generally you would use decimals though, eg 4.5
Use the 'other' box instead - to the right of the standard box for entering the grade achieved overall. You will be able to use decimals in the module grades box, and add as many modules as you need, once you have selected the correct qualification.

Again thanks a lot for your help! I'm impressed that you know this even though you didn't have to deal with those issues
Well, I don't personally, it's true
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Have you tried using ''Switzerland' as your search term? If that doesn't come up with what you need, ask UCAS for advice.

Use the 'other' box instead - to the right of the standard box for entering the grade achieved overall. You will be able to use decimals in the module grades box, and add as many modules as you need, once you have selected the correct qualification.

Well, I don't personally, it's true
Thanks! Yes, I have done, that's how I found the A Level equivalent qualification.

Thank you, this worked!

I can't seem to do it for the A Level equivalent qualification though.
Please choose your A'Level qualification from the list...

Advanced Highers (?)
GCE Advanced Level (?)
GCE Advanced Subsidiary (first award 2001) (?)
Scottish Highers (?)

Other UK or international A level equivalent (?)
allows me to add it

If I pick 'other' I can add my Swiss qualification. Then it takes me to this field



  1. Year* YYYY 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950 1949 1948 1947 1946 1945 1944 1943 1942 1941 1940 1939 1938 1937 1936 1935 1934 1933 1932 1931 1930 1929 1928 1927 1926 1925 1924 1923 1922 1921 1920 1919 1918 1917 1916 1915 1914 1913 1912 1911 1910 (?)
  2. Grade Please select Other Pending 6 5 4 3 2 1 (?) (other)
  3. > Back to summary

But the option 'save and add similar' takes me back to the list with international qualifications so I can't seem to add the subjects I took
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Thanks! Yes, I have done, that's how I found the A Level equivalent qualification.

Thank you, this worked!

I can't seem to do it for the A Level equivalent qualification though.
Please choose your A'Level qualification from the list...

Advanced Highers (?)
GCE Advanced Level (?)
GCE Advanced Subsidiary (first award 2001) (?)
Scottish Highers (?)

Other UK or international A level equivalent (?)
allows me to add it

If I pick 'other' I can add my Swiss qualification. Then it takes me to this field



  1. Year* YYYY 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956 1955 1954 1953 1952 1951 1950 1949 1948 1947 1946 1945 1944 1943 1942 1941 1940 1939 1938 1937 1936 1935 1934 1933 1932 1931 1930 1929 1928 1927 1926 1925 1924 1923 1922 1921 1920 1919 1918 1917 1916 1915 1914 1913 1912 1911 1910 (?)
  2. Grade Please select Other Pending 6 5 4 3 2 1 (?) (other)
  3. > Back to summary

But the option 'save and add similar' takes me back to the list with international qualifications so I can't seem to add the subjects I took
That's because you are trying to add another qualification by 'save and add similar'. If once you've added the qualification you don't the option to add units/modules, maybe that's the way this qualification is set up in the system. In that case, you'd better ask UCAS for help, as I have exhausted my understanding of the possibilities
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Thank you! Unfortunately it won't allow me to add individual subjects. I will check with UCAS, hopefully there will a way of adding them.
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Thank you! Unfortunately it won't allow me to add individual subjects. I will check with UCAS, hopefully there will a way of adding them.
It may not be a problem if you can't. You can ask your chosen unis if they want the information, and email it to them separately if they do.
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It may not be a problem if you can't. You can ask your chosen unis if they want the information, and email it to them separately if they do.
Thanks, that's a good point! I suppose they will most likely ask to see the qualification if I get invited for an interview anyway so they will see the list of subjects and my detailed results. At least that's happened when I had an interview for my BA but I didn't apply through UCAS at the time.
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Thanks, that's a good point! I suppose they will most likely ask to see the qualification if I get invited for an interview anyway so they will see the list of subjects and my detailed results. At least that's happened when I had an interview for my BA but I didn't apply through UCAS at the time.
Indeed - I really wouldn't worry. Good luck with your application
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Do you think A*A*A is enough for LSE or UCL in Law, I'm really stressed out, checking my Spoink.co profile like each minute to see how my application ranks. Do you have a less stressing way to see if I'll get in ?
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Indeed - I really wouldn't worry. Good luck with your application
Thanks and many thanks for all your help, it's much appreciated!
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Indeed - I really wouldn't worry. Good luck with your application

Sorry to bother you again, I'm almost there but I have one more question.

I added the GCSE equivalent qualification and one of the required fields is 'exam' but in the summary it says 'Awarding organisation'. Is the a fault on the website? Am I supposed to put 'school' since the actual name won't fit?

This is the summary
English qualification

IOTHER
Grade:5.5
Awarded: 07/2004
Awarding organisation: GCSE eq
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Sorry to bother you again, I'm almost there but I have one more question.

I added the GCSE equivalent qualification and one of the required fields is 'exam' but in the summary it says 'Awarding organisation'. Is the a fault on the website? Am I supposed to put 'school' since the actual name won't fit?

This is the summary
English qualification

IOTHER
Grade:5.5
Awarded: 07/2004
Awarding organisation: GCSE eq
Exam Board or Awarding Organisation is what's required there. If it was awarded by the school (which doesn't happen here) you'll need to put as much of the school's name as you can - initials perhaps?
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Exam Board or Awarding Organisation is what's required there. If it was awarded by the school (which doesn't happen here) you'll need to put as much of the school's name as you can - initials perhaps?
Thanks a lot, that makes sense! Yes, the qualification is awarded by the school in Switzerland.
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