Education in England
The education system in the UK is one of the most comprehensive ever. Being the leading super power in the world for a very long period of time, before the US took over, Britain’s educational pattern was superior and was followed by many countries around the world including the Indian Subcontinent.
The various stages of education in the UK are categorized into basic education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children are expected to learn their primary and secondary education around 5 to 16 years.
This system has 4 key stages. Stage one education is generally between 5-7 years, second stage is between 7-11 years, stage three is between 11-14 years and stage four is between 14 and 16 years. Stage one and two are treated by primary schools while three and four are treated by secondary schools.
Each student is evaluated based on their performance at the end of this stage. The most important evaluation is that at that time, a student completes his high school. After this stage, at the age of 16, a student is allowed to choose further education or begin his work.
After completing GCSE, UK students have several options to choose from where students complete their A-levels. A British student who plans to take tertiary education at a college or university must complete further education before they proceed to their A level, BTEC qualifications, GNVQ and others (which are widely referred to as Vocational programs).
With 100 universities offering various degree programs for UK and overseas students, the country offers great opportunities both for and after education. Most courses in the UK run for three years while today sandwich courses that last for four years are increasingly popular. Professional degrees such as medicine, law and veterinary medicine can take up to five years.
Each level or stage of education has different entry requirements that must be met by students in order to be eligible. The first and foremost requirement, especially in the case of foreign students is English. Doing the TOEFL, IELTS and UCLES tests and passing out on one of them would be good enough.
The entrance to the GSCE, which you take, depends on the school you choose because you generally have to register with these schools. The A-level entry requirements also depend on the school you choose because independent private schools have different norms. The entry requirements for vocational courses are quite strong in your English skills. Here again some schools may have special requirements.
University entry requirements depend on the course of study you are taking. Most degree programs require graduation at A-level with a number of universities that require certain grades for eligibility. An international student can enter the university without graduating level A or reaching the UK education system but must have a certain level of credential points as required by the study program or university.
UCAS (University Admissions Services and Colleges) handles all application services for universities and will detail eligibility criteria, opening dates, fee structures, duration and other details on each program offered.
The education system in Scotland is different and does not always have all the information provided above.
“On the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends – Benjamin Disraeli”. Taking education in a noble country like England is as great as trying to visit the Moon for a picnic.