Apolytirion Ucas Personal Statement

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from Cyprus.

Introduction

The University of Edinburgh welcomes applications from well qualified students from Cyprus. If you have questions about entry requirements that are not answered by the below please contact us directly.

Remember you must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes a personal statement, reference, and full details of all achieved qualifications as well as any you are taking this year. We need to see predicted grades for all qualifications not yet completed, including for each subject you are taking in your final qualifications, so that we can ensure you meet all minimum entry requirements. Without predicted grades we cannot assess your application fully and it is very unlikely to be considered in the selection process. Although predicted grades should be added by your referee in the appropriate section of the UCAS application form, it is your responsibility to check that this has been done.   

Apolytirion

We welcome applications from students with the Apolytirion with additional requirements.

The information below provides a summary of the minimum entry requirements required by each of the three Colleges within the University. The final decision to offer you a place will be taken with reference to the whole UCAS application, including academic grades, personal statement and academic reference. Having the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee the offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process. For some degree programmes, relevant work experience will be required.

Subject specific requirements

For many degree programmes, we will expect you to have studied specific subjects within the Apolytirion, plus additional qualification, as outlined below. Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) in the Apolytirion. Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry via the online degree finder. Details of the grades required at Apolytirion level can be found below.

Admissions statistics

You can find information on the ratio of applications, offers and accepted applicants for our degree programmes from Student Recruitment and Admissions.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed an offer of studies. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

For many degree programmes, we will expect you to have studied specific subjects within your qualifications. Where we ask applicants taking Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Highers and National 5s for a specific subject(s) we will normally ask you for the same subject(s) in your qualifications. Specific subject requirements at SQA Higher/National 5s for each degree programme can be found at the beginning of each subject entry via the online degree finder.

For MA English Literature and joint degree programmes with English Literature, applicants must have achieved or be predicted to achieved English Literature at an advanced level, this is typically in the final year of the high school diploma. Unfortunately we cannot accept English Language as meeting this subject requirement, however combined English Literature and Language is accepted.

Details of the grades required in your qualifications can be found below. In order for applicants to be considered for an offer they need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the equivalencies of all entry requirements listed in the degree finder for the relevant degree programme.

Minimum academic requirements

Greek-Cypriot System: Award of Apolytirion with overall score of 19 and two GCE A levels at AB or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Turkish-Cypriot System: The award of the Devlet Lise Diplomasi must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at ABB or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University

Turkish-Cypriot System: The award of the Lise Birime Diplomasi (Private High School Finishing Diploma) must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at ABB or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University

These are minimum entry requirements. For nearly all degree programmes demand for places is much higher than places available so not all applicants who meet the required entry level will receive an offer. The majority of offers will be made to students who achieve grades well above the minimum entry requirement.

Typical Offer

Greek-Cypriot System: Award of Apolytirion with overall score of 20 with two GCE A levels at AA.

Turkish-Cypriot System: Award of Devlet Lise Diplomasi and three GCE A levels at AAA.

Turkish-Cypriot System: Award of Lise Birime Diplomasi (Private High School Finishing Diploma) and three GCE A levels at AAA.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Medicine

The Cypriot Apolytirion is not acceptable on its own as an entry qualification. Your application will only be considered if you have undertaken further examinations, normally either GCE A-levels or the International Baccalaureate .

In addition to the minimum academic criteria, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements in terms of skills, experience and motivation.

You are also required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the summer before you submit your UCAS application. Details of the test and how your result is used in the selection process are available on the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website.

Veterinary Medicine

The Cypriot Apolytirion is not acceptable on its own as an entry qualification. Your application will only be considered if you have undertaken further examinations, normally either GCE A-levels or the International Baccalaureate.

If Physics has not been studied as part of the above qualifications, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

Qualifications must be gained in one sitting and at the first attempt.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to meet the University's required standard of English.

