Ok, so I'm going to explain my situation because I am sure other students share these problems.
I am half English, half Spanish and have just started Year 12 at an English school in Spain ie I am studying AS Levels and want to study at a good English university, Cambridge preferrably, to study Engineering.
First of all I have a dilema on my hands. What should I apply with? My A levels or my Spanish 6th form degree? Or is there any way of being able to apply with both? Or does the fact of saying that you have both increase your chances?
Secondly, my biggest problem is what to do extracurricularly to get in? It is impossible to do relevant work experience in Spain (work experience in school is just not a "thing" here, at least in my school). Spanish Universities just rely on grades to pick students. Also, I can't study Further Maths, as I am studying both in the Spanish and English systems, so I simply don't have enough time to fit another A Level in on top of the ones I am already doing and the Spanish subjects. Summer school I have also thought about, but there are no decently priced summer schools that can give me a taste of uni life for international students. Most are for "students from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland studying in the British State School system".
All of this is extremely fustrating as it just feels as the chances to get in are just being taken away from me. Do universities take this disdvantage into consideration?, because it seems like that is the only thing this.
Any international students/ prospective students, especially from Spain, I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
Thanks in advance
...or just paranoid?