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Hello all,

I’m a British expat living in Beijing attending a French high school, as I’ve always been in the French education system, and I’m planning on applying to Oxbridge this October and other universities a bit later for 2020 entry.

Do I include my high school transcripts, as in my coursework/regular test grades, in my UCAS form? If so, where? And if not, do I include them anywhere else, such as on Cambridge’s SAQ , or on Oxford’s equivalent, if it has one?

I’m asking because I don’t have GCSEs obviously, but I have a Brevet des collèges which I took in the same year which is an approximate equivalent, my first exam results from the Épreuves anticipées of the Baccalaureat (called AS in England if I’m not mistaken, taken in your penultimate year of sixth form?) and my predicted grades for my final Bac results. I’m just unsure as to what I should add to give them an idea of my academic achievement over the past year or two, as the UCAS form is designed primarily with English pupils in mind.

If anyone had any answers or suggestions I’d be very grateful.

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(Original post by jaxophonerennie)
Hello all,

I’m a British expat living in Beijing attending a French high school, as I’ve always been in the French education system, and I’m planning on applying to Oxbridge this October and other universities a bit later for 2020 entry.

Do I include my high school transcripts, as in my coursework/regular test grades, in my UCAS form? If so, where? And if not, do I include them anywhere else, such as on Cambridge’s SAQ , or on Oxford’s equivalent, if it has one?

I’m asking because I don’t have GCSEs obviously, but I have a Brevet des collèges which I took in the same year which is an approximate equivalent, my first exam results from the Épreuves anticipées of the Baccalaureat (called AS in England if I’m not mistaken, taken in your penultimate year of sixth form?) and my predicted grades for my final Bac results. I’m just unsure as to what I should add to give them an idea of my academic achievement over the past year or two, as the UCAS form is designed primarily with English pupils in mind.

If anyone had any answers or suggestions I’d be very grateful.

Thanks
The UCAS form will have space to include your qualifications. Most international qualifications are included, but if they aren't, there's also an "other" option you can select. However, I'd expect French qualifications to be included.

You'll provide a referee who will be able to speak to your school performance more generally.

As your education has mostly been in French, it's likely you'll also need to provide some proof of your ability to speak English- often this is done in the form of an IELTS exam.
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I’m British, English is my native language, both my parents are British journalists/writers, and as such I don’t think they require language certificates.

Thanks, I’ll look at the UCAS form in more detail.
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The UCAS form will have space to include your qualifications. Most international qualifications are included, but if they aren't, there's also an "other" option you can select. However, I'd expect French qualifications to be included.

You'll provide a referee who will be able to speak to your school performance more generally.

As your education has mostly been in French, it's likely you'll also need to provide some proof of your ability to speak English- often this is done in the form of an IELTS exam.
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I’m British, English is my native language, both my parents are British journalists/writers, and as such I don’t think they require language certificates.

Thanks, I’ll look at the UCAS form in more detail.
Most unis will want some proof of your English ability- even for UK based students they set English GCSE requirements. You should definitely check with individual universities before assuming they won't want proof of your English ability.
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Just checked Oxford and Cambridge’s websites; they both state that only non-native English speakers require an English ability test.
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Most unis will want some proof of your English ability- even for UK based students they set English GCSE requirements. You should definitely check with individual universities before assuming they won't want proof of your English ability.
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Just checked Oxford and Cambridge’s websites; they both state that only non-native English speakers require an English ability test.
Oxford and Cambridge are actually able to be less specific, as they have their own admissions tests and also interview. However, it's very likely that at least some of your 4 other choices will want some proof of your English language ability.
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Also checked LSE, UCL and KCL, and all ask that all non-native English speakers/ students whose first language is not English take an English proficiency test.

And yes, I’ll have to take the HAT/HAA depending on whether I apply to Oxford or Cambridge for History. They’ll also have my submitted written work and obviously my personal statement, so they’ll have quite a bit of proof imo.
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Oxford and Cambridge are actually able to be less specific, as they have their own admissions tests and also interview. However, it's very likely that at least some of your 4 other choices will want some proof of your English language ability.
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