At the end of Year 11 our students sit IGCSE examinations (International General Certificate of Education), the officially authorised examinations necessary to complete the Secondary stage of the British system. At the end of Year 13 (the equivalent of the 2nd year of the Spanish Bachillerato) our students sit A-Levels (Advanced Levels), the final exams of their school career. The results of both these sets of examinations are crucial to each student’s University prospects.
Access to public or private Spanish universities with A-Level qualifications is guaranteed under the same conditions as Spanish students applying from Spanish schools. The validation process for our students is carried out via UNED (Universidad de Educación a Distancia) and is known as Direct Access.
If you require any further information or have any questions about university entrance, you can click on the following link or can contact the school directly. We will be happy to answer any questions about university access and the steps your child should take.
For access to British universities, at least two A-Level passes are normally required, although in many cases, and particularly with regard to the more prestigious UK universities, at least three A-level subjects at grade B or above are necessary. Students make their university application via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service) and the school provides help and guidance for our senior students throughout this process. For more information on the UCAS applications process please click here.
University access is not limited to Spain and the United Kingdom. Many European universities are extending their courses to include graduate, postgraduate and master’s degrees, with English as the principal teaching and assessment language. A-Level qualifications enable our students to apply to many universities throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world.
“I have been in this school since I was 6 years old. I remember how small it was when it started, the oldest students were in year 2! The school has changed so much over these past years. I cannot believe that we are now actually starting our first year of the A-levels.
Last year I was able to do my IGCSE’s, it was a really stressful time because I saw how fast the time was going and how much I was going to have to study if I wanted to achieve the grades I expected. However, May also flew by and when my last exam ended I could finally breathe because everything was over and I knew that I had a long summer ahead of me where I could relax. I also remember the day our grades came out, I was really nervous and afraid of not having obtained the results I expected but when I finally saw them, I was relieved because after all my effort and dedication, I had achieved my goals.
This year I have started my A-levels and even though I know this two years are going to be really hard, I also know that with the help of my teachers and classmates I will get through them and will finally be able to finish school and access my desired university. ”
Year 12 student