Work experience with animals is a key part of the entry requirements for Veterinary Medicine. You will be required to submit a Work Experience Summary form prior to 22nd October to support your UCAS application.

Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Oral Health Sciences

Requirements are the same as for the College of Science & Engineering (see below). Biology is a required subject for Oral Health Sciences. Biology and Chemistry are required subjects for Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences. If the required subjects are not present within the qualification we would require them as A Levels.

College of Science & Engineering

Minimum academic requirements

Greek-Cypriot System: Apolytirion at 18.5 overall supplemented by additional qualifications such as two GCE A levels at AB including required subjects or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Turkish-Cypriot System: The Devlet Lise Diplomasi must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at ABB or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Turkish-Cypriot System: Lise Birirme Diplomasi (Private High School Finishing Diploma) must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at ABB or a suitable Foundation Programme. In addition all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English language, holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

Typical Offer

Greek-Cypriot System: Apolytirion at 19 overall supplemented by additional qualifications such as two GCE A levels at AA including required subjects or a suitable Foundation Programme.

Turkish-Cypriot System: The Devlet Lise Diplomasi must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at AAA or a suitable Foundation Programme.

Turkish-Cypriot System: Lise Birirme Diplomasi (Private High School Finishing Diploma) must be supplemented with additional qualifications such as three GCE A levels at AAA or a suitable Foundation Programme.

Other qualifications

English Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply. These requirements are listed by programme.

English Language advice

Specific English language requirement by programme

Contact us

Undergraduate contacts

Help with writing your UCAS Progress personal statement – what to include about yourself, and some dos and don’ts on how to write it.

Writing about the course

Why are you applying for your chosen course(s)?

Explain why you want to do your chosen course(s). For example, someone who wanted to work with animals might write 'I would like to study a BTEC in animal care as I am passionate about looking after animals. I already look after two dogs and it will help me in my future career plans.'

Why does this course interest you?

You can write about anything you've read about the course(s) that you find interesting and would like to find out more about.

Why do you think you are suitable for the course(s)?

In this section, you can write about any experiences you have had that are related to the course(s), or any skills you've learnt that might help you. For example, if you have done any related volunteering or work experience, or if you have a part-time job such as babysitting, which shows more general strengths such as responsibility or commitment.

Do your current studies (e.g., GCSEs) relate to the course(s) you have chosen? If so, how?

You can let the provider know how much you enjoy a subject by writing about a course you have already studied that you found really interesting or you were good at.


Skills and achievements

Write about anything you have done that might help with your application.

  1. Write about anything you are proud of passing, for example, grade 2 in piano, or being selected for a sports team.
  2. Include any awards you have done, such as Duke of Edinburgh, or through ASDAN, for example.
  3. You can add any positions of responsibility you have held, for example, being a prefect or helping with young students at school.

Hobbies and interests

Make a list of your hobbies, interests, and anything you do socially.

  1. Think about how they show your skills and ability.
  2. Try to link them to skills and experience you might need on your chosen course(s).

Work history

Include details of placements, work experience, voluntary work, or jobs, especially if it is relevant to your chosen course(s).

  1. Try to show how this experience gave you new skills or made you think about your future plans, for example, things you really enjoyed or were good at.
  2. Also include any part-time work you are still doing, like a Saturday job or babysitting.

Career plans

Use this section to tell the provider what you might like to do in the future as a career after completing the course. Explain how you would like to use the course(s) you have applied for to help you reach your goal.


Dos and don’ts when writing a personal statement

  • Do use your best English and check your spelling and grammar are correct.
  • Do be enthusiastic – if you show your interest in the course, it will help your application.
  • Do ask people that you trust, like your teacher/adviser or parent/carer to read through what you have written and give you feedback.
  • Don’t exaggerate – you might be asked about what you have written if you attend an interview with the course provider.
  • Don’t leave it until the last minute – it's a good idea to give yourself time to think about what you write to make sure you don’t forget anything.

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