University admission, either for Spanish or British universities, is based on the results obtained in the final AS / A Level exams which pupils sit at the end of each of the higher secondary education courses, Year 12 – Year 13 .
Depending on our pupils’ aspirations for going on to higher education in either Spanish or British universities, we design an ad hoc programme for each pupil to enable them to meet their specific requirements. This decision is taken at the beginning of the first year of Higher Secondary Education (Year 12).
Entrance to Universities in the United Kingdom is done through the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) system, which allows students to select up to five university courses. We begin to prepare the students very early on for this process although the formal application is not completed until the beginning of Year 13. The student will be required to write a personal statement and may be called for interview before being made an offer of a place depending on the results of the A’ Level exams that they are taking. The school prepares and tracks the process at every stage and prepares the student for interview.
Entrance to universities in the United States is also possible through the Common Application process although further requirements may be necessary.
Spanish university admissions are based on a common application process for all candidates, regardless of the education systems being studied. University places are allocated depending on candidates’ applications and the final mark on a scale from 0 to 14.
How is this final mark from 0 to 14 obtained?
For pupils studying in education systems from the EU, such as BSV pupils (British system), this final mark is obtained based on the marks from the pupils’ British AS and A Level exams.
The Spanish Ministry of Education sets a numerical equivalent of the marks obtained in GCE AS/ A Level exams (A,B,C,D,E) using a number scale from 0 to 10. The Spanish Open University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia,UNED) is tasked with issuing the University Access Credential (Credencial de Acceso Universitario) on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
This final mark is obtained by adding the Credential mark (0-10) to the results from the so-called “Specific Part” of the Spanish University Access Tests (Selectividad). This part is taken by all candidates applying for university places in Spain, regardless of what education system they have studied.
This exam consists of a maximum number of four exercises on subjects chosen by the pupil and that, at the British School of Valencia are made to coincide, in the vast majority of cases, with the subjects studied in the Higher Secondary Education British Curriculum. The marks obtained in the exams contribute up to four points to be added to the final mark with a maximum of 14 points.
For pupils coming from the Spanish education system, the first band of the mark, from 0 to 10, is obtained from the Higher Secondary Education Certificate (Expediente Académico de Bachillerato) mark (60%), and the general part of the University Entrance Examination (Selectividad-PAU) mark (40%). The second band, from 10 to 14, is obtained from the specific part of the University Entrance Examination “Selectividad-PAU”.
Over 45% of our pupils obtained marks of 11 or above
Following six years of higher secondary education graduates, we are proud to say our pupils have obtained very satisfactory results, gaining admission to the most sought after university degree courses with entrance cut off marks of over 11 points. (Medicine, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Law and Political Science, Journalism, Media Studies, International Business, Sports Science, etc.). Specifically, up until now over 45% of our pupils have obtained marks of over 11 points and 30% of over 12.
University admission in the United Kingdom, depending on Universities and/or Faculties, requires passing at least three GCE (General Certificate of Education), AS / A Level subjects relating directly to the chosen degree. The marks required for entrance varies from one university to another. The most prestigious universities require candidates obtain a B or above in at least three subjects. (B,A,A*). The application process begins in the first term of the last year of Higher Secondary Education (Year 13). Over the course of the second term, candidates receive responses to their applications and are called for personal interviews which, along with their final marks, will decide whether they are offered a place or not.