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UK University Entrance Examinations

The UK University Entrance Examinations (IGCSE / A-levels)

The British IGCSE / A-levels system is more specialised than the Swiss

The English university entrance examination (IGCSE/GCE A-levels) is not only suitable for all-rounders (as is the case with the Swiss Maturität), but also for those whose talents lie in few specific areas. Students who are excellent at languages and humanities but struggle with the Natural Sciences or Mathematics - or the other way round - are likelier to succeed in the British system. By specialising in a narrower range of subjects at an earlier age they are better prepared for their future studies at university. However, their general education will be less broad in the final two years of the college programme.

Excellence and performance-based access to universities

The British university entrance examination is based on performance. Access to universities depends upon the grades achieved. Students who attain good passes on the IGCSE / A-levels will be able to study either in Switzerland or abroad. Students with top grades will have easier access to UK and US élite universities while students with low passes will be able to continue at a Swiss University of Applied Sciences (after a practical), a Höhere Fachschule or a number of universities outside Switzerland.

What are the advantages of the British university entrance examinations?

  • The world's best-known university entrance qualification
  • Access to universities and institutions of higher education in Switzerland and abroad
  • Access to the world-renowned ETH (Federal Institute of Technology)
  • The British curriculum is the ideal preparation for studies in English. This applies both to institutions of higher education in Switzerland and in most countries of the world.
  • Students receive separate certificates in each subject they pass and can repeat individual subjects as often as they wish
  • Ideal for students who are one-sided in terms of their strengths (e.g. a good linguist who is weak in Mathematics)
  • High degree of specialisation
  • Choice of universities depends upon school leaving grades
  • All subjects taught in English
  • Students are prepared for undergraduate programmes in German, English and French
  • Suitable for students who have been educated at Swiss schools; Swiss students form the majority of the student body
  • Suitable for students educated at international schools or schools based on the UK curriculum

IGCSE / GCE A-level examinations in Switzerland

The British ECEXCEL exams are held on site at Hull's School; London is the global centre for marking scripts.