In France there is the APB, in the UK there is the UCAS. To enroll after a BA at a British university or college, you must pass through the UCAS system. In 2014, 3,850 French students used this website to apply for an establishment in Manche. Instructions for use in 5 questions/answers.
Christ Church, one of the most important “faculties” of the University of Oxford. // © DR
#1 What is UCAS?
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the registration system for British universities. Each year, the website manages enrollment for 650,000 UK and overseas students, including around 4,000 French. In all, 340 higher education establishments belong to it.
beyond the platform UCAS (University and College Admissions Service) graduation, for entry to a bachelor’s degree, the portal also includes CUKAS performing arts, for entry into a music, dance or theater conservatory, UCAS teacher education for entry into a teaching masters and UCAS postgraduate degrees for entry into masters and doctoral degrees.
#2 What are the requirements to apply?
Any student wishing to gain a higher education qualification in the UK must pass UCAS. British and foreign students are concerned, whether or not they are members of the European Union.
#3 How does it work?
To enroll in one or more British universities, simply register on the website, compile your file (read below) and make your wishes, five maximum.
The registration fee is £12 (€16) for one university and £23 (€28.7) for five universities. Some universities may also ask you to do an interview. “It is not systematic. This is especially the case for the most selective universities,” notes Chris Massey, Director of UCAS International.
Small peculiarity, if you apply to Oxford, you cannot apply to Cambridge and vice versa. Indeed, it is considered that the two universities are of the same level and that it is not useful to apply to both.
As with the Admission-postbac, the choices remain confidential throughout the process, and the establishments do not have access to the candidate’s other wishes.
#4 How do UK universities select their students?
The school records are taken into account. You will have to submit your second, first and final year grades and French Bachelor’s grades. You should also ask your teachers about your “predictive grades”, i.e. the grades you are likely to get in your bachelor’s degree.
The letter of motivation – “personal statement” – is extremely important to differentiate yourself from other candidates and bring out your personality and character. You will find advice on a typical plan on the UCAS website which can help you complete it.
“Heads up, the letter of motivation is the same for the five wishes. Therefore, you should not mention a university in your letter. And it’s preferable to do your five wishes in the same or similar subjects,” advises Pauline, enrolled in business studies at the University of London.
Mattéo had to pass a decisive interview in English before entering Cambridge. // © Sophie de Tarlé
“The British attach great importance to extracurricular activities such as sport, theatre, reading or charitable activities,” warns Blandine Bastié, UK and Ireland regional manager for Cambridge English Language Assessment. And to add:the quality of the references – letters from professors or professionals – will also have a big impact on the success of the candidacy”.
As teaching takes place in English, it will also be necessary attach a test certifying your language level. Universities usually require a score of 7 or 7.5/9 on the IELTS test. This type of test can be taken at the British Council. Cambridge Advanced (grade A) or Proficiency grade A or B tests are also accepted.
Sometimes an interview in English is required. And this oral is much more selective than the examination of the records. “In Cambridge, if 90% of filed applications are accepted, 80% are rejected after the interview”, confirms Mattéo, enrolled in political science.
The young man remembers his perfectly: “The examiner asked me to choose between several objects: a stone, a brick, a bunch of keys and a banana peel, and tell his political story! I chose the banana peel, it is an object that inspired me a lot”, he says, laughing.
The examiner had a field day. As Matteo had asked for an archeology class, he asked what archaeologists would think in 2,000 years if they found a can of beer.
“I said it meant that in this society the social norms were not well explained, as people threw their rubbish everywhere.” To pass the oral, it’s best to have a good sense of improvisation.
O grade you will have in the baccalaureate is also very important. A university may require you to have a 14, 15, 16 or even an 18/20 GPA or certain subjects to accept you. When the required score is low, it means your file is of great interest to them.
Sara, 19, who graduated with a degree in letters from the University of Cambridge in 2013, needed to have an average of 15/20 in her Bachelor’s degree to be admitted. With 17.51/20, the young woman far surpassed the set goal. “But 15/20 wasn’t much. It means that my profile interested them. I speak five languages: Danish, English, French, Russian and Spanish, which is very rare here because the English are terrible at languages”, decodes the American -Student Danish, who obtained her baccalaureate at the international school of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (78).
Cambridge University required Sara to have a BA average of 15/20 to be admitted. // 🇧🇷 Sophie de Tarle
As of March, candidates registered at UCAS can receive up to five proposals. He must accept two: a “hard” choice and a backup choice if he does not have the required Bachelor’s degree. Then, it’s the opposite of the APB: “Once you know where you were hospitalized, you can classify your wishes”, explains Sara.
#5 What is the timetable for the procedures?
Candidates have up to October 15th to send your file to the most selective universities and courses, ie Oxford and Cambridge in Medicine/Science, Dentistry and Veterinary.
for most of other institutions, the deadline is January 15🇧🇷 As of May 8, universities will be able to submit proposals.
The July 2nd is the deadline to apply through the “Extra” procedure. Finally, from 3From June 0th to September 30th, candidates can try their luck in the “Clearing”, a kind of complementary procedure, which makes it possible to apply for vacancies at universities. See all dates on the UCAS website.