• Application Processes

    Independent Schools

    Each school we work with may run their admissions and application processes a little differently. However, it is advisable to start the process as soon as you know which Year Group you want your child to enter and which year of entry. You may find this entry year calendar helpful.

    It is advisable to start the admissions application processes for Senior School entry (Year 7 or Year 9) at least 2 years before the joining year to have a better chance of being offered a place and to take entrance exams.

    The usual format for admissions to independent schools is below.

    – Research/enquire about school
    – Complete registration form (usually £100-£200)
    – Complete entrance exams and interviews
    – Receive offer of a place
    – School completes CAS for Visa
    – Pay full term’s fees as deposit (Visa/CAS requirement)
    – Visa granted
    – School sends joining information
    – Start at school in September of joining year



    Application Process

    ‘Mock’ or practice A Level and IB exams are held in Year 12 and around Christmas in Year 13. These help to understand what results you are likely to achieve and which universities you may apply for.

    A Level and IB exams are held in May and June of Year 13 with results coming out in August of the same year.

    You will start to apply for University courses in the first term of Year 13 (unless applying for Oxford, Cambridge or Medicine courses where you need to apply in the first 6 weeks of Year 13).

    All applications for undergraduate university courses must go through UCAS (University & Colleges Admissions Service).

    The deadline for applying to UCAS is usually the end of January in Year 13.

    Universities will offer places in May of Year 13 and you need to accept an offer, usually in early June.

    (Your school will support you through the whole application process in detail so you do not need to worry about this.)

    Find out more about University Rankings.

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