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    During GCSEs I lived abroad for two years in Australia and was accepted into sixth form without any equivalent because there simply was no equivalent of GCSEs over there.For university they require GCSEs, how do I go about this? Do I have to contact the universities individually, mention it in my application or...?
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    During GCSEs I lived abroad for two years in Australia and was accepted into sixth form without any equivalent because there simply was no equivalent of GCSEs over there.For university they require GCSEs, how do I go about this? Do I have to contact the universities individually, mention it in my application or...?
    best thing would be phoning up UCAS and confirming this with them
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    (Original post by PhilipC)
    During GCSEs I lived abroad for two years in Australia and was accepted into sixth form without any equivalent because there simply was no equivalent of GCSEs over there.For university they require GCSEs, how do I go about this? Do I have to contact the universities individually, mention it in my application or...?
    I’m in similar situation 😫
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    You would need to include your Australian study on your UCAS form, and include any qualifications you do have (if any). Unis will then see that it's not your fault you don't have GCSEs but that you were unable to take them.

    Most unis will be fine with this, but you should contact them before applying just to check.
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    My son is in a similar position to you. He left Canada at the end of grade 10 (there is no GCSE equivalent there as high school finishes at grade 12). He has just listed on his ucas his grades until he left and mentioned his change of countries on his personal statement,

    He is in his second year of A levels now, and at least he has been able to put his AS levels down. As long as your predicted grades are good and you have good references its the main thing. I think his reference also mentioned that he didn't do GCSE's.

    He already has a couple of offers and an interview. I'm sure you'll be fine!

    As he doesn't have English GCSE though as couple of he universities contacted him regarding this, so he has taken an IELTS academic exam in lieu of the GCSE. and in his gap year he'll study English GCSE.

    Universities must see all kinds of combinations of qualifications/ schooling so I wouldn't worry about it.
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    God imagine not having GCSEs !!!
    It happens to many people and it's not something new. People have different circumstances which results them having no GCSEs. But yeah, it would be hard to get a good job/progress further into higher education without any GCSEs.
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    You would need to include your Australian study on your UCAS form, and include any qualifications you do have (if any). Unis will then see that it's not your fault you don't have GCSEs but that you were unable to take them.

    Most unis will be fine with this, but you should contact them before applying just to check.
    +1, I wish you the best of luck with your application!
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