Information for International School Counsellors

With various higher education studying opportunities around the world, we understand that having accurate and useful information on education systems and study options is essential to a school counsellor.

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Introduction to UCAS application process and UCAS key dates

For all undergraduate courses you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Information about the application process can be found on the UCAS page of our website. Key dates such as deadlines for applications can be found on the UCAS when to apply webpages


International Clearing

Students may be unable to secure a place at a UK university for one of the following reasons; they applied after the deadline, they did not want to accept any of their offers or they did not meet the conditions of their offers. In these situations students should apply through International Clearing to try to secure a place.

International Clearing will open in early July after the International Baccalaureate results have been released. Birmingham will open places for a limited number of programmes and students will be able to apply for places available.

A list of available programmes, grade requirements and instructions will bepublished on our website, and will be updated as availability changes. International students should send an email directly to with details of their results and what programme they would like to join. The application will be reviewed and an offer made to the student if they are suitable.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an important part of the admissions process and is a student’s opportunity to tell admissions tutors why they should offer them a place. Universities will vary in the skills and attributes that they are looking for but all will want to be persuaded that the student has a genuine academic interest in their chosen subject and have the motivation and enthusiasm required in order to succeed. 

We have created a video with tips on how to write a great personal statement. 

Want to know more about how to apply for an undergraduate degree? Watch our handy video which explains it all!

International Students: How to Apply

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