The UCAS application is kind of a pain as most of the terms and degrees are completely foreign to me and i cant seem to find any comparisons on google.
Does anyone have a rough guide for comparing a High School diploma to.... A levels or something like that????
Who i am - I graduated in the US from high school in 3 years instead of 4 doubling up on classes. (how does this effect the application?) my graduation was in 2017 and i have been out of school for a year now traveling. I plan on trying to go to school in London fall of 2019 but my GPA is a 3.0/ 84% and im not sure how that stacks up to schools in the UK/ what schools I would actually be able to get into?
Under the "education" tab on my UCAS application my High school does not come up and they also have no idea what a buzzword is when i contact them so trying to get a reference from a past teacher has to be "independent" but that means i have to ask one of my teachers what her address and phone number are which (not sure about in the UK) seems kind of intrusive and private. When it comes to filling out my "qualifications" under the same tab should i list every class ive taken during High School? or just the average of each subject over the course of my education (3 years?).
Ps what would a High School Diploma be considered, Honors Degree qualifications, Below Honors Degree qualifications or No qualifications?
Hey! I am from the US and applied with UCAS in September. I also shared some of your questions and maybe I can help. For the buzzword - I would strongly suggest as applying as an independent. If your school is not a UCAS school already it can take awhile to become one. Important thing is to find someone from your school to write a recommendation. This is 4,000 characters and it is good to sit down with them and show them printed research so they know what UK Unis are looking for. I would suggest a counselor in case you need predicted scores. I took IB which gives you predicted scores, but if you have all your AP/ACT/SAT scores complete you will not need that. Good luck on your application!
Another thing is UK universities really do not ever look at your GPA. You can research the scores they look at on their different websites, but typically its a combination of ACT scores, SAT scores, SAT Subject tests, and AP courses. You probably should not list every course you took during high school. Also, do not be afraid to call admissions offices if you have questions. I found that very helpful if there was information I could not find online but its mostly all there.
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but that means i have to ask one of my teachers what her address and phone number are which (not sure about in the UK) seems kind of intrusive and private.
Just use her school email and phone number, not her personal ones.
But more importantly...
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I dont think i took AP classes or IB, im not even sure what IB was.
IB is the International Baccalaureate.
The US high school diploma is equivalent to GCSEs in the UK. That's not sufficient for university entry.
Did you not do anything academic afterwards?
Perhaps you did SAT or ACT, or neither?
What age are you?
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Do you guys know what to write for the fee code and residential category when you're a US applicant?
I have to agree with the others. A GED or a normal high school diploma is only equivalent to GCSEs and not A-levels, so most universities require at least 3 APs or 2 APs and a certain SAT score (A*AA equals about 720, ABB about 660). So if you haven't taken either APs or SAT you won't get straight into a course. Also, I'm just gonna make a bit of promotion for my uni, but Warwick offers an international foundation programme with 12 different courses, depending on what you are planning to study, and the entry requirement is a High School Diploma with an overall GPA of 3.0/4 in the final year. But yeah, just google around, most unis offer IFPs, I'm sure you'll find something.
International Foundation Programmes are a great way to go if you don't meet entry requirements, however, I read on some places that if you want to transfer into entry 1 from an IFP that it is really difficult to get accepted. Take that with a grain of salt though because im not too educated on the whole IFP situation. Best of luck