【英國G5大學】 : G5大學及專科申請全攻略

英國大學在教學方面注重學術嚴謹性和學生個性化的培養,通常擁有優秀的教師陣容和豐富的教學資源,保證了教學品質的卓越。說起「英國G5大學」,您又知道是甚麼嗎?

英國G5大學

在學生和家長的口中,經常都會流傳著「英國G5大學」這個名詞,意指英國大學之中、最強大的五間頂尖學府,被稱為英國G5大學 。University of Oxford 牛津大學University of Cambridge 劍橋大學Imperial College London 倫敦帝國學院University College London (UCL) 倫敦大學學院LSE 倫敦政治經濟學院。這五顆耀眼的學術之星,確實閃亮了不少有意晉升的同學。當然,英國G5大學的收生標準相當高,牛津、劍橋甚至有屬於自己的一套「遊戲規則」,卻依然受到不少尖子學生的追捧,熱烈程度與現今著名的音樂組合平分秋色。

University of Oxford 牛津大學
University of Cambridge 劍橋大學
Imperial College London 倫敦帝國學院
University College London (UCL) 倫敦大學學院
LSE 倫敦政治經濟學院

兵家必爭之地 - 專業資格學科

除了英國G5大學外,香港同學也熱衷於一些具有專業資格的學科。醫科、牙醫、獸醫固然是兵家必爭之地,就連法律、會計、建築、物理治療等專業學科,申請者亦與日俱增。

部分學科本身開放的學位有限,變相加劇申請難度。為了一席學位,申請人各出奇謀,投放大量時間裝飾自己的個人自薦信(Personal Statement)、甚至提早在限期前幾個月,就開始他們的英國大學聯招 (UCAS)申請。

大家以為萬事俱備,其實尚有一些需要注意的地方,才能確保在英國G5大學、專科的競技場上取得一席。

選校策略、搭配很重要

在整個UCAS申請中,選擇大學是極為重要的部分。雖然大家報讀的學科、方向相同,但是對於每一位同學而言,你們的申請都是獨一無二的,特別是要參考每位同學的學術成績、科目選擇、個人性格、研究方向等作出分析,來制定適切的選校方案。

以報名醫科為例,個別同學可能在醫科能力考試 (UCAT)中,考取分數大約在中等的水平,在選擇報名醫學院時,就應該採取相對穩健的組合,確保同學能夠獲得面試機會;個別學術成績較優異的同學,在醫學院的選擇搭配上,也應該確保自己獲得面試機會為前提。

參與不同活動,提昇個人履歷

個人自薦信 (Personal Statement) 算得上是申請人的「名片」,有鑑於英國G5大學及專業學科,競爭一向空前絕後,同學都會花盡心思,在「名片」裡盡顯自己最美好的一面。然而,「名片」的字數有限,部分同學的內容未夠「貼地」,往往是因為同學此前較少參與相關的活動。同學可以藉著暑假或長假期,參與跟報名科目最有關連的活動,為自己的個人履歷積累相關經驗,申請時自當脫穎而出,勝人一籌。

了解自己的就業方向

普遍同學都會了解自己「想讀某科」,但是未必人人都意識到自己的就業和發展方向,有時候可能會在人云亦云、大勢所趨等字眼下,選取了一個未必是自己喜歡的課程;又或是對於完成科目後的職業發展走向,未有確切的了解。

在修讀學科前,應該率先了解完成學科後的不同出路;另外,個別同學尚未有明確的就業意向,也可以透過參加不同的相關活動,從而強化自己對不同行業的實際認知,也能增潤個人履歷。

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Programme Official AEAS Test Preparation Course
Hours Attended 30

Andy attended a local Hong Kong secondary school. Despite having average grades at school, he has always been afraid of English, to the point of hesitating to speak it. Andy is a typical slow starter; when under pressure, he easily feels overwhelmed. This became even more evident after he took the AEAS test unprepared, resulting in scores far below expectations. The AEAS report recommended Andy to undertake an English course for 20-30 weeks, and the substantial cost of attending a 30-week language course in Australia, including tuition, accommodation, and student insurance, caused considerable concern for his parents. Not only were they considering the dual factors of time and finances, but they also hoped that Andy could have more opportunities to apply to his desired schools. That's when they found us, the only official preparatory course institution recognized by AEAS. In the 1-on-1 courses at Ascent Prep, students receive meticulous instruction from teachers and consultants, improving their English skills and gradually overcoming their fear of English. To the parents' surprise, the child performed excellently in the AEAS test. By achieving good results in Hong Kong, the AEAS report reduced the required language class from 30 weeks to just 4 weeks before entering mainstream schools in Australia. This not only saved money but also allowed the child to integrate into the Australian mainstream education system sooner.

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