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Some of you will already have received responses to your applications, over the next weeks further responses will come in. You must look with great care at any correspondence; universities may ask for further information and may give you deadlines, it is essential that you carry out their instructions or you are in danger of being rejected or having your offers rescinded.

Deciding which university offers to accept can be one of the trickiest and most important stages of the whole UCAS application process. We have uploaded onto Pronote some tips and guidelines for you. Please check them out.

If you have any questions or concerns about any replies from the universities please do not hesitate to come to the CIO to discuss. 



  •  INFORMATION FOR PARENTS IN 1ERE & PAL AND TERMINALE & TAL: Advice on how to apply to British universities and other guidelines are available on the University & Colleges Admission Service at www.ucas.com/parents . Sign up for a e-newsletter to receive information and download a PDF copy of the UCAS Parent Guide. There is also information about finance, offers and how your son or daughter can make an informed decisions.
  • Presentation on applying to UCAS : click here
  • UCAS: the official application and information site
  • UCAS FAQs: click here and here



There are Open Days all year round. Visiting a universities is recommended to give you the feel of British university life. It is worth checking with the individual institutions as some have self-guided tours and  departmental visits as well as the traditional Open Day. www.opendays.com.


Many creative courses such as Art & Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design etc., require a portfolio. Check with the institution what is required. It is possible to produce a portfolio without attending a preparation course and your Art teacher will be able to advise you on the best course of action.  Should you decide that you do want to do a portfolio preparation course, there are many and whilst we do not recommend any in particular, these institutions may be useful to your research. 

  • The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Met
  • University of the Arts London (UAL) offers a number of courses, including 'orientation' courses for each study level, full-time portfolio preparation courses for various subjects (lasting one term to a full year), and short courses (lasting a few days to a few weeks).
  • Kingston University Faculty of Art Design & Architecture
  • London Art Portfolio is a private business offering preparation courses


IELTS – English Language Proficiency Test
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. It is a test taken by most Lycée students who do not have GCSE English at Grade B or above and who are considering studying at a British university.
It tests the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules. For the purposes of applying to a British University, the Academic test is required.
Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test centre, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and is delivered through a number of test centres. This is the official site IELTS Organisation

Click on this link to find the nearest IELTS centre and check the test dates to find two options that suit you. There are 48 fixed test dates per year. Note the deadline for registering for each test date and the cost. Preparation for the IELTS can be done at number of places, and whilst we do not recommend any in particular, you may find the following selection useful in your research:

  • University of Westminster, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages - short course
  • Wimbledon School of English, Wimbledon
  • MBA Center London125-133 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3RP
  • Callan School, London

Most universities ask for a score of between 6 and 7.5 in writing and speaking.
NB/ Prior to registering for the test or a preparation course. You should have a discussion with your English teacher to discuss your readiness for the test and the level of preparation required.

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